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Same place, new name: Lightning home arena to get new name

St. Pete Times Forum

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t moving anytime soon, but their home arena is about to get a new name.

St. Pete Times Forum is going to become the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 1, 2012 thanks to the hometown newspaper who bought the rights to name the arena changing its name. Making sure the name sticks around a little longer, the two sides also agreed to extend the naming rights agreement through til 2018.

By that point, Vincent Lecavalier will still have two more years left on his current contract. Maybe by then the Lightning will have retained Steve Stamkos as well.