The AMALIE Arena staff continues to impress guests with facility renovations. A completely reimagined Lexus Lounge was the focus of 2016 arena improvements, which took place in just over 80 days over the summer. Funding for the renovations was solely financed by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.
“We are thankful to Mr. Vinik for his continued investment in Amalie Arena to provide a world-class environment for all of our fans to enjoy,” said Darryl Benge, EVP and Arena GM. “These upgrades will ensure that we continue to provide our guests with world-class service, while attracting premier concerts, family shows, and championship events.”
The Lexus Lounge serves as the premium hospitality space for all guests seated in rows A and B during Lightning hockey games, while also operating as the entry, restroom, and premium food and beverage location for all other events with floor seating. The renovations continue an arena makeover, which commenced during the summer of 2011, approximately 15 months after Vinik’s purchase of the team in 2010. To date, more than $98 million has been spent on the facility over the past five years, which consists of public and private investments.
Within the short 80-day renovation, the Lexus Lounge received a complete overhaul. The new space features a widened entryway, higher ceilings, renovated restrooms, as well as upgraded and relocated food and beverage locations. Designers were able to add almost 1,000 square feet to the previous layout to further enhance the already world-class service within the space. The renovations were designed by the former Tampa office of Gould Evans, with local MEP design performed by Volt Air Mechanical. Construction management of the entire project was completed by the Tampa office of Manhattan Construction Company.