Tampa Bay Lightning Have Been Banning Habs Jerseys From Their Home Playoff Games
The Tampa Bay Lightning Organization aren't exactly promoting the spirit of friendly rivalry it seems. According to ESPN, not everyone attending a hockey game in Tampa Bay is allowed to cheer for the team of their choice. In fact, they might not even be able to get tickets.
Bill Wickett, VP of Communications for the Tampa Bay Lightning, was quoted saying "our season-ticket members don't like coming to the building and sitting next to fans from other teams for the games," and that ticket sales for club seat sections would be reserved exclusively for Florida residents. Meaning, if your credit card isn't linked to a Florida billing address, you're not getting in. Poor little Lightning fans, as if it somehow ruined the experience for them.
The restriction goes even further by straight-up forbidding anyone from wearing rival jerseys in the VIP boxes. Apparently, you either remove your jersey when you enter, or they will "graciously" provide you with an alternative, "neutral" colour shirt.
Apparently this isn't illegal either, but does that make it okay? Hockey fans should be able to buy tickets to any game and should have the right to cheer for whatever team they want. After all, that's the spirit of good sportsmanship, is it not?
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