TAMPA, Fla. -- Despite the Tampa Bay Lightning's heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was a star-studded kickoff for Wednesday's playoff watch party.
Several thousand fans packed Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park as Grammy Award-winning Cage the Elephant electrified Bolts fans before the big game.
"Love the energy, loved the young people come out and celebrate a crazy band," said Pete Schmied.
It didn't take long before the hometown team gave the crowd something to cheer about. The Bolts raced to a 3-0 lead to end the first period.
However, things took a shocking turn for Lightning fans as the team allowed four unanswered goals and lost Game 1 at home to the Blue Jackets.
Curtis Hixon featured several food trucks, big screen TV's, games, and fan giveaways.
“To come out and celebrate with a bunch of fans who aren’t at the game but are part of Tampa, what an awesome experience," said Schmied.
The playoff watch party for Game 2 will take place at Thunder Alley Friday.
You can follow the complete coverage of the Lightning's Quest for the Cup right here on ABC Action News.