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Downtown Tampa catches playoff hockey fever with Cage the Elephant concert, Game 1 watch party

Posted: 11:57 PM, Apr 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-10 23:57:47-04
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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.

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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.

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