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SBD/September 20, 2011/Franchises
Lightning Close To Selling 11,000 Season Tickets, More Than Double Last Year's Figure
Published September 20, 2011
MUSIC TO MY EARS: In St. Petersburg, John Fleming notes the Lightning this season at St. Pete Times Forum will “take the ice to 'Be the Thunder,' the team’s new theme music played” on a recording by the Florida Orchestra. "Be the Thunder" is “tied into the Lightning's $40 million renovation of the Forum." Lightning CEO & Minority Owner Tod Leiweke said, “The crescendo of this piece of music is going to be these lightning bolts that we're going to shoot in the building, if it all works. There will be coils that shoot bolts of electricity 25 feet each way. How can you be named the Lightning and not have some effect?" Composer Gregory Smith “was commissioned by the Lightning to write the piece, which runs about 21/2 minutes.” Smith said, "When you take a hockey team and have them dance with an orchestra, which this project does, I think it takes it to a real accessible place. I hope to God I see a cellist with a goalie mask somewhere" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/19).