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Lightning Game 3 watch party goes to the beach

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The Tampa Bay Lightning are taking their Official Playoff Parties, formerly held at Amalie Arena and Channelside, on the road during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

For Game Three, when the Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils on the road, you can grab your jerseys and head to Clearwater's Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, now converted into a Bolts watch party.

The party begins at 5:30 p.m., and the puck drops at 7:30. You'll see all the action on giant screens, with the addition of music, fan prize giveaways and, with Mother Nature's assistance, a great sunset.

News Channel 8 sports anchor Dan Lucas is in Newark, New Jersey with the team, which arrived Sunday night.

Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi are still listed as injured and their statuses for Monday night's game haven't been announced. However, they made the trip to Newark with their teammates. The Bolts recalled forward Matthew Peca from their American Hockey League Affiliate just in case he's needed.

Parking Options: 
The closest public parking lot to the event is the Pier 60 lot ($3/hr.) located just southwest of the roundabout, beachside. Street parking can be found both north and south of the roundabout. There are two public parking garages located near the venue on Coronado (Hyatt Regency) and one public parking garage located on the north beach in the Pelican Walk Plaza. Check out this map for a full list of parking spots on Clearwater Beach.

Ferry Service:

The Clearwater Ferry operates daily and can help avoid some traffic. Parking is available for free in downtown Clearwater and there is a small fee for the ferry ride. The ferry is operating on a high-volume schedule due to the Sugar Sand Festival. For the ferry schedule and prices, visit this link.

Trolley Service:

The Suncoast Beach Trolley runs from Treasure Island up to Clearwater Beach

Coastal Jolley Trolley comes from Tarpon Springs and Dunedin to Clearwater Beach

North/South Beach Jolley Trolleys travel throughout Clearwater Beach.

During the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, festival-goers can park for free at Harborview Center or Clearwater City Hall, ride the Trolley for free out to the beach and hop on and off all day for free. Visit www.psta.net/springbreak for location and promotion details.

The Game Four watch party is scheduled for Wednesday at Armature Works along the Tampa Riverwalk. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and the game begins at 7:30. 

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