By on October 13, 2011

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced new key business
partnerships with PNC Bank and Little Caesars pizza.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome PNC and Little Caesars to the
Lightning family of partners today,” Lightning Chief Operating Officer
Steve Griggs said. “As we continue to construct a world class
organization we will need world-class partners such as PNC and Little
Caesars. Both organizations represent the very best in their respective
sectors, both in business and in their local communities.”

The Lightning’s agreement with PNC Bank makes it the official retail and
commercial banking partner of the team and the St. Pete Times Forum. The
deal also gives naming rights to the arena’s all-inclusive club, formerly
the Channelside Club, to the bank. The club will now be known as the PNC
Bank Club.

“Jeff Vinik and the Tampa Bay Lightning strive for excellence in
everything they do, and in a very short period of time, built one of the
best franchises in all of sports while simultaneously establishing
themselves as a leader in the region’s business community,” said Joe
Meterchick, regional president of PNC Bank for Central-West Florida. “PNC,
the Vinik Family and the Tampa Bay Lightning share common values including
investing in the communities that we live and serve. We are excited about,
and we look forward to, strengthening our partnership and furthering our
commitment to the economic vitality of the region while raising the
awareness of our brands.”

PNC Bank is a division of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
(<>). PNC is one of the nation’s largest
diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business
banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for
corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real
estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; asset
management and global fund services.

The Lightning also announced today that Little Caesars Pizza is the
official pizza of the Bolts, Tampa Bay Storm and the St. Pete Times Forum.
Little Caesars will have three locations in the St. Pete Times Forum at
sections 115, 210 and 325. Little Caesars is also the presenting sponsor
of the Lightning’s 10-pack ticket plans. Little Caesars is known for
innovations including Pizza!Pizza!(r), Crazy Bread(r) and HOT-N-READY(r),
which offers customers fresh, hot pizza with no waiting or need to call
ahead. This season all fans who invest in a Lightning 10-pack plan will
receive a free HOT-N-READY(r) pizza. Little Caesars operates stores
throughout the Tampa Bay area serving nine counties from Port Charlotte
North to Crystal River and the Gulf Beaches East to Lakeland.


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