The Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team recently named national freight handling firm BlueGrace Logistics of Riverview, Florida as its preferred shipping partner under a three-year agreement.
“It’s a natural fit for us to partner with a world-class organization like the Tampa Bay Lightning,” BlueGrace Logistics founder and CEO Bobby Harris said. “This partnership enables us to team up with the Lightning on charitable initiatives, increase our local visibility and expand our national brand. We look forward to a long-term relationship and years of success with the Tampa Bay Lightning.”
Under the terms of the arrangement, BlueGrace will co-sponsor annual community outreach events with the Lightning and its parent organization — Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment — and sponsor their yearly Bolt Run. Additionally, signage and in-game events will complement the new relationship at the Lightning’s home games at their 19,000-seat Tampa arena.
“Since Jeff Vinik purchased the franchise in 2010, we have looked to align ourselves with world-class brands that share our vision and values on and off the ice, and BlueGrace fully embodies that,” Steve Griggs, Lightning CEO, said. “BlueGrace’s community involvement and commitment to Tampa Bay is aligned with our mission and we look forward to our partnership with them.”
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment oversees the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning and the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm, holding the rights to downtown Tampa’s Amalie Arena where both teams play their home games.