The arena is Tampa’s premier entertainment venue hosting more than 150 events annually, including sporting events, concerts, political debates, comedy and family shows.
The doors to the 670,000-square-foot Amalie Arena (originally called the Ice Palace) first opened on October 12, 1996 with its first event, the Royal Hanneford Circus. In 2002, the building was renamed from the Ice Palace to the St. Pete Times Forum as part of a new partnership with the St. Petersburg Times. On December 31, 2011 the St. Petersburg Times changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times, and to follow suit the arena was unveiled as the Tampa Bay Times Forum. In August 2014, local Tampa Bay company Amalie Oil entered an agreement for the naming rights to the arena.
Some of the most notable events held at the arena include numerous high-profile events including the 1999 NHL All-Star Game, the 2007 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four, the 2009 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2012 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four and more.