Expo Hall

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Expo Hall is an indoor arena located at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. It is used primarily as an exhibition hall during the Florida State Fair, but has also hosted concerts and sporting events.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies of the defunct North American Soccer League used Expo Hall for eight of their sixteen home games during the 1983–84 indoor season. This would also prove to be the league's final indoor campaign before suspending operations following the 1984 outdoor season.[1]

The arena was more famously used by the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning during the team's inaugural season of 1992-1993. The facility's seating capacity of 10,425 proved too small for the Lightning, and the team relocated to the Tropicana Field (then known as the "Thunderdome") in St. Petersburg for their second season.

In 1994 the expansion Tampa Bay Tritons of Roller Hockey International played for one season at Expo Hall before folding. Mark Messier was the owner of the club.[2]


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Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Tampa Bay Lightning

1992 – 1993
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 27°59′27″N 82°21′45″W / 27.990702°N 82.362549°W / 27.990702; -82.362549