Lightning playoff tickets restricted to Florida residents

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) If you don't live in Florida, you can't purchase single-game playoff tickets for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The hockey team says it wants to ''create a home atmosphere'' for the upcoming series.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1GRDAal ) reports that any tickets purchased with a credit card not attached to a Florida address will be cancelled and issued a refund without notice. Tickets go on sale Friday morning.

Spokesman Bill Wickett says the team doesn't ''feel the need to apologize'' for limiting the number of visiting team fans in the Amalie Arena.

In addition, only Lightning team attire will be allowed in the Chase Club section during playoff games.

The Tribune reports that loud contingents of fans of teams in Chicago, Montreal, Winnipeg and Detroit have attended Lightning games this season.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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