Lightning to Wear Tampa Bay Rays Uniforms Tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will mark the return of Major League Baseball by wearing powder blue Tampa Bay Rays inspired uniforms for their pre-game skate tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.

Unfortunately there’s no clear shot of the front of the jersey released yet but we’ve gotten a look at two of the patches which will adorn the jersey (pics via Twitter/@TBLightning):

On the sleeve, like the ball club will be doing this season, is the new Tampa Bay Rays 20th anniversary logo celebrating 20 years since the then-Devil Rays played their first season in 1998, and since the Rays and Lightning have actually both called the same building home (albeit while using a different name), the Bolts also made note of that with a patch on the front:

Tropicana Field, known as the ThunderDome at the time, was the home arena (stadium?) of the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1993-1996 and set numerous NHL attendance records due to its massive size relative to the rest of the league.

We’ll post a better shot of the special jerseys when we get another look later today.