TAMPA, Fla. — More than 18,000 people packed Amalie Arena Saturday night as the Lightning took on the Detroit Red Wings. A couple of hundred more packed Ferg’s Live to catch one last game there.
The iconic hangout spot is just steps away from Amalie Arena, and it’s because it’s in that prime location that it’s having to close after four years.
“It’s just kind of sad,” customer Cindy Bisick said. “Just like the St. Pete location is for the Rays, this is for the Lightning.”
Ferg’s owners said they knew all along this day would come. The property owners need the spot to make way for a high-rise building, part of the highly-anticipated Water Street development.
Even Ferg’s first-timers from Michigan said they were sad they won’t get to come back again.
“I heard somebody say they’re closing up,” Red Wings fan Tony Wojcik said. “That’s wrong. Look at the crowd. Look at the enthusiasm.”
Customers can still take home a piece of Ferg’s Live history. The bar is auctioning everything inside, including audio equipment, furniture and containers next Wednesday.
On Saturday, fans had no interest in that. They got every last drop of what they really came for.
“Just my beer, I’m good to go,” Bisick joked.
Ferg’s Live’s owners said they do plan to relocate, but where they have not yet decided where they will go.
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