TAMPA, March 14, 2013-- Starting immediately, Chase is the newest player on the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in a multi-year partnership deal with the arena, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm as official bank, credit card, financial services partner, ATM provider and community partner. The partnership makes Chase one of the lead supporters of the team.
The partnership will combine the power of Chase's community volunteers and the Tampa Bay Lightning working jointly to upgrade hockey rinks and provide hundreds of sets of hockey equipment for youth in communities around the Greater Tampa Bay area. Chase and the Lightning also will partner to award homes to local military vets as part of the Chase Home Award program and to support the University of South Florida's MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management program.
To celebrate the new Community Partnership, Chase and the Lightning will light up the arena with Chase blue in a special in-game ceremony on March 14, when the Lightning hosts the New York Islanders. The following day, volunteers from Chase will join the Lightning's Feeding Children Everywhere initiative on March 15th, hand-packing 100,000 healthy meals that will be distributed to children across Tampa Bay.
"We are fans of Tampa Bay and are very proud to be partnering with one of our city's most important landmarks in bringing the attributes of the Chase brand to the arena. More importantly, we are teaming up with an organization that shares our commitment to building strong communities and together we will be making a difference among young sport fans in Tampa," said Mel Martinez, chairman for JPMorgan Chase in Florida.
Through the partnership, Chase also will bring benefits to the bank's customers, hockey fans and event goers including discounts on team merchandise, unique in-arena experiences through the Chase Ultimate Rewards platform, and player meet-and-greets at local branches. Chase also will receive prominent exposure at the venue through entitlement of the all-inclusive Chase Club, the Times Forum's most exclusive seating area, along with in-ice and dasherboard signage.
"We appreciate the leadership at JPMorgan Chase of Florida for sharing our community-first vision and investing with us to enrich lives in the Tampa Bay area," said Jeff Vinik, Chairman, of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC, which controls the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Storm and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "We believe the partnership will benefit not only both organizations, but most importantly we believe this will be good for the people of our community."
Chase has been aggressively growing its footprint in Greater Tampa Bay, where it serves customers through 59 branches and 284 ATMs. The bank has expanded its presence to include markets like South Tampa, St. Petersburg and others, to serve the local market. In addition, JPMorgan Chase is an important employer in the community, with a workforce representing more than 5,500 people.
In the abbreviated 2012-13 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has enjoyed tremendous fan support, selling out all 13 of its home games to this point; 19,204 per game. Its inspirational Lightning Community Heroes program is in its second season – honoring a grass roots community hero at every home game with a $50,000 grant to the charity of his or her choice.
Also, the team will be joining Chase and other corporate partners in the 100,000 Jobs Mission—an effort to help match 100,000 transitioning service members with corporate employment opportunities.
Chase is a supporter of leading sports events nationwide, through partnerships with the Amway Center, Madison Square Garden and the US Open Tennis Championships, among others.
Chase has more than 17,000 employees, 338 branches, and 1,405 ATMs in Florida. The bank serves more than 6 million consumers, 275,000 small businesses and 375 mid-sized companies across the Sunshine State. Nationwide, Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million consumers and 4 million small businesses through more than 5,500 bank branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com and @ChaseNews.
About Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to the Tampa Bay Times Forum were purchased by Jeff Vinik in March, 2010, through Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, a company which he controls. Vinik added the Tampa Bay Storm to the TBSE portfolio shortly thereafter and then completely transformed the businesses over three years, investing $50 million into a renovation of the publicly owned Tampa Bay Times Forum and committing $10 million to Tampa Bay area charities through the Lightning Community Heroes program. Vinik hired four-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman to serve as General Manager of the Lightning and legendary NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks to serve as President of the Storm, leading to franchise transformations for both clubs.
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