Rahm Emanuel blasts Tampa Bay Lightning management, welcomes Tampa Bay fans to Chicago

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back at the Tampa Bay Lightning management after the comments made about disallowing Blackhawks fans to purchase tickets or wear Blackhawks apparel to games held in the Amalie Arena.

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Emanuel said he welcomes all Tampa Bay fans to travel to Chicago and spend money in the city he helps run.

Chicago Blackhawks supporters are know to be among the best in the NHL, and certainly we wish the Tampa Bay Lightning management would welcome Chicago fans to their city and not be afraid to let them into their arena for the Stanley Cup finals. As Mayor of Chicago, I welcome Tampa fans — and hockey fans from around the country — fly to Chicago and enjoy our world class hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions, and then go watch Stanley Cup hockey in Chicago. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Emanuel says he wants the Tampa Bay fans to fly to Chicago and watch the games, but he doesn’t make his comments specific enough to know if he actually wants the Lightning fans to watch the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center.

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