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Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers throw their weight behind transportation referendum

Veronica Brezina-Smith
Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers throw their weight behind transportation referendum

Tampa Bay’s three major professional sports teams have announced their support for and donated to the proposed transportation referendum. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers each donated $100,000 to All for Transportation's referendum that would pay for transportation projects and improvements. The joint message from the teams reads: "Our organizations have long supported improvements in transportation in our community, and we proudly support the All for Transportation plan which will reduce congestion, increase safety and expand transportation options for our fans and the citizens of the region." There were also multiple personal donations from Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who initially donated $150,000 to help launch the group’s campaign but also donated $100,000 on Sept. 21.