— Lightning Insider (@Erik_Erlendsson) April 10, 2022
Awesome intermission element from the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Zambabi!
Nick Farmer from the Lighting helped with the background on this eye-catching ride: “It was an idea that was brought to us from a very sweet family of Lightning fans, the Quinns. They made their kids a little Zamboni cart that they pushed around their neighborhood. We let them bring it to a game, then they let us keep it. People liked it so much that we invested in an upgraded version. It is a 4-wheeler with a 3-D printed plastic shell over top and a bench hitched behind it so kids can ride along.”
It leads out the team of Zambonis that clean the ice. The kids riding it have a little steering wheel and they absolutely LOVE it! There’s also a horn built in too! It puts smiles on fans’ faces in every corner of the arena. The players’ kids have really taken a liking to it and often get rides after warmups/before the game!”
Love the organic start, the reinvestment in the idea and the evolution of the Zambabi with the Lightning.
Thanks Nick Farmer for his insights.