Lightning limit tickets to Florida residents

TAMPA, Fla. -- If you don't live in Florida, you can't purchase single-game playoff tickets for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the hockey team says it wants to "create a home atmosphere" during the postseason.

The Tampa Tribune reported Friday that any tickets purchased with a credit card not attached to a Florida address will be cancelled and issued a refund without notice. Tickets went on sale Friday morning.

The Lightning's first-round opponent still has yet to be determined.

Spokesman Bill Wickett says the team doesn't "feel the need to apologize" for limiting the number of visiting team fans in the Amalie Arena.

In addition, only Lightning team attire will be allowed in the Chase Club section during playoff games.

The Tribune reported that loud contingents of fans of teams in Chicago, Montreal, Winnipeg and Detroit have attended Lightning games this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.