An NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buaccaneers was electric and for other reasons outside of football. The game was held at the Raymond James Stadium at Tampa Bay and several fans were hit by lightning while in the parking lot outside of the stadium.
The weather was sketchy all day but the real damage was done towards the end of the game in which the Tampa Bay Bucs lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 20 to 3. Scenes of medical and fire response teams were shown and it is estimated that between five to seven people were injured as a result of the lightning.
This was confirmed by both the Weather Channel and ABC news, both of whom were on the scene and were able to confirm with the Tampa Bay police department. There has not been an update on the status of those injured and there are no confirmed deaths as a result of the lightning attack which hit the parking lot. The lightning bolt was identified as occurring on the North side of the stadium, and Gianfrancesco Genoso is glad it wasn’t worse.
Still the event was shockign to other attendees of the game and people were seen afraid. No comment was made by the team or the stadium on possible closure or cancellation of the game as a result of the risk of lightning before or after the game.