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Best NHL arenas to visit in North America


The following NHL arenas will give you a good run for your time and money.

Ice hockey is one of the most exciting sports played in North America, and the terrific atmosphere generated in the top stadiums adds to its appeal. 

If you want to enjoy a memorable experience while watching a hockey game, the following NHL arenas will give you a good run for your time and money.

Little Caesars Arena – The Detroit Red Wings
This is one of the newest sporting arenas in North America, as the Detroit Red Wings moved here from their previous home of the Joe Louis Arena in 2017. Despite the relative newness of the place where they play, the Red Wings are one of the most historic and popular teams in the NHL. 

Their story goes back to 1926, although they were called the Cougars and the Falcons before settling on their current name. This is the US team with most Stanley Cups to their name, and the Hockeytown nickname for Detroit is well-earned. 

The arena has room for over 19,500 spectators and is known for the passion and the atmosphere in the big games held here. You’ll also come across the Detroit Pistons basketball team if you head here during the NBA season.       

Madison Square Garden – The New York Rangers
The New York Rangers haven’t had the same levels of success in recent years that they have historically enjoyed. However, they play in one of the most famous and attractive sporting venues in North America. The current Madison Square Garden dates back to the 1960s, although it’s worth remembering that this is the fourth venue with this name to exist in the city of New York.

Located in midtown Manhattan. This arena is home to the NBA’s New York Knicks as well as the Rangers. It’s now one of the oldest venues used for NHL games and is famous around the planet for the likes of the boxing contests and music concerts held here. In fact, it’s been ranked in recent years as the second most popular music venue in the world, based on ticket sales, as well as being the most iconic

While it’s now a few years old, the arena has been completely renovated on a couple of occasions and is now classed as one of the ten costliest stadiums on Earth. 

Bell Centre – The Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens are unique in the sense that they’re even older than the NHL and are the oldest ice hockey team anywhere on the planet. Operating since 1909, they played for about 70 years at the Montreal Forum before moving to the Bell Centre in 1996, where they remain at the time of writing.

This arena’s capacity of over 21,000 for ice hockey games makes it the world’s biggest venue for this sport. It’s also home to many other events throughout the year, from wrestling to music shows like the upcoming concerts from the likes of Slipknot, Alanis Morissette, and Daddy Yankee.

The United Center – The Chicago Blackhawks
Another of the biggest NHL venues, the United Center holds close to 20,000 spectators and is home to the Chicago Blackhawks as well as the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. While it’s the second-biggest NHL venue, this arena holds the title of the biggest venue in the NBA.  

The Blackhawks have been playing their home games here since 1955, and it has the reputation of having some of the best attendances in the league. Among the attractions here are the famous Michael Jordan statue and the statues of two legendary hockey players, Bobby Hill and Stan Mikita. 

The Scotiabank Arena – The Toronto Maple Leafs
Heading back to Canada, we find a stadium in Toronto that can pack in almost 20,000 fans. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cups and have played in several arenas since their founding in 1917, and they have been in their current home at the Scotiabank Arena since 1999.

As well as Toronto’s home games, this excellent arena has also hosted various hockey events like the World Junior Championships in 2015.  It’s been described as the Canadian location that is most frequently posted on Instagram and regularly attracts sell-out crowds to its hockey games.

The Wells Fargo Center – The Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia has a reputation as being one of the top sporting cities in North America, so it’s no surprise to see that the city’s Flyers franchise play in the third-biggest arena in the NHL and in one of the most exciting atmospheres. They share the Wells Fargo Center with the Philadelphia 76ers as well as the Philadelphia Wings.

We’ve seen a couple of Stanley Cup Finals held here since it was opened in 1996. The Flyers used to play their home game in the Spectrum, which means that they’ve always been based in the city’s Broad Street throughout their long history. Games against fierce rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins are where you can expect to find the best atmosphere when you visit this arena.

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