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The best NHL arenas are those top venues across the United States and Canada where millions of hockey fans flock to cheer on their favorite teams each year. From those with rich history, like Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, to the newest arenas in the National Hockey League, like the Consol Energy Center, opened in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and every arena in between, this list of NHL arenas settles once and for just which are the best arenas the NHL has to offer.

Those looking for a great fan experience might choose older arenas with more charm, such as Rexall Place, home to the Edmonton Oilers, or Joe Louis Arena, where the Detroit Red Wings play. Others might want the amenities of modern arenas such as the Prudential Center, home ice for the New Jersey Devils, or the MTS Center, where the NHL's newest (returning) franchise, the Winnipeg Jets, resides.

Others might look for what else the arena offers besides the game itself. Carolina Hurricanes fans can find tailgate food at PNC Arena. Few can pass up the yummy buffalo wings at the First Niagara Center when watching the Buffalo Sabres. Looking for a cheap beer? The Pepsi Center, home to the Colorado Avalanche, has the cheapest around per ounce at just $6.25 for a 24 ounce brew.

Any hockey fan will tell you their home arena is the best place to catch an NHL game and take in that fan spirit in the air but for one reason or another, these arenas are loved by fans around the league as above and beyond the rest. Vote up your favorite NHL arena below to determine the coolest NHL arenas, then head over and select the best NFL stadiums and best MLB ballparks too!
Bell Centre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Bell Centre


Montreal Canadiens

The Bell Centre, formerly known as the Molson Centre or Le Centre Molson, is a sports and entertainment complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It opened on March 16, 1996 after nearly three years under construction. It is best known as the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team. It is currently owned by a partnership group headed by Geoff Molson and his brothers, Andrew and Justin. The same ownership group also owns the Montreal Canadiens and Evenko, an entertainment event promoter. Since it opened in 1996, it has consistently been listed as one of the world's busiest arenas, usually receiving the highest attendance of any arena in Canada. In 2012, it was the ...more

Located In: Montreal , Canada

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Bridgestone Arena is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Bridgestone Arena


Bridgestone Arena is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, that was completed in 1996. ...more

Located In: Nashville

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Air Canada Centre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Air Canada Centre


The Air Canada Centre is a multi-purpose indoor sporting arena located on Bay Street in the South Core district of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League. It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League during their brief existence. The arena is popularly known as the ACC or the Hangar. The arena is owned and operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., the same group that owns both the Leafs and Raptors, and is 665,000 square feet in size. In 2008, the ACC was the fifth busiest arena ...more

Located In: Bay Street , Canada , Toronto , Ontario

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Xcel Energy Center is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Xcel Energy Center


Minnesota Wild

The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is named for its locally based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. With an official capacity of 17,954, the arena has four spectator levels: one suite level and three general seating levels. The arena is owned by the city of Saint Paul and operated by Minnesota Sports & Entertainment. Home to the NHL's Minnesota Wild and the NLL's Minnesota Swarm, it is on the same block as the RiverCentre convention facility, Roy Wilkins Auditorium and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown St. Paul. It also served as official home to the 2008 Republican National Convention. ...more

Located In: Saint Paul

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