The Best NHL Arenas 

Aaron Hager
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The best NHL arenas are those top venues across the United States and Canada to which 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 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 to 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-oz 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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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 on Wikipedia

Located In: Montreal , Canada

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Xcel Energy Center is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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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 on Wikipedia

Located In: Saint Paul

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Madison Square Garden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Madison Square Garden — sometimes called MSG or The Garden — is an American multi-purpose indoor arena in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York. Located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the "MSG" name, the first two of which were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street. The Garden is used for professional basketball and ice hockey, as well as boxing, concerts, ice shows, circuses, and other forms of sports and entertainment. It is close to other midtown Manhattan landmarks, ...more on Wikipedia

Located In: Manhattan , United States of America

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Bridgestone Arena is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Bridgestone Arena is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, that was completed in 1996. ...more on Wikipedia

Located In: Nashville

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