Top NHL Arenas to Catch a Hockey Game
Whether you’re a die-hard hockey fan or you only go to a game once in a blue moon, you want to be comfortable, well-fed, and have a great view of the action. Here are some of the best arenas to catch your favorite teams throughout the country.
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
New York‘s massive, multipurpose venue, which hosts the Rangers, can hold nearly 21,000 people. If you haven’t been since the billion-dollar renovation a few years ago, you’re in for a treat; there are now two sky bridges above the rink that allows fans to have a one-of-kind view of the action.
PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Pittsburgh Penguins call this venue their home, but the PPG Paints Arena also hosts a variety of entertainment events like Disney on Ice, wrestling matches, and concerts from nationally-renowned artists. A variety of concessions are available, from the standard nachos, chicken tenders, burgers and hot dogs to barbecue brisket and gluten-free turkey sandwiches. Seating is plentiful and spacious–spectators enjoy seats up to 24 inches wide, with ample legroom.
Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Check out the L.A. Kings at this state-of-the-art arena, with plenty of private dining and seating options for a truly exclusive experience. At the concessions, you’ll find something for everyone: gourmet pizza, street-style tacos, calamari, deli subs, Shock Top beer, and bratwurst. Bonus: the Staples Center has free wi-fi so that you can share on social media to your heart’s content.
Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Catch the Minnesota Wild on their home turf at the Xcel Energy Center. Meet up before the game for a drink and a bite at the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club, or keep it more casual at the Mich Golden Light Fan Zone. The Club Carvery serves up handcrafted sandwiches, and Goal Line Spirits and Eatery has quick, made-to-order dishes like chicken parmesan and prime rib sandwiches.
Capital One Arena (Washington, D.C.)
Home of the Washington Capitals, this arena–in D.C.‘s Chinatown neighborhood, has 20,000 seats and also hosts NBA, WNBA, AFL, and NCAA games. You’ll find plenty of delicious snacks and drinks here, including the likes of Chick-Fil-A, Absolut, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Papa John’s.
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