The NHL is full of new stadiums, many less than 10 years old. These stadiums are often decked out with the latest Jumbotron technology and the best accommodations for ticket-holders. Many teams change venues in order to locate their games in a better neighborhood and that always results in a safer, more fun experience for everyone. Here is a list of the top five newest NHL stadiums.
5. American Airlines Center, Dallas Stars, 2001
Aside from concerts and the Dallas Stars, the American Airlines Center is also home to the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Vigilantes. The arena is located near downtown Dallas next to local shopping and dining. American Airlines purchased naming rights to the arena for $195 million dollars. At the time it was built, the arena cost $420 million dollars to build. Next to the AAC is AT&T Plaza. The Plaza has a large outdoor high-definition TV screen and hosts outdoor concerts and events throughout the year. The AAC has a capacity of 18,532 making it the highest capacity arena in the Pacific Division.
4. Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix Coyotes, 2003
Construction costs of the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale Arizona were only $180 million. The Arizona Cardinals play just across the street int he University of Phoenix Stadium. For hockey games, the stadium can hold 17,125 fans making it the arena with the lowest capacity in the Pacific Division. Jobing.com paid $30 million dollars for ten year naming rights to the stadium.
3. MTS Center, Winnipeg Jets, 2004
The MTS Center has the lowest capacity of any other NHL stadium at just over 15,000. A deal was completed only recently to move the Atlanta Thrashers franchise to Winnipeg. Since its opening in 2004 the MTS Center has undergone some renovations including adding a peanut free zone for allergy sufferers and improving restrooms. The venue is known for its excellent acoustics and has hosted a variety of events and concerts.
2. Prudential Center, New Jersey Devils, 2007
Located in Newark, New Jersey the Prudential Center is home to the Devils and the Seton Hall Pirates. The WNBA Liberty and NBA Nets also played games here while their arenas were being renovated. For hockey games the Center holds 17,625 fans and cost $375 million to construct. Prudential Financial paid $105.3 million dollars for naming rights through the next 20 years.
1. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2010
The Consol Energy Center is only the second arena for the Penguins, most NHL teams have gone through at least three. Shortly after it opened, it was claimed to be one of the best indoor concert and sporting arenas in the world. For hockey games, the $321 million dollar arena can hold 18,000+ fans. Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh both play games at the Consol Center. The Pittsburgh Power, a brand new Arena Football team is expected to play its games at the center as well.
For the upcoming season I recommend trying to find the time to catch some NHL games at these fantastic new venues. They do not yet have the history of some other stadiums, but the five newest NHL arenas are a great place to catch a hockey game.