Get Familiar With These NHL® Venues That Every Hockey Fan Should Know

Get Familiar With These NHL® Venues That Every Hockey Fan Should Know

The NHL® is approaching its 100th year of exhilarating ice hockey action, and in honor of the milestone we’re taking a look at some of the hockey venues that have made the past century so unforgettable. The NHL began in 1917 with only four Canadian-based franchises and has since expanded to include 30 active franchises across North America. Although the League is comprised of primarily Canadian players, it has seen a dramatic increase in American and European players in recent years, an influx that has helped boost its growing global popularity.

As just about any hockey fan can attest, watching an NHL game live at the rink is the ultimate experience. From the second the puck drops, each period is filled with nonstop action, and many fans enjoy attending simply to soak up the convivial spirit of support and community that fills the air at games. Venues are a source of pride among many fans, and they play an important role in making the experience of attending a game so special.

Below we’ve rounded up 10 NHL venues that are the epitome of classy, historic, and legendary. Let’s take a look.

Madison Square Garden – Home of the New York Rangers®

Madison Square Garden 2015 New York Rangers NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
The national anthem is performed before the New York Rangers face off against the Washington Capitals to start in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty)

Built in 1968, New York City’s Madison Square Garden is the oldest currently active NHL venue. The Rangers joined the NHL in 1926 and they’re the first US team to win a Stanley Cup®, so it’s only fitting that they play in a monumental old-school arena like The Garden. MSG is widely recognized as one of the most legendary sports venues ever — fans are seldom disappointed with their experience at The Garden.

See what Ticketmaster Hockey Fans had to say;

“Great tickets great seats! No better sports arena in the world than MSG!” – Giantsdude

“First time watching a game in MSG – it was unforgettable!!! Everything was perfect – crowd, game, staff etc… Hope to come again.” – Anonymous


Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Former home of the New York Islanders®

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
The New York Islanders celebrate their 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, once home to the New York Islanders opened in 1972. Longtime Islander fans can certainly recall the great dynasty from 1979-1983 when the team went on a tear and won four straight Stanley Cup® Championships. During the run the Islanders shut down and defeated arguably the greatest hockey player of all-time. This classic NHL venue won “Arena of the Year” in 1995. The New York Islanders now call Barclays Center home.


Rexall Place – Home of the Edmonton Oilers®

Rexall Place Edmonton Oilers hockey game NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
(Photo by Marko Ditkun)

Rexall Place, originally Northlands Coliseum, was built in 1974 and remains a timeless NHL venue. Led by one of the greatest hockey players of all-time, the Oilers are a dynasty that fans continue to cherish. Between 1983-1990 they took the League by storm, winning five Stanley Cup® Championships during that time. This classic NHL arena is known for drawing out an exceptionally loud and energetic crowd, with sound levels reaching up to 119 dB during postseason games1. It is important to note that the Oilers will relocate to Rogers Place at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Game on!


Joe Louis Arena – Home of the Detroit Red Wings®

Red Wings Bowl Playoffs Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
Joe Louis Arena is shown prior to the start of Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins on April 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bruins defeated the Wings 3-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Nicknamed “The Joe”, the Joe Louis Arena will always be a classic in the eyes of sports fans. The Joe plays host to the Detroit Red Wings, one of the most successful NHL franchises of all-time and winners of 11 Stanley Cup® Championships — four of which happened on home ice. The Joe is flooded with banners, reminding fans of the franchise’s successful track record. Fans relish the arenas nostalgic atmosphere and quirky traditions — be on the lookout for octopuses being launched onto the ice, it’s a Detroit tradition!

See what Ticketmaster Hockey Fans had to say;

“We saw the Detroit Red Wings play the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena. Great game, fun atmosphere, etc. Nice job with the music, giveaway, events on the ice during intermission to keep fans entertained.” – Anonymous

“Any hockey fan would love getting to experience Joe Louis Arena. The atmosphere is so hockey-centric that you can’t help but feel a part of the family as soon as you enter the building. We went on a winning night, so it made it that much better. I will definitely go again.” – Anonymous


Scotiabank Saddledome – Home of the Calgary Flames®

Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary Flames Arena NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks Round 1 Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Calgary on Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Photo by Jenn Pierce)

The Scotiabank Saddledome, known for its architectural and engineering awards, holds a special place in many NHL fans’ hearts. It is the home of the beloved Calgary Flames, and was built in 1983. The Saddledome is known to be one of the loudest and most energetic hockey arenas in the League, and played host to ice hockey and figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


United Center – Home of the Chicago Blackhawks®

Chicago Blackhawks United Center NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
The crowd cheers after the Chicago Blackhawks scored against the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 3, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Bill Smith/Getty)

The United Center opened in 1994 and is loaded with banners honoring the Blackhawks’ impressive 15 division championships and five Stanley Cups. This venue does a tremendous job of creating a nostalgic and atmosphere for fans by displaying videos, pictures, and statues of champions throughout the arena. The venue also features state-of-the art video projections mapped onto the rink – check out the clip below for a glimpse of the spectacular pre-game show.


Scottrade Center – Home of the St. Louis Blues®

Scottrade Center St Louis Blue Hockey Arena NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
St. Louis Blues flags are presented after a victory against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHL via Getty Images)

The Scottrade Center, built in 1994, is the home of the St. Louis Blues, who made a whopping 25 consecutive playoff appearances from 1979 to 2004. Blues fans are very vocal as they cheer on their team and turn out in droves – the Blues remain one of the most successful NHL teams in terms of attendance. They even sold out every home game in the 2010-2011 season, which shows just how much fans love their Blues!


TD Garden – Home of the Boston Bruins®

TD Garden Boston Bruins Hockey NHL Venue NHL Venues Ticketmaster
A general view of the ice during the pre-game festivities before to start of Game Four of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on June 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

TD Garden, home to the Boston Bruins since 1995, another historic and highly decorated NHL franchise. Since 1924 the Bruins have won six Stanley Cup® Championships, earning a profoundly loyal fanbase in the process. The Bruins’ most recent Stanley Cup® appearance in 2011 yielded one of the loudest and most exhilarating crowds the NHL has ever witnessed — TD Garden recorded cheers of up to 119 dB during Game 6. Attending a Bruins game at TD Garden is truly a remarkable – and awesomely loud — experience.

See what Ticketmaster Hockey Fans had to say;

“The (TD) Garden was a great place to see the game, the fans were wonderful, and there was a great family atmosphere!” – Mikey1965

“You cannot beat the feeling of when the Bruins score and the horn sounds. Unreal! TD garden is super nice and clean. Had a great time.” – ratmloud


Honorable Mentions:

Montreal Forum – Former home of the Montreal Maroons™/Canadiens®

Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Vintage NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
Wide-angle view of the Dallas Stars (left) and the Montreal Canadiens on the ice at the Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 11, 1996. The game, which the Canadiens won 4-1, was their last game played at the Forum, which had been the team’s home for 70 years. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Although the Montreal Forum is no longer NHL-active, how could it possibly be excluded from an NHL Venues list? Built in 1924, the Forum is the former home of the Montreal Maroons/Canadiens, and remains one of the most fondly remembered hockey venues of all time. This monumental NHL venue currently serves as an entertainment center occupied by movie theatres, restaurants, and the like.


Maple Leaf Gardens – Former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs®

Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens Vintage NHL Venues & Arenas Ticketmaster
Kent Douglas #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates towards the puck as teammates goalie Johnny Bower #1, Tim Horton #7 and George Armstrong #10 skate on the ice before a crowded arena of fans during an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Albert Moldvay/National Geographic/Getty Images)

Maple Leaf Gardens is another storied NHL arena that couldn’t possibly be neglected. It opened in 1931 and was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs until 1999. This legendary hockey venue was named a “National Historic Site of Canada” in 2007, a testament to the prestige and historical value it holds. Like the Montreal Forum, Maple Leaf Gardens still holds utility today — it is currently occupied by Loblaws grocery store and Ryerson University’s prestigious athletic facility.


There’s plenty more hockey action as the Stanley Cup Playoffs skate on. Get your NHL tickets now and jump in on the action.

NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. All Rights Reserved.

1. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=565707