NHL Arena Bucket List: My Top 3

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Though I have been a hockey fan for the majority of my life, the list of NHL arenas that I have visited is somewhat limited. I have been to both homes of the New Jersey Devils; Continental Airlines Arena (now Izod Center) and the Prudential Center, as well as Nationwide Arena and Madison Square Garden. That leaves me with 27 other current arenas to experience. I could write a lengthy post detailing all of the arenas I would like to visit, but I thought I would share the Top 3 on my NHL Arena bucket list.

3. Jobing.com Arena

Nov 9, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; A view of the arena before the game between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Washington Capitals at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes defeated the Capitals 4-3 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Bet you didn’t think you would see the home of the Phoenix Coyotes on this one! After following the Coyotes ownership saga over the last few years, I have seen my interest in the team grow (I somewhat consider them my “West Coast team”) and from what I have heard, Jobbing.com Arena is a great (but sadly often empty) place to see a hockey game.

Winters in Cleveland are pretty frigid, especially once you hit the January / February mark, so traveling to the desert to see a hockey game sounds pretty inviting right now.

Another thing I would love to experience is the tailgate parties that the new ownership group has started for all weekend games. Back in the 90s, tailgating at the Meadowlands before a Devils playoff game was a New Jersey tradition, one that was lost with the move to Newark.

Once inside Jobing.com Arena, you get to enjoy one of the newer arenas in the NHL with all of its modern amenities. Another positive: tickets won’t break the bank; it should come as no surprise that good seats are pretty affordable for Phoenix Coyotes games.

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