25 Largest Hockey Arenas In The NHL

By Biraj Khanal / 7 December 2023 11:04 AM

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The National Hockey League, also called NHL has some of the most impressive and iconic arenas in the world, which create an electrifying atmosphere.

These aren't just places for games; they're vibrant gathering spots, cultural landmarks, and economic fuels for their communities to grow stable and financially where they nestled.

Each NHL venue provides its unique charm and atmosphere, contributing to the league's rich history and passionate fan culture. 

Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply a regular observer, these arenas are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression once you visit. 

Created on their structure, some venues provide more seating capacity whereas some provide less seating capacity seeing their spaces around. 

1. Bell Centre - Montreal Canadiens

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  • Capacity: 21,302
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • Opened: 1996
  • Home team: Montreal Canadiens

The Bell Centre is one of the iconic NHL arenas and is considered the largest of all.

It has hosted some of the most memorable moments in NHL history and is also known for its electrifying atmosphere called the loudest NHL arena.

The arena is considered the second largest ice hockey arena in the world behind the SKA arena located in Russia. 

Montreal Canadiens were its primary tenants from 1996 till 2023 and is owned by the Molson Family through Groupe CH ownership.

2. Scotiabank Arena - Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Capacity: 19,800
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Opened: 1999
  • Home team: Toronto Maple Leafs

Scotiabank Arena was first owned by the NBA team Toronto Raptors but later converted into a multipurpose arena with the addition of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The venue has hosted numerical hockey-related events including the World Hockey Summit and the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

The capacity ranges from 19800 for NBA games to 18,800 for hockey and covers 665,000 square feet and six floors. 

It was originally called the Air Canada Centre and was renamed Scotiabank Arena in 2018.

3. United Center - Chicago Blackhawks

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  • Capacity: 19,717,
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Opened: 1994
  • Home team: Chicago Blackhawks

The United Center made way for the public on 18th August 1994. The Blackhawks and the Bulls share 50-50 ownership with the teams doing everything to upgrade the center. 

The venue has introduced flatscreen TVs, additional food and beverage stations, and a new scoreboard. 

The venue has hosted the 3 Stanley Cup finals in 2010, 2013, and 2015 where the home team won the 2015 finals at home.

It is also home to the statues of Blackhawk's finest players, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. 

4. Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia Flyers

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  • Capacity: 19,543
  • Location: Philadelphia
  • Opened: 1996
  • Home team: Philadelphia Flyers 

With a capacity of 19,543, the Wells Fargo stands as the fourth largest NHL arena. It was opened to the public in 1996 and is home to two other teams than the Flyers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Wings.

The arena has hosted the memorable 1997 Stanley Cup finals, the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, and the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyer's mascot Gritty can be seen wandering around the arena before the Flyers games. 

5. Little Caesars Arena - Detroit Red Wings

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  • Capacity: 19,515
  • Location: Midtown, Detroit
  • Opened: 2017
  • Home team: Detroit Red Wings

This NHL arena is the newest arena to make the list after being publicly opened in 2017. 

It is home for the two teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. After the closing of their old arena, this arena was opened in just under three weeks which featured the game between Red Wings and Bruins. 

It also has hosted the Great Lakes Invitational, as well as the NCAA Men's Frozen Four Ice hockey events.

6. Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary Flames

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  • Capacity: 19,289
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Opened: 1983
  • Home team: Calgary Flames

The Saddledome was built in 1983 as the replacement for the smaller Stampede Corral with only 7,745 limited seats. 

After the Flames joined the NHL and the interest was raised in the 1988 Winter Olympics, this development was implemented and the stadium was created.

The arena has hosted numerous important NHL events including the 1985 NHL All-Star Game, the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, and the 3 Stanley Cup finals in 1986,1989, and 2004.

7. Amerant Bank Arena - Florida Panthers

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  • Capacity: 19,250
  • Location: Sunrise, Florida 
  • Opened: 1998
  • Home team: Florida Panthers

The Amerant Bank Arena previously called the FLA Live Arena till 2023 is the largest indoor arena in Florida. 

Florida played their first NHL home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It has changed its name numerous times over the years, like BB&T Arena in 2012 and FLA Live Arena in 2021.

Amerant has hosted the major NHL events including the 2001 and 2015 NHL Entry Draft as well as the 2023 NHL All-Star game.

8. Amalie Arena - Tampa Bay Lightning

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  • Capacity: 19,902
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Opened: 1996
  • Home team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Originally called the Ice Palace, the Amalie Arena opened publicly in October 1996. 

The venue has hosted major events in the Lightning's history, including their first NHL game against the New York Rangers, where they won 5-3.

Other hosted events include the 1999 NHL All-Star Game, Games (1, 2, 5, and 7) of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals, and Games (1, 2, and 5) of the 2015 Stanley Cup finals.

9. Keybank Center - Buffalo Sabres

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  • Capacity: 19,070 
  • Location: Buffalo, NewYork
  • Opened: 1996
  • Home Team: Buffalo Sabres 

KeyBank Center, an indoor arena in Buffalo, New York serves as the home arena of the Buffalo Sabres. The arena was named Marine Midland Arena during its opening in 1996.

Later, the arena was renamed HSBC Arena in 1999 and First Niagara Center in 2011 before transforming into KeyBank Center in 2016.

It is the largest indoor arena in Western New York with 19,070 capacity for ice hockey games and 20,732 for other events.

The venue has hosted several major NHL events, including the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2003 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game, the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Frozen Four, and the 2016 NHL Draft.

10. Rogers Arena - Vancouver Canucks

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  • Capacity: 18,910
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Opened: 1995
  • Home Team: Vancouver Canucks

Rogers Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena and serves as the home for the NHL team, Vancouver Canucks.

It was partially motivated by the 1995 NBA expansion into Canada bringing a team to Vancouver.

The arena has hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics ice hockey games and concerts, family shows, and other sporting events.

Rogers Arena, a state-of-the-art facility, is a beloved home for the Vancouver Canucks and a popular tourist destination that creates significant revenue for the city of Vancouver.

11. PNC Arena - Carolina Hurricanes

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  • Capacity: 18,680
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Opened: 1999
  • Home Team: Carolina Hurricanes

PNC Arena is an indoor arena with an 18,680 capacity for ice hockey games and serves as the home for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

Originally named Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena since its opening, it was later renamed RBC Center in 2002 before becoming PNC Arena in 2012.

The venue is often considered as "The Loudest House in the NHL" due to its enthusiastic fan base and crowds.

The arena hosted the playoff series in 2001, as well as the Games ( 3,4, and 6) of the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs and also the playoffs and finals the following year.

The Playoffs later took place at the venue in 2009, and next a decade later in 2019.

12. Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa Senators

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  • Capacity: 18,652
  • Location: Kanata, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Opened: 1996
  • Home Team: Ottawa Senators

The multipurpose arena located in Ottawa has been the home of the Ottawa Senators since its opening.

Originally called Palladium, it was later renamed Corel Center in 1996 and later Scotiabank Place in 2006 before becoming Canadian Tire Centre in 2013.

The venue has hosted the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the NHL All-Star Game in 1999 and 2012.

13. America Airlines Center - Dallas Stars

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  • Capacity: 18,532
  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Opened: 2001
  • Home team: Dallas Stars

The American Airlines Center, located in Dallas, Texas, is the 13th largest arena in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a maximum capacity of 18,532 for hockey games.

The City of Dallas takes full ownership of this venue and is home to the NHL team Dallas Stars and NBA team Dallas Mavericks.

It has also hosted numerous sporting events, including the 2010 NBA Finals, the 2007 55th NHL All-Star Game, and the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

Furthermore, the venue has also hosted the watchparty of the 2020 Stanley Cup finals between the Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning which the Stars lost in six games.

14. Capital One Arena - Washington Capitals

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  • Capacity: 18,506
  • Location: Washington D.C
  • Opened: 1997
  • Home team: Washington Capitals

The Capital One Arena serves as the home arena of the National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Washington Capitals. 

This iconic arena has been a crucial part of the city's sports scene since its opening in 1997.

The arena has hosted major NHL events like the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, and 1997,2015 NHL All-Star Game.

Other major events include the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships, 2009 NCAA Men's D1 Frozen Four, and NHL Winter Classic.

15. PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh Penguins

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  • Capacity: 18,387
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Opened: 2010
  • Home Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

With 18,387 seating capacity for NHL games, it serves among the top 25 NHL arenas in the list. It is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins since its opening.

It is a multipurpose arena that includes features like a retractable roof, a 360-degree concourse, a variety of restaurants and bars, and a museum dedicated to the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

PPG has hosted numerous significant NHL events including two Stanley Cup finals in 2016 and 2017, NHL All-Star Games in 2017, the 2023 NHL Winter Classic, and the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

16. Rogers Place - Edmonton Oilers

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  • Capacity: 18,347
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • Opened: 2016
  • Home team: Edmonton Oilers

Rogers Place is a state-of-the-art arena located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with 18,347 seatings for ice hockey.

It is the home for the NHL team, Edmonton Oilers, and the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Edmonton Rush.

The arena features a retractable roof, a 5,000 sq ft LED scoreboard, and a variety of amenities for fans to enjoy.

It has also hosted events including the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2023 NHL Centennial Fan Arena 2023, and the NHL Heritage Classic 2022.

17. Arena - Los Angeles Kings

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  • Capacity: 18,230
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Opened: 1999
  • Home team: Los Angeles Kings

Formerly known as Staples Center, it is a renowned multi-purpose indoor arena and a major center for sports, entertainment, and cultural events, attracting millions of visitors each year.

It is the home for the NHL team, LA Kings who play their home game in front of 18,230 fans. 

The events that the venue hosted include the NHL All-Star Game in 2002, 2011, and 2018, two Stanley Cup finals in 2012 and 2014, and the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

18. Nationwide Arena - Columbus Blue Jackets

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  • Capacity: 18,144
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Opened: 2000
  • Home team: Columbus Blue Jackets

The multi-purpose indoor arena in Columbus, Ohio is the home of the NHL team, the Blue Jackets. 

It holds a capacity of 18,144 fans during ice hockey games whereas 19,500 and up to 20,000 fans can be seen during basketball and other concerts.

Its unique features include OhioHealth Ice Haus, a 360-degree concourse, Luxury suites and VIP areas, and a team store.

The NHL events include the 2004 NHL All-Star Game, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and the 2023 NHL Winter Classic.

19. Enterprise Center - St. Louis Blues

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  • Capacity: 18,096
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Opened: 1994
  • Home team: St. Louis Blues

The Enterprise Center, home to the St. Louis Blues, is a modern arena buzzing with energy with 18,096 seats pulsating with passionate fans cheering for their beloved Blues.

The arena, which opened in 1994, proudly features a retractable roof, stunning LED displays, and an expansive 360-degree concourse that is home to a variety of excellent restaurants and shops.

Since its opening, has been a prominent stage for several major NHL events with notable events, including the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996 and 2019, NHL All-Star games in 2000 and 2020, the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, and the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Frozen Four.

20. Madison Square Garden - New York Rangers

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  • Capacity: 18,006
  • Location: New York
  • Opened: 1968
  • Home team: New York Rangers

Located at the heart of New York City, Madison Square Garden (MSG) is more than just an arena; it's an icon since its opening in 1968.

The venue serves as the home of the New York Rangers, one of the NHL's most storied franchises with 18,006 for hockey.

When the Rangers take on the ice, the arena becomes a cauldron of noise and energy. 

MSG has hosted several major NHL events including the Stanley Cup Finals a total of 16 times, the All-Star Game a record 10 times, and the NHL Entry Draft in 2006.

21. XCEL Energy Center - Minnesota Wild

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  • Capacity: 17,954
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Opened: 1999
  • Home team: Minnesota Wild

Considered the Hockey Haven, it is nested in the heart of Denver, Colorado, and is a proud home to the NHL's Colorado Avalanche.

Opened in 1999, the arena boasts a seating capacity of 18,007 for hockey and is one of the loudest and most intimidating arenas in the NHL.

The venue has witnessed numerous memorable moments in franchise history including the Stanley Cup Championships in 2001 and 2002,  the electrifying goals of Joe Sakic the clutch saves of Patrick Roy, 

22. Ball Arena - Colorado Avalanche

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Ball Arena is a rocky mountain home for hockey and is situated in Denver, Colorado.

It is a modern arena known for its electrifying vibrance and atmosphere as it is home to the Avalanche in the NHL.

With a capacity of 18,007 fans, the venue transforms into a wave of Avalanche blue and roars with the cheers of passionate fans.

It has also witnessed historic moments including Stanley Cup wins in 2001 and 2022 and the electrifying playoff runs boosted by their high octane attack.

Ball Arena has been graced by some of the greatest players to wear the Avalanche jersey including Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg.

23. T.D Garden - Boston Bruins

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  • Capacity: 17,565
  • Location: New England, Boston
  • Opened: 1995
  • Home team: Boston Bruins

The T.D Garden defines the Boston Landmark roaring with the hockey passion of the fans. 

Nestled in Boston's heart, it has been the home of the Boston Bruins since 1995, the passionate and storied NHL franchise. 

The garden rises with the unwavering dedication of Bruins fans during the home games transforming into the cauldron of noises. 

Numerous iconic moments that the venue has seen included the 6 Stanley Cup Championships as the jubilant celebrations erupted after Bruins hoisted the cup six times with the most recent being in 2011.

24. SAP Center - San Jose Sharks

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  • Capacity: 17,562
  • Location: San Jose, California
  • Opened: 1993
  • Home team: San Jose Sharks 

A hub for NHL Action in San Jose, SAP Center is known as the state-of-the-art arena which has been a prominent state for hosting major NHL events since 1993.

With the buzzing atmosphere of 17,562 fans, the arena is home to one of the NHL teams, San Jose Sharks. The passionate fanbase creates an electrified atmosphere making it the toughest arena to visit for away teams.

NHL events hosted in SAP include the 1999 NHL All-Star Game, the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and the 2023 NHL Heritage Classic.

25. T-Mobile Arena - Vegas Golden Knights

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  • Capacity: 17,368
  • Location: Paradise, Las Vegas
  • Opened: 2016
  • Home team: Vegas Golden Knights

The T-Mobile Arena serves as the home of the NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights, and was opened in 2016. 

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the venue boasts a seating capacity of 17,368 for hockey games offering a unique and electrifying atmosphere for fans and players. 

The venue witnessed the 2023 Stanley Cup finals where its home team, VGK made their historic run to the finals. Other former events include the 2017 NHL Expansion draft, the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and the 2016 NHL Awards.

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