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8 Loudest Arena In NHL and Decibels Record

By Abhay Acharya / 27 September 2023 04:34 AM

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Loudest NHL arena decibels recorded to date is 135 decibels in the Bell Center. It occurred during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.

The Montreal Canadiens' home, Bell Center, previously referred to as Molson Center, set the record-high decibel rating of 135 decibels when the Les Habitants all together cheered the team on each goal during game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL games are usually loud and range from about 100.7 to 104.1 decibels on average. With 85 decibels as the maximum allowable daily noise dose for 8 hours per day, the NHL arenas tend to surpass the limit, leading to the risk of hearing impairment in the audience and the players. 

Following the Bell Center Arena, the loudest NHL arenas are PNC Arena, Bridgestone Arena, United Center, Maddison Square Garden, SAP Center at San Jose, Rogers Arena, and Xcel Energy Center.

Bell Center

Bell Center organizes hockey, basketball, and MMA along with concerts and theatre. It holds the loudest NHL arena record of 135 dBs. 

This arena is home to the NHL's oldest and most successful team, the Montreal Canadiens. It has a seating capacity of 21,105 for NHL matches. 

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Bell Center came into operation on 16 March 1996 as Molson Center, reflecting the then-owner of the Montreal Canadiens, Molson Family. Since then, the multi-purpose venue has hosted several hockey events, incorporating its initial Stanley Cup Finals in 2021. 

Furthermore, this arena is rich in French-speaking culture rather than English. It is why the national anthem of Canada is sung chiefly in French, contributing to the loud chanting of the fans during the famous 'ole' chant. 

Hence, due to its highest capacity of holding more than 21000 attendees in the NHL and a strong fan base towards the Canadiens, a record-high chanting of 135 decibels was witnessed during game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoff against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

PNC Arena

PNC Arena is an indoor arena that hosts ice hockey matches along with basketball and concerts. This is the second loudest arena in NHL.

Previously referred to as the RBC Center, it came into operation in 1999 with Caroline Hurricanes assuming the arena's operational control.

After that, it was officially renamed to PNC Arena on 15 March 2012 under the arena naming rights acquired by PNC Financial Services in 2011.

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The Hurricanes fans set the record of 134 decibels in the arena with the team holding their first Stanley Cup trophy, recording the loudest in a sporting event ever in the United States that year.

Furthermore, PNC Arena has a total of 18,680 seats for Ice Hockey games, with the largest capacity of 19,500 held by the Basketball section.

Bridgestone Arena

Bridgestone Arena ranks amongst the loudest hockey arena in the NHL. Located in Nashville Tennessee, it is the home venue of the Predators.

In 2017, the Predators' fans went crazy when Filip Forsberg scored a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in game 2 of the Western Conference Final, roaring through the arena to a peak of 129.4 decibels.

Operating since 1996, this arena has gone through a series of nomenclature with Nashville Arena being the original one. Following that, it was named Gaylord Entertainment Center and Sommet Center before realizing the current Bridgestone Arena name in 2010.

It holds a seating capacity of 19,395 for basketball and 17,159 for ice hockey along with the half-house, end-stage, and center-stage concerts.

United Center

Located on the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois, United Center is the 4th loudest NHL arena. It reached a bit over 122 dB in 2010. 

United Center became operational in 1994, hosting its first event as WWF SummerSlam. Since its operation, the arena has been home to the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks with a total seating capacity of about 20,917 for basketball and 19,717 for ice hockey.

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United Center recorded its highest decibel during the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals' 5th game when the Blackhawks had an astounding 4-7 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

In regards to capacity, this indoor arena is the largest arena in the NBA and the 2nd largest in the NHL, incorporating about 23,500 seats for concerts too. Following the SummerSlam, the arena hosted the 1996 Democratic National Convention. 

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden recorded its highest dBs in 2014. MSG came into operation in 1968 and is among the oldest crucial sporting facilities.

Casually known as the Garden, it is the oldest arena in the NBA. Moreover, it is also the second oldest arena in the National Hockey League.

It is home to the New York Knicks of the NBA and New York Rangers of the NHL. The arena has a seating capacity of 18,006 for ice hockey and 19,812 for basketball games.

In 1972 and 1994, Madison Square Garden hosted the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup Finals simultaneously, where the Knicks won the NBA in 1972 and the Rangers won the cup in 1994.

Following that, MSG hosted the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. During game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens, the arena recorded its highest crowd cheer with the Martin St. Louis' overtime goal win. 

SAP Center at San Jose

Originally referred to as San Jose Arena, the SAP Center ranks sixth in the loudest NHL arena list. It records a reading of 120 dB on a good night. 

The SAP Center originated in 1993 in San Jose, California, and has since served as a home to the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks. The recent tenants in this arena are the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League.

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With a field size of about 42,000 sq meters, this arena has a seating capacity of 17,562 for ice hockey, 18,543 for basketball, 18,300 for wrestling, and 19,190 for concerts. It hosts events such as Figure Skating, MMA, and Gymnastics besides basketball and hockey. 

Despite the seating capacity of 17,562, ice hockey fans at this arena are known to enjoy the game to their fullest, ranging up to 120 decibels of cheering their home team on a good night, covering the entire arena.

Rogers Arena

Rogers Arena is among the loudest NHL arenas located in Vancouver downtown, British Columbia. It is a multi-use arena hosting various events. 

The opening of this arena was undertaken in 1995 as General Motors Place under the naming rights of General Motors Canada. However, in 2010, Rogers Communication bought the naming rights through sponsorship, leading to the current name.

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During the 2010 Winter Olympics, it hosted ice hockey events and was named Canada Hockey Place temporarily in the midst of the Olympics. 

In addition, Rogers Arena is home to the National Lacrosse League's Vancouver Warriors, Overwatch League's Vancouver Titans, and the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. 

Furthermore, this arena hosted the 2010-11 season All-star as well as Stanley Cup playoffs, where Vancouver Canucks won their first President's Trophy and became runner-up for the Stanley Cup

Xcel Energy Center

Xcel Energy Center is one of the loudest hockey arena in the NHL. It ranks eighth in the loudness level despite having a lower seating capacity. 

Home to the Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center came into existence in 2000 in Saint Paul, MN. It mostly hosts concerts and ice hockey games.

It holds a total of 17,954 attendees for hockey games, which rises up to 19,000 on game nights. Prior to 2012, this arena had a capacity of 18,064.

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Additionally, the arena hosted its first NHL game with the Minnesota Wild against the Philadelphia Flyers on 11 October 2000, when the Wild tied with the Flyers.

Also, in 2010, an ESPN magazine ranked the Minnesota Wild game to be the third best in North America based on the stadium escapade, the loud and energetic cheering of the fans being one of the causes. 

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