Best NHL Arenas to Visit

Best NHL Arenas to Visit

With the start of hockey season kicking off on October 8,  it’s time to start thinking about which games you want to go see and which NHL cities you most want to visit.  Cheer on your favorite team this season in person; and, if you’re heading to an out-of-town game, don’t forget to explore the city that you happen to find yourself in.  Read on to learn more about some of the best NHL arenas, along with fun cities to explore. Los Angeles—STAPLES Center Four different professional sports teams call this arena home, including, of course, the Los Angeles Kings.  This NHL arena has even seen twelve different GRAMMY Awards ceremonies and a variety of other concerts.  Head to this NHL arena, and you’re sure to enjoy the LA weather and all of the sights and sounds:
  • Visit an Amusement Park - With Universal Studios and Disneyland just around the corner, you’re sure to have plenty to do.  Whether you’re bringing family or friends, both amusement parks will have something for everyone.
  • See the Hollywood Sign - Though this sign may be a bit of a tourist trap, what’s a trip to LA without seeing the famous Hollywood Sign?  Come take a look at one of the most well-known signs in America.  It’s been around for a while, too—it was made in 1923.
  • Soak up Some Culture - Whether you like music, art, science, or even cars, Los Angeles has a museum or concert hall that’s perfect for you.  Check out the Petersen Automotive Museum to see some truly great classic cars or head to the California Science Center to get up close and personal with a real space shuttle.
St. Louis—Scottrade Center The Scottrade Center is located right in the middle of everything in downtown St. Louis and is home to the St. Louis Blues.  This NHL arena was originally known as the Kiel Auditorium, which had hosted musical legends Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen.  The Kiel Auditorium was eventually completely rebuilt and named the Kiel Center, which was later renamed the Scottrade Center.  Though we already explored St. Louis in our NFL blog post, we can show you that St. Louis has even more to offer:
  • Walk around Forest Park - Forest Park is a must-see for those visiting St. Louis.  Whether you decide to go to a local museum or just want to wander around and experience nature, you won’t need to venture beyond the perimeters of this giant park.  Forest Park is even bigger than New York City’s Central Park!
  • Tour Anheuser-Busch Brewery - Test out a few beers and even see the Budweiser Clydesdales.   Schlafly Bottleworks also offers brewery tours and is a great way to try some local St. Louis beer.
  • Eat Your Heart Out - The Hill boasts a number of fantastic Italian restaurants, and you should be sure to taste some gooey butter cake before you leave the city.  Ted Drewes is also not to be missed—it’s famous for its frozen custard.
Chicago—United Center Did you know that the Chicago Blackhawks, the resident hockey team of the United Center, have some of the most loyal fans?  According to the NHL Attendance Report for the 2013-2014 hockey season, 927,545 fans attended Chicago Blackhawks home games.  It’s no wonder since this NHL arena is the largest arena in America.  The United Center is definitely one of the best NHL arenas in the U.S., so come see a hockey game and find out more about Chicago:
  • Join the Fun at Navy Pier - Navy Pier has all sorts of attractions.  You can take a ride on the Ferris wheel or watch a movie at the IMAX Theater, but don’t forget to check out the calendar of events to find even more exciting happenings.
  • Discover Lincoln Park Zoo - Before you head to the hockey game, stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo where you can see a variety of different types of animals.  From lions to camels, this zoo’s got it all.
  • View the City from the Skydeck - You can see an awe-inspiring view of the Second City from one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Willis Tower.  In fact, the Willis Tower is the tallest building located in the Western Hemisphere.
Go book your tickets and get ready to cheer because this is going to be a great year for hockey!  The Parking Spot is proud to sponsor the LA Kings and St. Louis Blues, and we hope you’ll come see a game and root for the home team.
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