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02-20-2013, 11:01 AM
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Which NHL stadium offers the most 'authentic' hockey experience?

Hello all - long time lurker, but first time poster.

In your opinion, which arena offers the most authentic hockey experience? By 'authentic', I mean the best all-round experience - taking atmosphere and music into consideration?

As a fairly casual fan during my teenage years, I'm starting to take a more serious interest in the sport and the various teams - buying a game center sub has been invaluable for this as I'm from the UK. Obviously, there's only so much that a live stream can show in terms of the experience, so I'm really interested in which offers the best experience in person?

The only thing I've noticed so far (and I could be *way* off), is that Madison Square Gardens seems to offer a more traditional stance in terms of the music (frequent use of an organ for chants etc.) in comparison to the newer franchises who focus mainly on song sound-bites. If I am correct in the observation, is this also true for the older franchises too? or does this tend depend on the age of the stadium instead?

Edit: Apologies, I think I've managed to simultaneously ask two different questions, so I'll try and clarify:

- Which arena offers the most 'traditional' hockey experience? In other words, things like the traditional organ, chants, and other crowd participation. If I'm right in thinking it's something still common with the older teams, do they all have these traditions, or does it just depend on the age of the stadium?

- Which arena, in your opinion, has the best overall atmosphere regardless of such traditions?


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The Garden is pretty good, but far from "traditional" they still play a lot of crappy music and tend to blast it at in opportune times. Nothing worse than when the crowd is chanting "Let's Go Rangers!" and some garbage song comes blasting over the speakers. Plus there are a decent amount of "Get loud" "Everybody clap your hands" "Crowd-O-Meter" moments throughout a game. There are plenty of worse places though. We don't need to be reminded every time there is a powerplay for example .

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When they build a new rink, the connection to old traditions is hard to maintain.

Most places will have an organist/keyboardist but only use him/her intermittently.

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This question is a bit weird - all rinks have fairly similar presentations.

...Nashville is the only one with a country band playing during the intermissions, though.

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One of the things I actually like about the Coliseum is the old school feel of the building when watching a game, but other than that it is ****. It's just cool knowing you are in a building that had so much hockey history (key word: had).

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I still think the most authentic arena name was: National Car Rental Center.

I don't know whether to upgrade to a full-size sedan or watch a hockey game.

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Chicago & Montreal are probably 2 of the best.

Toronto is near the bottom. Extremely quiet, empty seats all over the lower bowl, and giant white netting behind the goals.

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When they build a new rink, the connection to old traditions is hard to maintain.

Most places will have an organist/keyboardist but only use him/her intermittently.
I understand that almost all of these are pre-recorded.

There was an article a while back on how the live organists are a dying breed with only a very small handful of them still playing in NHL arenas - anyone either remember the article or know which arenas have live organs?

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Joe Louis is pretty traditional but I've only been there once.

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I understand that almost all of these are pre-recorded.

There was an article a while back on how the live organists are a dying breed with only a very small handful of them still playing in NHL arenas - anyone either remember the article or know which arenas have live organs?
Well, at SBP at least, they'll show the person playing on the jumbotron sometimes.

I assume that they aren't faking.

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I have been to games in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo, Boston, Detroit, and LA.

Joe Louis in Detroit was by far my favourite.

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I've been to St. Louis, Nashville, Detroit, Minnesota, Denver, Columbus, Chicago, Buffalo, and Atlanta (but they don't count). I've found Nashville to be the best out of those.

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One of the things I actually like about the Coliseum is the old school feel of the building when watching a game, but other than that it is ****. It's just cool knowing you are in a building that had so much hockey history (key word: had).
Like a birthday card.

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Authentic? As in piss-in-a-trough authentic?

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I don't know. Are there any NHL outdoor arenas? If you want an "authentic" experience, I think it would have to be something closest to a real outdoor winter hockey experience. Perhaps an arena where you actually feel cold if you're sitting anyway near ice-level.

Really, what a question. And then defining it as: "best all-round experience - taking atmosphere, music and facilities". Even that would depend a fair bit on each person's taste. What is "authentic" hockey music?

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I understand that almost all of these are pre-recorded.

There was an article a while back on how the live organists are a dying breed with only a very small handful of them still playing in NHL arenas - anyone either remember the article or know which arenas have live organs?
PNC Arena has a live organist still.

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I understand that almost all of these are pre-recorded.

There was an article a while back on how the live organists are a dying breed with only a very small handful of them still playing in NHL arenas - anyone either remember the article or know which arenas have live organs?
As far as I know Carolina still has one.


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If your talking about NHL arena's then I agree with the Joe being the closest to a real hockey experience.

The new super arenas are lame. Lightning bolts shooting around the perimeter scoreboards. Jumbotrons with MAKE SOME NOISE garbage and crap going on every single second that there isn't hockey being played.

All garbage.

Its like the new ownership group feels like they need to flash something shiny to the ADD addled public or we will yank out the seats and go all Canuck on them.

The old Gardens Forums and Arenas were where the best. I know that things have to change but did they have to change from gold into garbage? Isn't there something else that could have happened?

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If your talking about NHL arena's then I agree with the Joe being the closest to a real hockey experience.

The new super arenas are lame. Lightning bolts shooting around the perimeter scoreboards. Jumbotrons with MAKE SOME NOISE garbage and crap going on every single second that there isn't hockey being played.

All garbage.

Its like the new ownership group feels like they need to flash something shiny to the ADD addled public or we will yank out the seats and go all Canuck on them.

The old Gardens Forums and Arenas were where the best. I know that things have to change but did they have to change from gold into garbage? Isn't there something else that could have happened?
Baseball went from the late 60's early 70's cookie cutters to more unique "ballparks" maybe hockey will in the next building wave which will likely commence 15-20 years from now (probably the latter)


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