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Which is the most expensive arena in the NHL? Photo/ Sportsnet.
  • When it comes to ice hockey, owners prefer to invest on the arenas so as to attract fans to show up in large numbers during matches
  • There are 32 NHL arenas in North America, and they vary in terms of capacity and design. 
  • The American Airlines Center (ACC) is the most expensive arena in the NHL

There are 32 NHL arenas in North America, but which is the most expensive? This article looks at the arenas which cost the most to build and not the most expensive ones in terms of tickets.

NHL arenas vary in terms of capacity and design. When it comes to ice hockey, owners prefer to invest on the arenas so as to attract fans to show up in large numbers during matches. And that is why besides being venues for watching matches, these arenas also have restaurants where fans can eat and even drink.

Besides being home to NHL teams, some of these arenas are also home to basketball teams. They also host other events such as boxing annually. Now without further ado, let’s look at the five most expensive arenas in the NHL.

5. Centre Bell/ Bell Centre – $270 Million

Bell Centre is a multi-purpose arena located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The arena, which is owned by the Molson family, is home of the Montreal Canadiens. Besides being the largest ice hockey arena in the world, it is also one of the most expensive arenas in the NHL.

Bell Centre

Bell Centre. Photo/ Sportsnet.

Bell Centre has a capacity of 21,105 and cost $270 million to construct. It has some unique features, inspired by other sports stadiums and has hosted several major concerts and events, including professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.

The arena has been consistently listed among the busiest arenas in the world. It would cost you $220 if you go to watch the Montreal Canadiens play at Centre Bell.

4. PPG Paints Arena – $321 Million 

PPG Paints Arenaone of the most expensive arenas in the NHL cost $321 million to build. The multi-purpose arena is located in Pittsburgh and serves as the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It became active before the start of the 2010-11 season.

When entering PPG Paints Arena, you get the chance to learn about NHL legends besides watching the Pittsburgh Penguins play. You also learn about the accomplishments of the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the details of their five Stanley Cups.

3. Prudential Center – $375 Million

Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena opened in 2007. The arena, which is located in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey, is the home of NHL side New Jersey Devils. The Seton Pirates of Seton Hall University also play their games there.

Prudential Center

Prudential Center. Photo/ NHL.com.

Prudential Center cost $375 million to build, making it one of the most expensive arenas in the NHL. The arena hosts several boxing matches throughout the years and has a luxury suite where top fans can enjoy watching matches.

2. Staples Center – $375 Million 

Staples Center, renamed Crypto.com, is located in Downtown, Los Angeles. The arena cost $375 million to build and is currently in the process of making additional upgrades.

It is the home of NHL club of the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA teams Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers also play their games at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) are also tenants here.

Staples Center hosts over 250 events annually, which are attended by over four million people. It is one of the most expensive arenas in the NHL.

1. American Airlines Center – $420 Million

The American Airlines Center (ACC) is a multi-purpose indoor arena which serves as the home of the Dallas Stars. The arena, which was opened in 2001, is located in the Victory Park neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas. It cost $420 million to build and is the most expensive arena in the NHL.

The ACC is a good place for fans who love eating, as it has several restaurants right inside the terrace. You can pass by the Jack Daniels No. 7, where you get a local beer and a bratwurst.

Besides being home of the Dallas Stars, the ACC is also home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It also hosts concerts and other live events.

American Airlines Center

American Airlines Center. Photo/ Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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