By Allan Muir
What’s the best place to watch an NHL game?
According to Stadium Journey magazine, Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center was tops in 2013.
The magazine ranked the overall fan experience of attending a game in all of the league’s 30 buildings. Factoring into its decisions were elements such as “food and beverage in the arena, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood, the fans, access (which includes parking, traffic, restrooms, and concourses), return on investment, and an extras category for any unique or bonus points.”
So, why did Xcel top the charts? “The fans know the game and appreciate the little things, such as clearing the puck on the penalty kill, or a good defensive play to prevent a scoring chance. That is what gives the Xcel a truly special atmosphere.”