The braintrust known as regional area beat writers for The Athletic have put their collective heads together in providing a 32-arena ranking for the current venues within the National Hockey League. With Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place finishing amongst the top-five, Jets fans certainly may appreciate the full results of this exercise.
Taking into account a vast array of grading points, The Athletic‘s Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers used information from all branded writers and compiled it into a ranking, including subjects pertaining to: arena atmosphere, view, location, ease of access/convenience, elevator usage, staff, media meal, snacks and workability. Breaking down the location, facility quality and atmosphere gave fans plenty to talk about once the rankings were unveiled.
T-Mobile Arena in Vegas finished first overall, followed closely by Montreal’s Bell Centre. The world famous Madison Square Garden in New York was No. 3, while Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place came in fourth. Earning significant points in the ‘atmosphere’ area, the Winnipeg Whiteout and overall rink experience helped bring the now 16-year-old building to the top of the ranks. Its location within the city and overall quality of the facility were stumbling blocks in the voting process.
Upon original announcement of Bell MTS Place finishing fourth out of 32 venues, the option was given to provide feedback on the ranking via Facebook or Instagram comment. A number of Game On readers chimed in with their thoughts on the arena, as well as the ranking. A number of those responses are listed below:
“It is a gem! Hats off to Mr. Chipman and the True North group for building a world class arena for our world class hockey team.” – Larry Theyorkie
“Bell MTS Place – What it lacks in capacity, it makes up for with attitude and atmosphere!” – Chris Dant
“When you go to a Jets game at Bell MTS Place, you feel like you’re at a giant family reunion and everyone’s happy to see you.” – Marc Deleau
“As a spectator the third level is awful. There is no room at all; no legroom, seats are too tight together. The 200 and 100 is a little bit better, but still a little too crowded. They made a mistake of putting it where it is downtown.” – Cory Ricard
“I agree with Cory Ricard on the third level. I went once and have turned down many free tickets up there since. Love going to games but can’t sit up there!” – Bob Pistawka
“It’s not fourth, it’s first.” – Ron Roy Sears
“Which arena has the loudest fans?” – Ursula Bertschinger
“Timothy Eaton would be proud.” – Chris Sleeva
Full Arena Rankings: