The home of the Vancouver Canucks is one of the worst venues in the NHL when it comes to fan experience.
Rogers Arena is ranked at number 26 out of 30 in a new list by Stadium Journey that rates the league’s ice hockey venues.
Categories such as food and beverage, atmosphere, neighbourhood, fans, venue access, cost of an NHL ticket and extra amenities were determinants of the ranking. Rogers Arena did not receive a rating lower than three out of five stars for any of the categories, with atmosphere and extra amenities receiving four stars.
The upgraded food and beverage options are above par – better than the average stadium fare – but the cost of the menu is deemed problematic.
Rogers Arena also received a highly positive review for its sight-lines even from the upper bowl, although safety railings along each row can obstruct the view of the ice at certain areas when spectators are sitting down.
When it comes to location, the review notes that the building is located on the fringes of the downtown peninsula and the immediate area around both BC Place and Rogers Arena lacks the entertainment zone amenities that typically complements major sports venues.
“The area around Rogers Arena could be a bit better and I’m surprised there aren’t more bars and restaurants around both of the stadiums,” Stadium Journey wrote.
The venue ranks ahead of Edmonton’s Rexall Place and Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre but comes short of Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Montreal’s Bell Centre and Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, which topped the list.
Best NHL arenas for fan experience
- MTS Centre (Winnipeg Jets)
- Xcel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild)
- First Niagara Center (Buffalo Sabres)
- Amalie Arena (Tampa Bay Lightning)
- Gila River Arena (Arizona Coyotes)
- Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia Flyers)
- Scottrade Center (St. Louis Blues)
- Madison Square Garden (New York Rangers)
- TD Garden (Boston Bruins)
- Verizon Center (Washington Capitals)
- Staples Center (Los Angeles Kings)
- SAP Center at San Jose (San Jose Sharks)
- United Center (Chicago Blackhawks)
- Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators)
- Air Canada Centre (Toronto Maple Leafs)
- American Airlines Center (Dallas Stars)
- Nationwide Arena (Columbus Blue Jackets)
- Bell Centre (Montreal Canadiens)
- Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- PNC Arena (Carolina Hurricanes)
- Pepsi Center (Colorado Avalanche)
- BB&T Center (Florida Panthers)
- Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary Flames)
- Joe Louis Arena (Detroit Red Wings)
- Prudential Center (New Jersey Devils)
- Rogers Arena (Vancouver Canucks)
- Rexall Place (Edmonton Oilers)
- Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (New York Islanders)
- Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa Senators)
- Honda Center (Anaheim Ducks)