What’s the best arena in Canada to watch hockey, according to reviews from spectators? Is the availability of multiple food options a good thing? And does a newer arena mean better ratings?
We did our research, tallying reviews for 11 hockey arenas in the country on three different websites – TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google Reviews and here are the highest rated arenas:
The Videotron Centre tops the charts
The Videotron Centre might not be the home of any NHL arena but with an average rating of 4.5, it is the highest rated arena in Canada as per our research.
The Quebec Remparts of the CHL, who are one of the, if not the most, popular franchises in the league, have a fan base that seems to really like the arena, despite it not having the most number of food options with only two in the arena. That is six less than the average number of food options available in Canada.
The Videotron Centre also boasts of the third-lowest parking space price in Canada with the average cost of a spot being CAD 10.16.
Canadiens and Maple Leafs battling out for the highest rated NHL arena in Canada
The Canadiens-Maple Leafs’ rivalry plays out in the battle for the highest rated arena as well. Both the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto scored an average score of 4.33 in our analysis.
The ratings for both are the highest of all NHL arenas in Canada, though it should be mentioned that the Scotiabank Arena is also home to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, which is also one of the reasons why it has a higher number of reviewers (9438 more) than the Bell Centre.
The Bell Centre’s higher average parking price (CAD 38.12 compared to Scotiabank Arena’s CAD 31.77) did not make a difference in the ratings. Nor did the availability of more eating options (30 to Scotiabank Arena’s 25).
Newer doesn’t necessarily mean better
The Rogers Place in Edmonton is the newest arena in this list, but only the fourth highest rated with an average rating of 3.93.
The main culprit for its relatively lower ratings seems to be the food options (it has 22 options), considering the bulk of lower ratings come from Yelp, a food review website and app.
The Pacific Coliseum – long in the tooth
The lowest rated arena in our analysis is the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. The arena, which served as the home of the Vancouver Canucks from 1970-1995, has an overall average rating of 3.7.
The Pacific Coliseum is also the oldest arena in this list, having opened in 1968. It’s age, combined with the availability of only three restaurant options, seems to have contributed to low ratings, particularly on Yelp where it’s average rating was only 3.
- We sourced three websites for reviews – TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google Reviews
- We took averages for all of the reviews across the three websites as well as for each individual website in our analysis
- We sorted the arenas on the basis of overall average reviews
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