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Prudential Center

Newark, NJ

Home of the New Jersey Devils

3.6

2.4

Prudential Center (map it)
165 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ 07102


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Year Opened: 2007

Capacity: 17,625

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A Piece of the Rock

The Prudential Center is the home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils. It opened in 2007, when the Devils moved from the nearby Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands. The arena is also home to the Seton Hall men’s basketball team. Known as The Rock, for the Prudential logo, the arena is truly a tribute to all things New Jersey. From the food, to the signs in and around the arena, New Jersey is front and center. It is the premier sports arena in the state of New Jersey.

The arena is located in downtown Newark, an area that has a bit of a rough reputation. However, in recent years the government has made big strides in making the area around the Prudential Center a nice place to go. This has been successful as there is now a large amount of restaurants and shops close by and there are plans to expand that even more. All in all, the Prudential Center is a fine place to take in an NHL game.

3.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

There are many food options to choose from at the Prudential Center. All the usual stadium fare is here in abundance. You can find popcorn, peanuts, pretzels and hot dogs at many places around the arena. There are also many more upscale items. There are gourmet fries, chicken tenders, sausage sandwiches and Italian food. There are also BBQ nachos, Mrs. Fields cookies, Auntie Anne's pretzels, and Rita's Italian Ice.

The Prudential Center sells Pepsi products if you are looking to grab a soda. For those looking for an alcoholic beverage the Prudential Center offers a large amount of selections. There are many different beers to choose from around the concourse including Bud Light, Molson, and Heineken. There is also an area for mixed drinks and cocktails.

Atmosphere    3

The Prudential Center really emphasizes the connection between the Devils and the state of New Jersey. The motto of the team for this year is "One Jersey," so you can see that the team takes great pride in being the hockey team of New Jersey. The Devils also have the banners up for their various division titles and Stanley Cup championships.

The Devils have some good promotions and giveaways throughout the season. They also honor the tradition of New Jersey hockey with a large display of various jerseys from high school hockey teams throughout the state. There is also a large mural that portrays various athletes who played at the Prudential Center. There are also some statues outside of the arena, the most recent is the statue of Martin Brodeur.

Neighborhood    3

Newark is known as being a pretty tough city, but the area around the Prudential Center is pretty nice. The area right around the Prudential Center has been the focus of renovation projects in recent years. There are many places to eat right around the arena. There is Dinosaur BBQ, Chipotle, and Mercato Tomato Pies right next to the arena. The city of Newark is also planning on building a large urban square near the Prudential Center that will house office and retail space as well as restaurants. All of this has made the area around the Prudential Center a nice and pretty safe place to be.

Fans    3

The fans of the New Jersey Devils are in a weird region for hockey. They are usually overshadowed by their counterparts in New York with the Rangers and Islanders. However, the Devils have had more success in terms of titles in the last two decades than both of those teams. The fans do get engaged in the game and know their stuff. You won't run into much trouble with the fans unless you are wearing the sweater of one of their rivals like the Rangers.

Access    5

The Prudential Center is very easy to get to whether you are taking a car or using public transportation. There are many parking lots adjacent to the Prudential Center and they range from $10-$20 in cost. If you use public transportation it is very easy to get to the Prudential Center as well. If you take NJ Transit you can arrive at Newark Broad Street and take the light rail to Newark Penn Station. If you take Amtrak you can arrive at Newark Penn Station directly. Once at Newark Penn you simply follow the signs inside the station and they will drop you off right in front of the arena. Once inside the Prudential Center you will see spacious concourses and very clean and expansive bathrooms.

Return on Investment    4

The Devils provide a pretty affordable NHL experience. You can find tickets for as low as $20 on some occasions. Like many teams the Devils use dynamic pricing. This means that games against rivals and premium opponents will cost more than other games. When you compare the Devils to prices in New York City or Philadelphia, it is very affordable. The concessions are priced as you would expect for a professional team. But, a night at the Prudential Center definitely won't break the bank.

Extras    2

One star goes to the amount of space that the Devils commit to honoring their great players. There are of course the retired numbers in the rafters, but there is also a new statue outside the arena honoring Martin Brodeur.

A second star goes to the fact that the Devils put on a great pre game video on the ice before the game. It goes through the history of the team and is very detailed and cool to watch.

Final Thoughts

The Prudential Center is a very nice place to take in an NHL game. It has a spacious concourse, is very affordable, and is easy to get to. You can enjoy some food in the stadium or go to one of the many restaurants around it. It may not be MSG, but you won't be disappointed if you check out a game at the Prudential Center.

Nice review; nice photos

Jim - I particularly like the photo of the state of New Jersey.

Newark? Who knew it could be so visitable? I'll have to make a stop next time I'm back east.

I'll root for the Devils over the Rangers any day (grew up as an Islanders fan).

by megminard | Feb 13, 2012 09:25 PM

Upgrades

PruCenter upgraded the arena with a new upper concourse food court brick theme with a beach themed corner plus added a new escalator for easier fan access up and down plus a one million dollar pre game show which included a 3d on ice show. Same tech used for the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies... All state high school jerseys are now displayed by the Verizon cylinder. Worth a future visit. My opinion it's time to upgrade the center scoreboard it's already outdated in size

by Bigscott | Jan 04, 2015 01:11 PM

New York Media

The problem the Devils have always had is that there is a lack of coverage from New York City radio and TV stations. In this area of the metropolitan area, the Rangers are the ones who are going to get talked about when it comes to hockey. Unfortunately, hockey itself is way down the totem pole and sports conversations on WFAN sports radio. I never understood have a team can win three Stanley cups, produce three Hall of Famer's, and be one of the dominant teams in the league in the last 20 some years and not get the proper coverage since they play in New Jersey - six miles from Manhattan.

by MarcV | Mar 24, 2017 08:16 AM

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Crowd Reviews

The Devil Made Me Do It

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Upon entering the Prudential Center (aka "The Rock"), the first thing you'll notice is the wide-open spaces in the 2 1/2 year old arena. The concourses are very spacious, while still offering a large selection of food and beer vendors. There is even an open view of the ice/floor on one end of the mezzanine level, which gives it almost a baseball park feel.

Soon to Be Jersey's Only Team

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

In a few months, the New Jersey Devils will be New Jersey’s only major professional sports team. Of course, the New York Giants and Jets, as well as the New York Red Bulls, all technically play in New Jersey, but they still carry the name "New York." The New Jersey Nets will be moving to Brooklyn for the 2012–2013 season, leaving New Jerseyans to rally solely behind their hometown Devils.

Formerly the Colorado Rockies, the Devils moved to Jersey in 1982, calling the Meadowlands home. The team moved into the $375 million Prudential Center in Newark prior to the 2007–2008 season. The Devils are known for putting out a competitive team every season. New Jersey finished with a winning record each year from the 1992–93 season to the 2009–10 season, which is a record in any professional sport. The team made the playoffs every year from 1996–97 to 2009–10 and has won three Stanley Cups in its existence (1995, 2000, 2003).

The Prudential Center is a state-of-the-art entertainment destination that seats 17,625 fans for hockey games. Nicknamed "The Rock" based on Prudential Financial’s symbol, the stadium represents the many cultures of the Newark community. The arena has two main concourses as well as 76 luxury suites. In addition to serving as the temporary home for the Nets, the Seton Hall University basketball teams play at "The Rock."

Entering its 30th season in New Jersey, the theme of the Devils being "Jersey’s Team" has been celebrated this year. Come next year, it will be Devils or bust for many Jerseyans.

Newark's Pride & Joy

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Newark really did itself well by building this beautiful downtown arena. The Devils' new home compared to where they used to play (in the Meadowlands) is 100 times better. Don't let the city name and location intimidate you as it is completely safe, rather easy to get to and in an area that is developing. Just a terrific building all around. Really nice to see the local touches, like the NJ High School hockey jerseys in the concourses and the Newark food stands selling local delicacies. Now, the atmosphere is nothing to write home about and the Devils and their fans haven't exactly made this a very intimidating place...but again it's an improvement over their old building. Prudential Center is a great place to check out a hockey game.

Great arena

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Easily the best arena in the NYC Metro area, and a true representation of the Newark renaissance

Devil of a Time

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

With the acrimonious departure of the New Jersey Nets for neighboring Brooklyn, and with the NFL’s Jets and Giants calling New Jersey home in fact but not in spirit, the New Jersey Devils are now the state’s only professional sports franchise that actually is proud to be from where they’re from. And the team certainly wants you to know it. “Jersey’s Team” banners greet you as you step out of Newark Penn Station or pull off the interstate, and the Devils’ marketing campaign in 2012-13 was all about making sure that everyone knew that this was the Garden State’s team.

The Prudential Center, or “The Rock”, opened in 2007 and seats 17,625 for hockey. It’s also home to Seton Hall University basketball, and (temporarily) the New York Liberty WNBA team while Madison Square Garden’s ongoing renovations are finished.

The Rock reminds me somewhat of a medieval castle surrounding a peasant town. That is not intended as an insult – the Prudential Center is an impossibly tall, mighty looking building as out of place in the surrounding area of burned-out tenements and dilapidated thrift shops as an actual castle would be. Newark, as you may have heard, is not the nicest city in America. But the Prudential Center is a glorious building inside and out, gritty and urban compared with the old Continental Arena’s parking lot and swamp wasteland, and is a fitting home of Jersey’s Team.

Jersey Boys

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

The Prudential Center is the home of the New Jersey Devils. It opened in 2007, when the Devils moved from the nearby Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands. The arena is also home to the Seton Hall men’s basketball team. Known as “The Rock,” for the Prudential logo, the arena is truly a tribute to all things New Jersey. From the food, to the signs in and around the arena, New Jersey is front and center.

The arena is located in downtown Newark. The presence of the arena has spurred a renaissance in the downtown area, as several new restaurants have sprung up in the area. It is one of the nicer areas of the city, and is relatively safe. The Devils have reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012, and that has been the highlight while the team has been at the Prudential Center. With the loss of the New Jersey Nets, the Devils are now unquestionably the premier New Jersey team.

The Devils take great pride in representing hockey in the state of New Jersey. They have exhibits about the history of hockey in the state of New Jersey, and are always honoring different local hockey teams.

Welcome to The Rock

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

The Prudential Center is the home of the New Jersey Devils. It opened in 2007, when the Devils moved from the nearby Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands. The arena is also home to the Seton Hall men’s basketball team. Known as “The Rock,” for the Prudential logo, the arena is truly a tribute to all things New Jersey. From the food, to the signs in and around the arena, New Jersey is front and center. It is the premier sports arena in the state of New Jersey.

The arena is located in downtown Newark. The presence of the arena has spurred a renaissance in the downtown area, as several new restaurants have sprung up in the area. It is one of the nicer areas of the city, and is relatively safe. The Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012, and that has been the highlight of the team's time at the Prudential Center. New Jersey usually is known as the area between Philadelphia and New York City, but don’t overlook the Devils. The fans, team, and atmosphere are all top notch.

The Devils take great pride in representing hockey in the state of New Jersey. They have exhibits about the history of hockey in the state of New Jersey, and are always honoring different local hockey teams.

Nice arena

Total Score: 2.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

Like the arena.. Small but cool... But the city is kinda dangerous

Welcome to the Rock

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

The New Jersey Devils have finally found their home in the Garden State. Although the city of Newark is not known for its positives, there are some great places that should be checked out before or after a game. I am talking about the Ironbound section where one can have some amazing Portuguese food, sweet desserts, and shop at a few nice boutiques. The arena itself offers one of the best views in the league and there was a lot of history on the franchise in the state in side the concourses.

Horrible service

Total Score: 2.14

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

Me and four friends went to the Chris brown party tour and the employees are rude and disrespectful. I will never go there for anything. Brought food before the concert and they was giving us the run around about our section they were very unorganized and by the time we was seated our food was cold and soda was flat and the ice melted so we was drinking water soda. But thanks to customer service our seats was moved and yes it was closer but we was still up set because we missed the beginning of the show. Smh I will not go back ever cause I was so disappointed.

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