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Prudential Center

Newark, NJ

Home of the New Jersey Devils

3.9

2.3

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


New Jersey Devils website

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Year Opened: 2007

Capacity: 17,625

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Welcome to The Rock

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.

3.9

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

The Prudential Center has a wide variety of food. It has the usual things you would expect from stadium food. It has popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs, and peanuts just to name a few. There are also many specialty food stands at the Prudential Center. There is Italian food, gourmet fries, and even sushi. You can find chicken parmesan sandwiches, meatballs, and personal pizzas. There are BBQ nachos and supreme nachos available at some stands. Sausages, sandwiches, and Mrs. Field's cookies are also available.

The Prudential Center is a Pepsi facility. You will not find Coca-Cola products at the Prudential Center. There are many choices if you are looking for an alcoholic beverage. You can find the usual beer like Bud Light, but the venue also has a variety of craft beers.

Atmosphere    3

The New Jersey Devils have a solid history and they honor that history in the Prudential Center. The retired numbers of Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, and Ken Daneyko all hang in the rafters. A new retired numbers hang in the rafters now. During the 2015-2016 season, Martin Brodeur's number was retired. There are also the banners from the Stanley Cup titles in 1995, 2000, and 2003. The Devils have special giveaways and promotions throughout the season.

There is a cool display in the lobby that showcases high school hockey in the state of New Jersey. There are high school hockey jerseys from schools all across the state. It shows that the Devils honor the history of hockey in New Jersey.

Neighborhood    3

The city of Newark is known as a pretty tough place. That is true, but the area around Prudential Center is not that bad. As long as you stay around the arena you will be fine. If you want to grab a bite before the game, there are many options in the immediate vicinity. One place to check out is Dinosaur BBQ. It serves great food and is located right next to the Prudential Center. There is also a Chipotle located next to Dinosaur BBQ. If those don't fit your tastes, you can go into the shops at Prudential Center. There are a few places to eat inside as well as some shops.

Fans    4

The New Jersey Devils are in a precarious location. They are close to New York and in an area that has many hockey teams. However, the New Jersey fans are very passionate about their team. The fans are engaged and get loud when appropriate. They are very knowledgeable about their team and the NHL as a whole. They have a few chants, there is the "Rangers Suck" chant and there is also the "Hey! You suck!" chant after they score a goal. The fans are respectful but may get a little uneasy if you show up in a Rangers jersey. When the Rangers come to town there is a little extra energy in the arena.

Access    5

It is very easy to get to the Prudential Center. Newark is not a very hard city to navigate if you are driving. If you want to use public transportation that is very easy as well. If you are coming from New York or New Jersey you can take the New Jersey transit to Newark Broad Street station. From there you can just take the light rail to Newark Penn Station. Once inside, there are ushers who will point you to the Prudential Center. If you are driving to the arena there are many lots to park in. They range from $10-$20. There are some lots pretty close to the arena. It is very easy to navigate the Prudential Center. There are wide concourses that leave plenty of room even when there is a large crowd. The bathrooms are very clean and spacious as well. Lines never get out of control due to the generous amount of space that is built into the arena.

Return on Investment    4

The New Jersey Devils try to make hockey affordable. When you compare Devils prices to those of the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, or Philadelphia Flyers, it is a much more affordable ticket. However, the Devils use dynamic pricing so the marquee games will cost more. Tickets can be had for under $20 for some games. The quality of hockey is very high at the Prudential Center. The Devils may not be a contender every year, but they certainly try to put a good quality product on the ice. The food is reasonably priced and parking won't hurt your wallet too much.

Extras    3

One star goes to the great pre-game video that is displayed on the ice. Many teams do this sort of thing now, but the Devils do a very detailed and intricate video.

A second star goes to the history that the Devils honor. The Devils honor their great history of winning with banners and pictures throughout the arena. However, there is also a mural that honors teams like the Seton Hall Pirates who play at the Prudential Center. The Devils also have a huge wall of high school hockey jerseys from New Jersey.

A final star goes to the expansive concourse of the Prudential Center. There is enough room to move around even when there is a big crowd.

Final Thoughts

The New Jersey Devils may not have the grandeur and mystique of Madison Square Garden or the New York Rangers, but they certainly have a top notch facility. The Devils put out a great product night after night. The arena is spacious and a great place to watch a game. There are many restaurants and places to eat in close vicinity.

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

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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.

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

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