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.
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The Prudential Center has all of the basics covered, but also has some unique items and stands. There is Italian food, sub sandwiches, and even sushi. At House of Spuds you can pick up some specialty fries, as well as fried pickles. There is Spicy Double Beef Chili & Bacon Cheddar Fondue Fries ($12.00), Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Cheese Fries ($12.00), and Short Rib Gravy & Cheese Curd Fries ($14.00). Fried pickles are sold here for $8.00. There is also Mrs. Field's cookies and Rita's Italian Ice available at a few locations. For those of you looking for healthier options, there are some salads as well as fresh wraps available.
The Prudential Center is a facility that sells Pepsi products. You can pick up a bottle of soda for $5.50 and a bottle of water for $5.00. There is a variety of choices as far as beer goes. Beck's, Stella Artois, and many other choices are available at the Prudential Center. There are also many choices for local and craft beer.
The Devils are an old school franchise. Even though they have fallen on some hard times as an organization, the team still does a good job at creating a solid hockey atmosphere. There are many things around the Prudential Center that showcase the greatness of the Devils franchise. The banners from the 1995, 2000, and 2003 Stanley Cup titles hang prominently from the rafters. Three of the Devils' all-time greats, Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens, and Ken Daneyko have their numbers hanging in the rafters of the Prudential Center. There are some giveaways at the Prudential Center, and there is a t-shirt toss during the game as well. The Devils used to have a dance team, but that was disbanded following the 2013-2014 season.
There is also a display in the lobby of jerseys from all of the New Jersey high school hockey teams. From the Verona Hillbillies to the Nutley Raiders to the High Point Wildcats, you will find every New Jersey high school hockey team. This just shows the commitment that the Devils have to showcasing New Jersey hockey at every level.
The city of Newark isn't considered to be one of the nicer cities in the country, but the area around the Prudential Center is improving. The immediate area around the Prudential Center is fine, but I wouldn't venture out too far outside of the immediate vicinity of The Rock. While driving into Newark there are plenty of small shops that are in disarray and in need of repair. Once you get closer to the Prudential Center though, things improve. There are a few restaurants right around the corner. Dinosaur BBQ is a favorite as well as Chipotle. The Chipotle was packed before the game when I went in. I would recommend either of these places; if you want to sit down and have a meal though, go with Dinosaur BBQ. The parking lots are very close to the arena so you won't have to walk down the troubled areas of Newark. The police block off some of the streets around the arena to make it easier for fans to move around into the arena.
Devils fans know their hockey. The fans are knowledgeable and passionate and come out to support their team through thick and thin. There are various chants throughout the game, such as the "Rangers Suck" chant. The Devils don't even have to be facing the Rangers on any particular night for this chant to begin. The fans are always into the game, and are a pretty loud bunch. There were some opposing fans in the arena, and I saw no incidents occur. However, if a rival like the New York Rangers is in town, you could expect some heated exchanges. The fans are generally very kind and polite to opposing fans. When the Rangers come to town, the fans on both sides make themselves known and the games have a more physical edge. If you plan on coming to the Prudential Center wearing a Rangers jersey, be prepared to hear some heckling.
It is easy to get to the Prudential Center. If you are taking NJ Transit, get off at Newark Broad Street Station. From there you take the Light Rail to Newark-Penn Station. There is a walkway that will take you from Newark-Penn Station to the Prudential Center. The Prudential Center is in the heart of Newark, and is not very hard to find. It is a gleaming facility that stands out in the city of Newark. There are many places to eat in Newark-Penn station if you want to eat before the game. Places such as McDonald's, and small kiosks for wraps are in the station. There are also places like Starbucks and Subway along the walkway from the station to the Prudential Center.
For those driving, there are plenty of lots close to the arena. Parking ranges from $10-$20 depending on which lot you use.
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You can go to a Devils game and not feel like your wallet has been drained. The Devils have dynamic pricing with their tickets, so depending on the opponent, the price of a ticket can change. Tickets for games against the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins will tend to cost more. Tickets can generally be found for as low as $29. The food, parking, and ticket prices are all middle of the pack as far as NHL prices go. They are much cheaper than their rival in Manhattan.
One star is for the amazing pregame show on the ice. The Devils utilize great special effects and have been highlighting their 1995 Stanley Cup winning team.
A second star goes to the great murals and history of the Devils as well as the Seton Hall Pirates that surround the Prudential Center.
A final star goes to the expansive concourses that are at the Prudential Center. It makes it very easy to get around, as well as leave the Prudential Center.
If you are looking for great hockey, as well as tradition, the Prudential Center is the place for you. It is a much more inexpensive option for hockey fans in the New York City area than Madison Square Garden. The Devils have a great history, great fans, and put a quality product on the ice consistently. The Prudential Center is a beautiful facility, and one you should definitely check out.
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.
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 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.
Easily the best arena in the NYC Metro area, and a true representation of the Newark renaissance
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.
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