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Verizon Wireless Arena

Manchester, NH

Home of the Manchester Monarchs

3.0

3.3

Verizon Wireless Arena (map it)
555 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03101


Manchester Monarchs website

Verizon Wireless Arena website

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 9,852

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The Roar is No More

Verizon Wireless Arena is the current home of the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. This will not be the case for the 2015-2016 season, however. The Los Angeles Kings affiliate will be leaving Manchester and will be headed to Ontario, California as part of the AHL’s new California division. Hockey fans in Manchester will not be left without a team, however. The Ontario Reign of the ECHL will move into Verizon Wireless Arena and assume the Monarchs name.

3.0

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    3

There are a number of options in the beverage department at Verizon Wireless Arena. There is domestic draft beer ($6.50), Blue Moon Draft ($7.50), Labatt 24oz canned beer ($10.00), as well as Budlight Lime-A-Rita and Straw-Ber-Rita for $7.00. Guinness is also served at a stand on the concourse. Verizon Wireless Arena serves Coca-Cola products. There is also non-alcoholic beer available.

The food will not wow you at Verizon Wireless Arena. There are the usual stadium staples such as hot dogs ($4.50), popcorn ($4.50 for regular, $6.00 for jumbo), pretzels ($4.25), peanuts ($4.00), as well as assorted candy for $3.25. Papa Gino's pizza is also available for $4.75 for a slice or $23.50 for an entire pizza. There are also meatball subs ($7.00), and grilled chicken Caesar salads ($7.00).

Atmosphere    3

The atmosphere is very average at Verizon Wireless Arena. There is definitely a minor league feel. There are many promotions and giveaways throughout the game. For example, at the game reviewed every fan in the arena got a coupon for free fries from McDonalds because the Monarchs scored 3 goals in the game. There was also a chuck-a-puck contest where fans throw foam pucks onto the ice to win prizes.

There is definitely a family atmosphere at Verizon Wireless Arena. The Monarchs were promoting an upcoming game with the Portland Pirates as Star Wars night. These types of things are very typical from minor league hockey clubs that are looking for a novelty to draw people to the arena. Opposing fans are treated well. Most fans of the Monarchs are fans of the Boston Bruins, since they live in New Hampshire. There is common ground amongst most hockey fans in New England.

Neighborhood    3

Verizon Wireless Arena is located in the southern part of the downtown district. There are a number of restaurants and dining options in the area. It is a relatively safe area to bed in. Manchester is a very old city. It is a typical New England mill town that is situated on a river. In this case, the city of Manchester is located on the Merrimack River. There are a few colleges in the area as well.

Fans    2

Don't get me wrong, the fans here in Manchester are very knowledgeable and passionate about their team. The problem is, there are not many fans in attendance. I had a feeling that the low attendance was due to the large amount of snow that has fallen lately. But, when I asked someone who regularly attends games, she said that attendance is never very high.

There are diehard fans who support the team through and through, but there were just way too many empty seats. The announced attendance was 4,233 people. It looked like there were far fewer people in the arena. There were times when you could hear the players talking on the ice. The Monarchs are currently in 1st place in the Eastern Conference and they still do not draw very well.

Access    5

The arena is very easy to access. There is a parking lot right near Verizon Wireless Arena and it costs $10 to park there. The lot is about a 2 minute walk from the arena which is very helpful on those cold New England winter nights. You can get to Verizon Wireless Arena by taking Rt. 3, or 293 and then getting on Granite. St. There are also back roads that could take you into the city of Manchester. Overall though, it is very easy to find and navigate around the Manchester area.

Return on Investment    3

The Monarchs have decent ticket prices for the AHL level. Tickets range from $19.25 to $33 depending on where you want to sit. The Monarchs like most teams offer a flex ticket package. If you buy a pack of 12, you can use those 12 tickets at whatever game you want and can choose your seat.

Extras    2

The Monarchs use the same goal horn that their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings use. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They have a few areas that sell Monarchs gear, as well as a pro shop in the lobby.

Final Thoughts

Verizon Wireless Arena is a solid facility. If anything, it could use some new seats to make it feel more modern. The arena is a pretty good value and you will see some great hockey. To see the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL you need to visit this 2014/2015 season. Next season (2015/2016), Verizon Wireless Arena will be home to an ECHL team instead. It is a place any New England hockey fan should put on their to-do list.

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Crowd Reviews

Manchester Monarchs Mansion

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

Opened in the year 2001, the 9,852-seat Verizon Wireless Arena is located on the edge of downtown Manchester. The AHL affiliate of the LA Kings, the Manchester Monarchs, is the arena's main tenant. The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team also typically plays a couple of home games at "The Verizon" each season, including an annual contest with Dartmouth College.

Starting to show some age

Total Score: 3.29

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

When the Monarchs first moved to Manchester, it was nearly impossible to get a ticket. Now that the team is in its 13th season, crowds of 3,000 on weekends are not uncommon. The place is still one of the nicer arenas in the AHL, but it no longer stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is very easy to get to, located on the edge of a nice downtown area. Food selections are basic, and the atmosphere is the same forced enthusiasm you see in most minor league hockey rinks. Beware of the most intrusive search you will experience upon entering an arena. If sitting in the silver seats (upper deck), you will be surprisingly far from the action. Like I mentioned, it's still a nice place, but many of the touches that made it special have disappeared.

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Local Food & Drink

Portland Pie Co.  (map it!)

786 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 622-7437

http://www.portlandpie.com/

JW Hill's Sports Bar and Grill  (map it!)

795 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 645-7422

http://www.jwhills.com/

Strange Brew Tavern  (map it!)

88 Market St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 666-4292

http://www.strangebrewtavern.net/

Margaritas  (map it!)

1037 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 647-7717

http://www.margs.com/

Athens  (map it!)

31 Central St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 623-9317

http://www.yelp.com/biz/athens-restaurant-manchester

XO  (map it!)

827 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 560-7998

http://xoonelm.com/

Hanover Street Chophouse  (map it!)

149 Hanover St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 644-2467

http://www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com/

Piccola Italia Ristorante  (map it!)

815 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 606-5100

http://www.piccolaitalianh.com/

Mint Bistro  (map it!)

1105 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 625-6468

http://www.mintbistronh.com/

Local Entertainment

Palace Theatre  (map it!)

80 Hanover St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 668-5588

http://www.palacetheatre.org/

Lodging

Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown  (map it!)

700 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(855) 296-5766

http://www.radisson.com/manchester-hotel-nh-03101/nhmanch

Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown  (map it!)

South Commercial St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(855) 809-3512

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-hampshire/hilton-garden-inn-manchester-downtown-MHTDTGI/index.html

La Quinta Inn and Suites Manchester  (map it!)

21 Front St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(855) 809-3504

http://www.laquintamanchester.com/

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