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Verizon Wireless Arena

Manchester, NH

Home of the Manchester Monarchs



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

Manchester Monarchs website

Verizon Wireless Arena website

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 9,852

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


The Kings of New Hampshire Hockey

You really have to feel for the hockey fans in Manchester, New Hampshire. Despite being located firmly in the middle of Boston Bruins territory, these hockey fans supported the top farm team of the Los Angeles Kings for 14 seasons. For the first five seasons the Monarchs played in the American Hockey League, the team averaged over 8,000 fans per game in the 9,852 seat Verizon Wireless Arena. Attendance dropped over time, but the team continued to draw an average of over 5,600 fans in each of their final four seasons. These fans were rewarded for their loyalty in 2015, when the team won their first Calder Cup championship.

During the 2014-2015 season, six western NHL teams announced their intention to move their top farm teams closer to home. Caught up in this movement were the Monarchs, who are owned by the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings moved the franchise to Ontario, California, which is located 37 miles away from Los Angeles. Manchester, located 3,016 miles away from Los Angeles, never stood a chance.

Manchester did not go without hockey for long, though. The Kings, who also own their ECHL franchise, moved that team from Ontario to Manchester. The Monarchs, who enjoyed rivalries with other New England teams in close by cities such as Portland, Maine, Worcester, Springfield, and Lowell, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut, now find themselves as the only ECHL team in New England. Their closest rival is now located in Glens Falls, New York. There are five AHL teams within closer driving distance than any of their ECHL brethren.


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

The concessions at the Verizon Wireless Arena don't stray too far from the basics, but there are unique items to be found.

All your standard arena fare can be found here, such as hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and chicken tenders. Other arena favorites, such as sausage and pepper sandwiches, nachos, pretzels and French fries can be purchased at the Verizon Wireless Arena's several concession stands. Snack items such as popcorn, pretzels, fried dough, candy and Cracker Jacks are also available. Coca Cola products are featured here. Fans looking to save a few dollars can combine items into a combo meal.

In addition to the many permanent stands, there are portable stands lining the concourse. Hungry Monarchs fans will find ice cream, Dippin' Dots, cotton candy, pizza slices, and assorted beer here. The Verizon Wireless Arena has an impressive selection of beer, including Budweiser and Bud Light, Labatt, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Miller Lite and Coors Light.

Fans looking for healthy choices or unique items can enjoy Caesar salads, wraps, meatball subs and bacon cheeseburgers. Fans wanting premium items will seek out the carving stations, where freshly slices roast beef or turkey sandwiches are prepared to order.

Atmosphere    3

The Monarchs staff put on a good show, and when the building is full, there is a definite buzz in the arena. Unfortunately, the Verizon Wireless Arena doesn't fill to capacity these days, resulting in an average rating.

There is an excellent pregame show, complete with strobe lights, video montage, and a giant inflatable lion head. The Monarchs' mascot, Max, is a constant energetic presence. All the standard game day touches can be found, such as chuck a puck, 50/50 and jersey raffles, and intermission games. Kids who have a tough time sitting still will gravitate to the Kids Kingdom, where they can test their shooting skills or participate in other activities. Several giveaways and contests occur throughout play stoppages.

Neighborhood    5

Manchester is New Hampshire's largest city, located about an hour's drive northwest of Boston via Interstate 93. The Verizon Wireless Arena is located on the western edge of the city, adjacent to the downtown region and the Merrimack River.

The area around the Verizon Wireless Arena is safe and walkable. Visiting fans looking for places to eat or drink will find no shortage of places close by. The Central Ale House, located a block from the arena, is a self-serve, pay by the ounce bar with a wide variety of adult beverages to choose from. The Red Arrow Diner is perhaps Manchester's most famous eatery, having been open for close to a century. It's a favorite stop for politicians campaigning in the area and locals alike.

There are many hotels located in the downtown area as well. Baseball fans will enjoy the view at the downtown Hilton, which overlooks Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Less than a block from Verizon Wireless Arena is Collectors Heaven, a mom and pop baseball card shop that is worth a look from any collector passing through town.

Fans    3

Fans appear to be slow to embrace the new Monarchs early on in the 2015-16 season, but the team is averaging about 4,500 fans per game, putting them in the upper third of the ECHL. This figure represents about a 20% decrease from their days in the American Hockey League, but these figures are taken after only a handful of games in the lower circuit.

Team officials report that season tickets have decreased from previous seasons, but that there has been a marked increase in group sales, helping to lessen its impact. The team employs a heavy promotional schedule to help bring in the casual hockey fan.

New Hampshire is a hockey-mad area, and the fans who populate the Verizon Wireless Arena know their hockey.

Access    5

The Verizon Wireless Arena is really simple to find, located about a quarter mile off of Interstate 293 on the edge of downtown. Simply take exit 5 (Canal St.), cross over the Merrimack River, and follow Granite Street up the hill through three sets of traffic lights. The arena will be on your right at the corner of Elm Street.

There is a great deal of on-street parking available in the immediate area, just be aware of when meters are in effect. There are many surface lots and parking garages in the area, which can be found on this map.

Give yourself a little extra time when entering the Verizon Wireless Arena, as the facility subjects all fans to a stringent search before entering the building. This can cause lines as people wait to pass through security. Unfortunately, there is no entry lobby, a glaring oversight considering the bitter New Hampshire winters. Fans will enter into the arena at ground level, with the team's pro shop to your right, and a stage that overlooks the interior of the arena directly before you. A pair of staircases take fans up to the main concourse.

Even though the main concourse completely encircles the seating bowl, it becomes narrow in areas, and can be difficult to get around when there is a large crowd. Fans sitting in the upper levels have their own concourses, but there are no concessions here, and restrooms are only accessible by codes available only to those in luxury boxes. Fans need to go down to the main concourses to access all arena services. Seats in the upper level are further from the ice than you will find in most arenas of this size due to the presence of luxury boxes located in between the two seating levels.

Return on Investment    3

A major bone of contention among Monarchs fans was that when the team dropped a level to the ECHL, all pricing remained the same. While this is not entirely true (season ticket prices dropped an average of 15% for 2015-2016), the perception among many fans is that they are now paying AHL prices for a lesser product.

The Monarchs utilize a tiered pricing system for their home games. For premium games (Saturday nights), upper level seats cost $22.25, with lower level seats ranging in price from $24.50 to $34.00. For other games, upper level seats at the Verizon Wireless Arena cost $18.25, and lower level seats range in price from $20.50 to $30.00. While these prices are more expensive than the average price around the league, they are not exorbitantly so.

Parking in the many lots and garages surrounding the arena tops out at $15. Concessions, while a little on the pricey side, are not out of line with other venues in the area.

Extras    2

It is really nice to see that the Kings organization respected the fans' involvement and investment in the AHL version of the Monarchs by raising a banner honoring the 2014-15 Calder Cup championship at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Not doing so would have been a final kick in the behind to fans who supported this team for many years.

Another extra point is awarded for the two banners honoring every player who played in both Manchester and for the Stanley Cup champion Kings teams in 2010 and 2012.

Final Thoughts

Hockey fans in Manchester appear to be slow to embrace the new Monarchs and the lower level of hockey now in town. They do have reason to be bitter, having lost their team simply due to geography.

However, they would do well to take a lesson from the hockey fans in Glens Falls, who supported a temporary occupant, turning an empty arena into a sought after location. Should the NHL expand, Manchester should be at the top of any list for another shot at the AHL. Both Quebec City and Montreal in neighboring Quebec would seem to be logical fits. With the nomadic nature of minor league hockey, Manchester may not have to wait long for another chance.

The Verizon Wireless Arena is one of the nicer mid-sized arenas in the country, and has top notch facilities that would be attractive to any tenant. With a fan experience to match, a trip to hockey-mad New Hampshire is a must for any serious hockey fan.

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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.

The Roar is No More

Total Score: 3.00

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

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.

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Local Food & Drink

Red Arrow Diner  (map it!)

61 Lowell St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 626-1118


Central Ale House  (map it!)

23 Central St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 935-7779


Portland Pie Co.  (map it!)

786 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 622-7437


Strange Brew Tavern  (map it!)

88 Market St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 666-4292


Margaritas  (map it!)

1037 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 647-7717


Athens  (map it!)

31 Central St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 623-9317


XO  (map it!)

827 Elm St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 560-7998


Hanover Street Chophouse  (map it!)

149 Hanover St

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 644-2467


Piccola Italia Ristorante  (map it!)

815 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 606-5100


Mint Bistro  (map it!)

1105 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 625-6468


Local Entertainment

Palace Theatre  (map it!)

80 Hanover St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 668-5588


Currier Museum of Art  (map it!)

150 Ash St.

Manchester, NH 03104

(603) 669-6144


Collector's Heaven  (map it!)

669 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(603) 622-1965



Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown  (map it!)

700 Elm St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(855) 296-5766


Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown  (map it!)

South Commercial St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(855) 809-3512


La Quinta Inn and Suites Manchester  (map it!)

21 Front St.

Manchester, NH 03101

(855) 809-3504



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