|Background Music: Hells Bells by AC/DC
|(Sounds better when Sean Connery says it.)
After having played in the only other building the team has
ever known while in New Jersey, the Devils moved into the
brand spanking new Prudential Center in downtown
Newark in 2007.
Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek, after going to other arenas
across the NHL to get some ideas, had vowed that it would
be a huge upgrade for the team and the fans compared to
the Continental Airlines Arena (My words, not his.
Actually, his words were "The Devils need a new arena that
can provide a game-day experience that is certainly equal to
the best team in the National Hockey League and certainly
equal to the product that is put on the ice."), and that it did.
Easier access with the help of mass transit, state-of-the-art
facilities, an impressive menu of food all around the arena,
and in essence, a museum of sorts.
If your jaw is dropping just at the description I gave you,
then multiply that by at least 10, and you have what I was
like opening night for the game against the Senators.
Don't take my word for it, though. See for yourself.