The 10 Best Indoor and Outdoor Sports Arenas in New Jersey
Best Indoor Arenas in New Jersey
The best indoor arenas play host to many sports in the state.
The best indoor arenas are those that serve the likes of Hockey, basketball and other niche sports that fans look forward to.
1. Prudential Center, Newark
Newark icon, Prudential Center, is the epitome of excellent arenas in New Jersey.
Playing host to a wide range of activities, Prudential Center is the home of New Jersey home team The New Jersey Devils.
The Arena seats anywhere between 16,000 and 19,000 people depending on the event.
It’s relatively small capacity means the games often sellout, creating an exciting atmosphere in the arena.
2. Mennen Arena, Morristown
Usage: Hockey, concerts, MMA, Indoor NFL
Serving as a smaller, more local arena; Morristown’s own Mennen Arena is a simple indoor facility.
In 2005, CM Punk won the Ring of Honour World Heavyweight Championship in this arena.
Most commonly used by the locals to skate and practice ice hockey, the simple 2,500 capacity arena gets a spot on this list as a great service to the natives of New Jersey.
3. Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Usage: Concerts, niche sports
Asbury Park Convention Hall has been home to some of the best musicians of all time.
Including New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan.
The indoor arena seats approximately 3,600 people and hosts other interesting events and shows.
The Hall is also the home of the Jersey Shore Roller Girls roller derby.
Best Outdoor Arenas in New Jersey
Despite having no state representations for New Jersey itself (aside from the Devils and the New York Teams), Jersey itself has some excellent outdoor arenas themselves.
4. Red Bull Arena, Harrison
Usage: Soccer, Rugby, Lacrosse, Concerts
As the third largest, soccer-specific stadium in the US, Red Bull arena is home to the New York Bulls soccer team.
The stadium – which seats around 25,000 – is situated on the edge between New York City and New Jersey.
As soccer gains traction, due in part to online sports betting becoming more prevalent in New Jersey, we can see Red Bull Arena as being heralded as an important piece of New Jersey iconography.
5. MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Usage: Football, Professional Wrestling, Monster Trucks, Concerts
MetLife holds a special place in both New Jerseyans and New Yorkers hearts.
Specifically for being the only stadium that is the home to two NFL teams: The Giants and the Mets.
The massive arena has a capacity of over 82,00 has hosted national events including The Superbowl and Wrestlemania.
6. TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater
Usage: Baseball, Concerts
As a local arena and ballpark, TD Bank is the home of the Somerset Patriots.
With a capacity of 6,100, the arena is primarily used for local ball games and small concerts.
The Ballpark is simple, and it isn’t uncommon to see the arena fill completely on game day.
7. Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Usage: Boxing, Concerts, Hockey, Indoor Football
The historic Boardwalk Hall is a must see for anyone in Atlantic City.
Aside from being used for many sports events, the Hall is home to the world’s largest musical instrument; a pipe organ with over 33,000 pipes.
Notable events include The Who celebrating their 50th anniversary by playing a sold out show to a max capacity of 10,500.
Mike Tyson fought in the Hall while he was heavyweight champion and famously knocked out Michael Spinks in 91-seconds.
8. Arm & Hammer Park, Trenton
Arm & Hammer Park is home to the Trenton Thunder, a double-league minor baseball team.
The small but recognizable venue hosts exclusively minor-league baseball and has so since its inception in 1994.
In 2011, the arena set an attendance record with over 11,000 people attending a match that featured a rehabilitation game from Jersey Native, Derek Jeter.
9. Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls
Built in 1998 as a tribute to star New Jersey veteran player, Yogi Berra, the arena hosts a range of college baseball games for Montclair State University.
The stadium is also home to a Yogi Berra memorial, museum and learning center.
At a capacity of 5,000, with space to stand for bigger events, the stadium serves as a tribute to Yogi Berra more than anything and resides on 8 Yogi Berra Drive.
10. CURE Insurance Arena, Trenton
Usage: Basketball, Wrestling, Concerts
The final arena on our list is the CURE Insurance arena, located on the edge of the Pennsylvania border.
The arena plays host to mainly men’s and women’s college basketball game and high profile concerts.
Musicians who have passed through include Bruce Springsteen, Cher and Elton John.
The 8,500 seat venue also has hosted the WWE in 1999 when it opened.
New Jerseyans and their Stadiums…
Unlike their neighboring states, the best arenas in Jersey are there to support the locals and help them engage in their favorite sports.
From the iconic Prudential Center to the tribute to a star player – Yogi Berra Stadium – there is something for every fan in New Jersey.
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