A Weekend Travel Guide

To begin I wanted to create a travel guide that would be helpful for out of town hockey fans that wanted to catch a game in New Jersey (with that said I apologize in advance for how long winded this post is).

The Prudential Center is a beautiful arena located in downtown Newark. The arena is extremely fan friendly for out of town fans.  Security is top notch and staff will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a pleasurable experience.  The venue also offers a variety of food and beer options. However, if you don’t want to pay arena prices I provided a list of restaurants near the Prudential Center below.

The arena is home to the largest in-arena scoreboard in the world.  The jumbotron is almost four stories tall and weighs 88,401 pounds.  As an added bonus Prudential Center opened The Grammy Museum Experience in 2017. The intimate museum is interactive with drum sets, keyboards and a karaoke stage.  The entrance fee is $10.00 and it’s a great way to kill time before a game if you have kids.

Where to Stay:

In Newark

Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown | 810 Broad Street, Newark, NJ |

Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel | 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ |

Hilton Newark Penn Station | 1048 Raymond Blvd., Newark, NJ |

In Hoboken 

W Hoboken | 225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ |

Hoboken is a 20-25 minute drive to Prudential Center.  The only reason I recommend staying in Hoboken/Jersey City is the view of the New York City skyline.  I’m talking to the fans from Arizona or Toronto who have dreamed of seeing NYC.  It is easy to take public transportation from Hoboken into Newark and just as easy to get into NYC.   At the W Hoboken you will have amazing views of the city and access to beautiful waterfront walking paths.

In Jersey City

The Westin Jersey City Newport | 479 Washington Blvd., Jersey City, NJ |

Like Hoboken, Jersey City offers the same appeal and location to NYC.  Jersey City offers a lively nightlife and variety of restaurant options.

Where to Eat:

Edison Ale House | 51 Edison Place, Newark, NJ |

Located directly across from the arena it may be a cheaper option than the Restaurant at Prudential Center.  Be warned this place will get packed before a game so I recommend getting there early if you want a sit down meal.

Seabra Marisqueira | 87 Madison Street, Newark, NJ |

If you’re looking for delicious Portuguese food look no further than Seabra Marisqueira.  Boasting a 4.4 star rating on Google reviews it is 0.7 miles from Prudential Center.     

The Restaurant at Prudential Center |25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ |

Located inside the arena, (talk about convenient) the restaurant opens 2 hours prior to puck drop.   Enjoy casual dining and a choice of buffet or A La Carte.  It is recommended to make a reservation in advance.

Other Options

Redd’s Biergarten | 220 Market Place, Newark, NJ |

 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que |224 Market Street, Newark, NJ |

The Prudential Center might not be the loudest arena in the NHL but you will find a core of extremely passionate and knowledgeable fans.   As an added bonus hockey fans have the option to make the weekend a doubleheader and catch the New York Rangers or Islanders.  If anyone has a hockey bucket list like me staying in Hoboken or Jersey City will make the most sense if you want to jump across the river into NYC.     If you’ve seen a game at Prudential Center please leave a comment below… I would love to hear about your experience!