Because my chances of going to the Bell Centre for the first time ever have increased greatly, due to the fact I’m moving to Montreal and should be no more than a handful of miles from there, I thought I’d search the web and ...
Because my chances of going to the Bell Centre for the first time ever have increased greatly, due to the fact I’m moving to Montreal and should be no more than a handful of miles from there, I thought I’d search the web and see what I might be in for.
(For those who might be wondering why I’ve never been, it’s because I moved across the country before it was built and was never able to get back).
Here’s some reviews I found, and although the consensus is that things are pricey at the Bell, most say it’s a great experience nonetheless. Although one person said there’s some obstructed views, which surprises me.
Here we go:
Nice. Modern. Clean. Great place to watch a game. There are very few “bad” seats. Extraordinarily expensive, because they can. Can’t fault ‘em for that.
This is one of the premiere arenas in the NHL and very well organized and modern. Sure they soak you $11 for a can of beer and food is equally expensive but that’s how they make money! This place oozes hockey heaven for Quebeckers. I’ve been here to see concerts in the past (John Mayer, U2 and Bon Jovi) and acoustics and sightlines are excellent!
Centre Bell isn’t the nicest arenas I’ve been to and it’s not the biggest stadium I’ve been to but absolutely NOBODY can argue that they house some of the greatest fans in North America.
Whether it’s a hockey event or a big fight, you’ll be guaranteed that the crowd will hold down their fort and minimize the amount of visiting fans, yes I’m looking at you other Canadian cities!!!!! as well as cheer on their hometown team or stars. There’s not a lot of places with this much emotion, fun and pride all the time and not just when their team is doing well. For that MTL I give your Centre Bell a 5 star review.
The concerts here are cool too, and with any arena there comes a level where it’s difficult to make out the band but you have to expect that!
With 95% of arena’s the food sucks and is overpriced.
Was invited to see the last Habs game of the 11/12 season from one of the corporate boxes. The view was good and even though the boxes may appear far away the game is still enjoyable to watch from them.
The service was good, each box has it’s own attendant (seemed like all the attendants were pretty girls) and ours was always asking us if we needed any drinks or anything.
The boxes come with free food (depends on what was ordered but for us it was delicious smoked meat sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and chips, the boxes next to us had different food) and free drinks (espresso, lattes, 3 kinds of beer, juice, pop, or water). Near the end of the game a dessert cart full of many different delicious desserts and alcoholic liquers comes by and you get your pick of what you want.
Overall it was a good experience. A typical corporate box is usually pretty nice, has a mini kitchen, living room with a few TVs, and of course opens up to the seating area in the arena (with a few more tvs in front in case you don’t want to strain your eyes looking down). Each box has it’s own bathroom!
Aside from having to wait 5 minutes for the elevator, leaving the arena was pretty easy.
Packing a sold out arena of 22,000 fans every Habs home game is a great experience, however I’m not quite a fan of the location for concerts and smaller venues – somehow it just doesn’t do it for me.
I love the Express Exits that they have – wish other arenas had the same.
This hockey arena is any NHL fan’s wet dream come true. It’s comfortable, spacious and has the highest seating capacity in the league, along with the most prodigious franchise in the sport making for a very unique and incredible experience.
I’ve been there to see my beloved Boston Bruins play the Canadiens and although the tickets were very expensive ($150 per ticket), all five of us had an abs