To determine the best places for hockey spectators, we compared 73 U.S. cities based on two divisional categories, professional and college hockey, across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from the performance level of the city’s teams to minimum season ticket prices to stadium capacity.

Best vs. Worst

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning’s performance level, 64.23 percent, is 1.7 times better than that of the Detroit Red Wings, at 38.62 percent.
  • The Minnesota State Mavericks’ performance level, 68.37 percent, is five times better than that of the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, at 13.73 percent.
  • Glendale, Arizona, has the lowest average ticket price for an NHL game, $72, which is 3.8 times lower than in Las Vegas, the city with the highest at $271.
  • Chicago has the highest attendance rate for NHL games, 107.20 percent, which is 1.4 times higher than in Raleigh, North Carolina, the city with the lowest at 76.70 percent.
  • Chicago has the highest team franchise value, $1,050 million, which is 3.6 times higher than in Glendale, Arizona, the city with the lowest at $290 million.