It’s hockey time! The division might look a little different this year for the Flyers, but the nasty rivalries that they have with the old standbys will still remain. That includes the New Jersey Devils, and the Flyers visit there for the first time this season on Saturday night, November 2.
The Devils play in the Prudential Center, a gem of an arena in downtown Newark, New Jersey. It is only about two hours up the New Jersey Turnpike and if you are looking to make it an overnight trip or to spend the weekend, there is enough to do to keep you occupied other than the game, not to mention it being a short train ride to New York City and all that it has to offer.
The area around the Prudential Center is becoming a vibrant area of bars and restaurants. Literally right outside the door is the Dinosaur BBQ, the Newark outpost of the popular Syracuse-based restaurant. It has a solid menu of ribs, sandwiches and the like. If you are a craft beer aficionado, Edison Ale House is worth your time and energy. If you are looking for a nice meal in style, Loft 47 restaurant is your speed. Hit it up for a nice pregame feast.
There are plenty of hotels in the downtown area that are relatively within walking distance of the Prudential Center if you decide to stay overnight. However, it is very easy to commute to “The Rock” from the Philly area if you don’t drive. New Jersey Transit has a station within walking distance as does the PATH, which has a stop at Newark Penn Station.
When the Devils decided to move from The Meadowlands to downtown Newark, they moved into a palace. The Rock is simply a gorgeous venue that pays homage to the state in which they call home. Throughout the concourses, the Rock has hockey jerseys from every high school in New Jersey that boasts an ice hockey team. It is a very nice touch that has not been seen at many other venues.
Around the arena, the concession options are aplenty. If you can swing it, score tickets to the Ice Lounge or the Fire Lounge. Both places have a cool atmosphere and boast two of the most immaculate buffets you will ever see. Around the concourses, you will find options that range from paninis and cheesesteaks to sushi. You will not go hungry after you make your trek up the ‘Pike.
It’s an 82 game season, folks, and even though the Flyers have suffered the worst start in franchise history and the Devils aren’t exactly lighting it on fire either, it’s still worth your time and energy to experience this rivalry on the road. It doesn't matter where the teams are in the standings, the nastiness is there regardless. The Rock doesn’t tend to sell out, so it’s fairly easy to get tickets. Do it now and you won’t regret it.