NHL Arenas: Ranking the Central Division Teams’ Homes

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Oct 9, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; A view of the arena before the game between the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Central Division Arena #1: American Airlines Center (Dallas Stars)

The Dallas Stars American Airlines Center. Here I have to contradict myself. Didn’t I just say I liked futuristic designs and architecture, like Bridgestone Arena’s U.F.O. roof? Well, yes. But look at American Airlines Center, who would expect this to be a hockey arena?

In my personal opinion, this is the NHL’s coolest arena. It could totally be an iconic old train station like Grand Central Station in New York City or King’s Cross in London. Honestly, without the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks (NBA) banners, if I didn’t know this arena and was walking around Dallas looking for central station, I’d think that was it. Especially since it’s located exactly one mile away from Union Station.

By the way, David M. Schwarz, architect of American Airlines Center and many other buildings, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame — an award that is given to architects who contribute to classical architecture in the modern world. Well deserved, Mr. Schwarz!

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