Hockey is one of the four major sports in the US and high-level professional athletes play in The National Hockey League (NHL). New York boasts two NHL teams that include The New York Rangers and The New York Islanders. If you’re in New Jersey, they too have a team called The New Jersey Devils. The atmosphere at a Rangers game is unparalleled and home games are played in the heart of Manhattan, at the most prestigious arena, Madison Square Garden. Ice hockey has some of the most loyal fans of all the sports categories, and you will notice that right away at a Rangers game. It’s intense and it’s a spectacle that is not to be missed!
NY Rangers Schedule
Much like the NBA, regular-season games in the NHL run from October to early April with the possibility of being extended if teams make the playoffs. There are 82 games within the regular season. In the event the Rangers do not have a home game during your stay in New York, you can check if you may be able to see a home game of the New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders to get your ice hockey fix! Attending a Rangers game is definitely one of the best things to do in Manhattan.
Professional Sports and the Coronavirus 2020
The pandemic sweeping the world has taken everyone by surprise. Just like the rest of the sports world, the NHL has decided to “pause” their season and hopefully be able to return once everything settles down. The virus that causes COVID-19 has stopped large gatherings which includes major events such as sports. The NHL initially decided to postpone the 2019-2020 season. The virus doesn’t seem like it will be going away anytime soon, so it appears that the season will be in jeopardy.
Even if for whatever reason sports do come back, games will initially be played without fans in attendance.
New York Rangers Tickets & Best Seats
Prices for tickets depends on the seating chart. The higher up you are in the stadium, sometimes called “nosebleed seats” are cheaper than seats closest to the ice and players. However, it largely does not matter what ticket you buy since the atmosphere in Madison Square Garden during the games is great and you can experience it from any seat. The cheapest Rangers tickets start at $30 and they can cost up to several thousand dollars (box seats). However, most tickets range between $70 and $200. It all depends on where your seat is located.
The best seats are on the long sides of the ice rink, seats in sections 115 to 119 as well as 105 to 109. In these seats, you will be close to the action and can recognize players and see the puck. Tickets in these sections run approx. $150 to $250.
Tickets with the best cost/benefit ratio are those for seats in the 200’s – sections 222 to 226 as well as sections 209 to 213 on the opposite side. These seats provide you with excellent views. I personally do not care for the seats right behind the goals, but that is a matter of taste. One thing for sure: you’ll be part of the roaring crowd and the sensational atmosphere in the stadium can’t be beaten!
New York Rangers Stadium
The location of the stadium in which the Rangers play is inside the most iconic arena. It’s right in the center of beautiful Manhattan. Madison Square Garden is located between 7th and 8th Ave. and 31st to 33rd St. The arena can accommodate 18,200 screaming fans, which guarantees a rowdy evening!
How do you get to the stadium?
Getting to Madison Square Garden is very easy and accessible. You can either walk or take subway lines 1 2 3 A C E to Penn Station/34th Street. Madison Square Garden is located between 7th and 8th Ave. near 31st St. You should not have any difficulties finding your way to the arena. You’ll most likely see crowds of Rangers fans, so you can’t miss it.
When should you arrive at the stadium?
I recommend getting to the stadium one hour before the start of the game. This will help you avoid long wait lines at the ticket counters and entry gates and you can also take a closer look at the famed arena, Madison Square Garden.
More about the New York Rangers
The New York Rangers is the more popular ice hockey team in New York. Because of their team colors (red, white and blue), Madison Garden’s proximity to Broadway, and early players’ reputation of mingling with Broadway stars, The Rangers were given the nickname “Broadway Blueshirts”. They are one of the original 6 teams of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are a regular contender for hockey’s greatest prize, The Stanley Cup.
Have you ever wondered how it is possible to have a basketball game in the afternoon and then a hockey game later that night in the same arena? During hockey season at Madison Square Garden, the ice rests underneath the basketball court (or stage if applicable), covered with a highly insulating material. Numerous pipes cool the floor of the 17,000 square meter ice rink. The metal oxide is used to get the ice to turn white, and the lines are painted by hand. The ice rink requires an unfathomable sum of 40,000 liters of water!
New York Rangers History and Successes
The New York Rangers are one of only four teams that have been in the NHL since its inception – the 1926/1927 season. The team was founded in 1926 and immediately got off to a successful start. Within the first seven years (up to the 1932-33 season) the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup three times and also won two division titles. But after these successes, the team faded into the background. Many times, the former champs were in last place in the NHL. No big successes were achieved for many years. Either the players were too young and inexperienced, or management had a falling out with the coaches. It took 54 years for the New York Rangers to win their next Stanley Cup in 1994. However, this was also followed by a drought in titles.
In the last few years, however, the team has stabilized and finally recruited the right mix of experienced leaders, energetic and young players. Since 2012, the New York Rangers have added a division title and a conference title to their resume. The Rangers are once again a staple team in the playoffs.
Fans & Atmosphere
The atmosphere during a New York Rangers game is incredible. It’s loud, stirring, thrilling and every clever play is enthusiastically acknowledged. It is so overwhelming that it is hard to describe. You can tell that ice hockey in the US is not a fringe sport, but firmly embedded in the sports DNA of the nation!
I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world!