Whether they’re the WHA Jets, original Jets or former Thrasher Jets, Winnipeg will embrace their pro hockey club all the same. Winnipeg’s hockey fandom is ravenous and the return of the legendary Whiteout in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs showcased that devotion. The MTS Centre may have fewest seats of any arena in National Hockey League, but it may be the loudest rink in the game today.
Winnipeg Jets Stadium
Ever since their exodus from Atlanta, the franchise now known as the Winnipeg Jets has called the MTS Centre home. The league’s smallest building (at least in terms of available seats) has quite possibly the most punch in terms of hometown support. The city’s playoff Whiteouts are the stuff of legend and in 2015 the tradition was placed on display for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sellouts are standard at the current Jets barn and boisterous chanting is a regular element too.
Did the Jets benefit from playing in front a passionate fanbase in 2014-15? The results were a bit mixed. The club earned three more home victories than road Ws last season, but still lost both of their home playoff encounters against Anaheim. With only one playoff appearance under the franchise’s post-move belt, the hunger’s there for the team to craft some more memories beyond the “we’re back” variety.
Date Opened: 2004
Construction Cost: $133.5 Million
Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs, Number TEN Architectural Group, Smith Carter
Capacity Attendance: 15,294
Has A Stanley Cup Final Been Played There: No
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