Built in 2007, the multi-function Newark, NJ, arena is just a short train or car ride from Manhattan and worth the trip for its top-tier bookings. The venue regularly presents concerts by a variety of pop and rock megastars, on the order of Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber, and hosts family events like ice shows, monster truck and circus shows, in addition to New Jersey Devils hockey games.
|Venue name:||Prudential Center||Contact:|
25 Lafayette St
|Cross street:||between Broad and Mulberry Sts|
|Transport:||Travel: PATH train to Newark, NJ Transit Train to Newark or by car from five major highways|
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This fairly new arena ( 9 years old) in Newark, NJ is certainly one of the best larger size arenas in the tri-state area. It matches the capacity of Madison Square Garden and is home to the NJ Devils hockey team. For hockey games, the sight lines are fantastic and the sound is as pounding as the action on the ice. The food choices are plentiful and the hallways around the arena are large and easy to navigate. The sound for concerts is equally as thunderous. Very easy to get to from Manhattan via NJ Transit. There are also locations around the arena to grab a bite to eat and drink, pre and post show.
With all of the arenas in and around New York City, it's easy to forget that there is a world class arena just a few stops away in Newark, NJ. Seriously, the Prudential Center may be an even closer trip for New Yorkers than a trek to Barclays Center or MSG. "The Rock" is home to the New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall college basketball games, and all of the huge acts that you're likely to see on the bill in any of the major NYC venues. Easily accessible by PATH and NJ Transit, the arena is well worth the trip. Even as a fan of rival teams, I look forward to trips to the very welcoming confines of the Prudential Center. Food options inspired by Jersey favorites, local brews, and even a hand rolled cigar station are all to be enjoyed.
For a full night out, there are several great nearby watering holes and eateries. One of my favorite BBQ spots, Dino BBQ is a stone's through from The Rock and for a great collection of local tap beers, visit Edison Ale House. As soon as you experience the ease of getting to Prudential Center, I promise you'll soon be back.
On Sunday night I realised a lifelong ambition .... To see The Boss in his home state of New Jersey. Fortunately it was all I had dreamed of and more.
I was amused that we got on the train next to Madison Square Gardens. Surely that's the place to see the big names ? Well, I am not so sure any more. A short ride away in Newark The Prudential Center was more than ready for action.
We headed into the free fan-zone where "Tramps Like Us" were belting out favourites and really setting the tone for what was about to follow.
Once inside the arena we tucked into beers and snacks - The atmosphere was incredible. Everybody talking about past concerts in all parts of the world. You could taste the excitement.
Then the man took to the stage. In an era when bands don't really do albums any more and most don't buy them or litem to the whole thing, Bruce stepped out and sang the whole of his classic double-album ... The River. He added context with personal stories and raised a mighty cheer at every mention of home and Jersey.
When he had done more than most performers ever could he and The E Street Band went into a barnstorming set of greatest hits that had The Rock rocking.
Oh what a night.
Mr Springsteen and The Prudential Center. you won my respect.
I will be back, even if I have to pass The Garden to get to you.
What a great night out.
I am visiting from London and on hearing that both MUSE and Springsteen were playing this arena just had to go. I asked friends working in Manhatten how to get there and was met with an interesting set of reactions. These ranged from "Its a long way" to i"ts a shady area, you want to think twice about going there" . Well I didn't think twice and I went. For the record I went by subway then on the New Jersey rail from Penn Station. From The Yotel just off Times Square to the Prudential Center took one hour (and that was allowing for me to work out how to buy a train ticket!) One in New Jersey the train station had its share of strays hanging out but had friendly cops who were pleased to point me in the right direction. I walked a couple of bitterly cold blocks and was soon inside "The Pru" .
Once in - you have all you need. Friendly staff showed me to will-call to collect my ticket, and then it was upstairs for a few beers and some really nice food . I made friends with others who had travelled from New York to see MUSE. I was amused to learn that this was a first visit for many as they normally go to Madison Square Garden or The Barclay Center but were just like me and were doing the double-header of MUSE and Springsteen.
Once in the arena it was a total WOW. As you will see from my pictures , I had great seats and was totally blown away by MUSE and the support band X-Ambassadors. The sound was crisp, the light show beyond amazing .
I caught an UBER back to the hotel which was also a simple and relatively inexpensive journey - and only took 30 minutes. Get back to New York in time for one cleansing ale with a friend who has flown in for the gig on Sunday. I told him we are in for a treat. The Prudential Center is a GREAT place to see a gig. My friends in Manhatten need to give it a go.
See you on Sunday Mr Sringsteen !