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Swarm named Best NLL Arena Experience

04/23/2014, 4:30pm CDT
By Brent Hollerud

StadiumJourney.com ranks The Hive as best place to catch a game in the NLL

SAINT PAUL, Minn.– The Minnesota Swarm are proud to announce that StadiumJourney.com and Stadium Journey Magazine have ranked The Hive as the Best Arena Experience in the NLL for the second consecutive year, in an article posted on April 21. Minnesota plays all nine of their home games at Xcel Energy Center in downtown Saint Paul from late December to April each year.

According to the article written by Jim Flannery, which can be found here, the Swarm “continue to provide the best overall product in the league—fantastic atmosphere with great fans in an excellent, easy to access neighborhood,” while going on to add that a Swarm game is the best value in professional lacrosse.

“We have strived to make Minnesota Swarm games an experience that is unique and memorable,” said Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta. “We are honored that Stadium Journey picked the Swarm as having the best arena experience in the NLL. Credit goes to our front office and gameday staff, as well as to the best fans in the NLL for making The Hive the premiere destination to watch professional box lacrosse.”

The Swarm are additionally the only NLL franchise represented on the “Best of Other Great Venues” list on their “2013 list of best stadium experiences in the U.S. and Canada.” Stadium Journey’s official review of the Swarm gives The Hive a perfect five-star rating for atmosphere, neighborhood, access and return on investment, finishing with an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5. For the full review click here.

Stadium Journey is a renowned publication that visits and reviews sports venues from across the world. To date they have evaluated 1,814 different venues in 39 different countries. In compiling their rankings of NLL Arena Experience Rankings, they “[Evaluated] the stadium experience by looking at the food and beverages available at the facility, as well as the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood, the fans, access, return on investment and any extra features the stadium has to offer.”

The Swarm, currently celebrating their 10th Anniversary Season in Minnesota, are widely considered the best-kept secret in the Twin Cities, featuring lower-level seating at affordable prices, a family-friendly atmosphere and showcasing some of the best lacrosse in the world. At any age, a Swarm game is a great place to have some fun and take part in the infamous Goal Dance.

There is one last chance to discover the Swarm experience during the 2014 season as Minnesota faces the Toronto Rock Saturday night at The Hive to wrap up their schedule. The 7 p.m. CT game is additionally Fan Appreciation Night, and early fans will receive a free team poster presented by Aspire Beverages and Visions Printing. There will also be a post-game autograph session open to all in attendance. Great lower-level seats are still available for as low as $22 for a lower-level seat.  Visit mnswarm.com or call 888-667-9276 for more information.

2014 Stadium Journey NLL Arena Experience Rankings:

1.       Xcel Energy Center - Home of the Minnesota Swarm

2.       First Niagara Center - Home of the Buffalo Bandits

3.       Langley Events Centre - Home of the Vancouver Stealth

4.       Air Canada Centre - Home of the Toronto Rock

5.       Wells Fargo Center - Home of the Philadelphia Wings

6.       Pepsi Center - Home of the Colorado Mammoth

7.       Scotiabank Saddledome - Home of the Calgary Roughnecks

8.       Rexall Place - Home of the Edmonton Rush

9.       Blue Cross Arena - Home of the Rochester Knighthawks

SAINT PAUL, Minn.– The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm are proud to announce that StadiumJourney.com and Stadium Journey Magazine have ranked The Hive as the Best Arena Experience in the NLL for the second consecutive year, in an article posted on April 21. Minnesota plays all nine of their home games at Xcel Energy Center in downtown Saint Paul from late December to April each year.

According to the article written by Jim Flannery, which can be found here, the Swarm “continue to provide the best overall product in the league—fantastic atmosphere with great fans in an excellent, easy to access neighborhood,” while going on to add that a Swarm game is the best value in professional lacrosse.

“We have strived to make Minnesota Swarm games an experience that is unique and memorable,” said Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta. “We are honored that Stadium Journey picked the Swarm as having the best arena experience in the NLL. Credit goes to our front office and gameday staff, as well as to the best fans in the NLL for making The Hive the premiere destination to watch professional box lacrosse.”

The Swarm are additionally the only NLL franchise represented on the “Best of Other Great Venues” list on their “2013 list of best stadium experiences in the U.S. and Canada.” Stadium Journey’s official review of the Swarm gives The Hive a perfect five-star rating for atmosphere, neighborhood, access and return on investment, finishing with an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5. For the full review click here.

Stadium Journey is a renowned publication that visits and reviews sports venues from across the world. To date they have evaluated 1,814 different venues in 39 different countries. In compiling their rankings of NLL Arena Experience Rankings, they “[Evaluated] the stadium experience by looking at the food and beverages available at the facility, as well as the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood, the fans, access, return on investment and any extra features the stadium has to offer.”

The Swarm, currently celebrating their 10th Anniversary Season in Minnesota, are widely considered the best-kept secret in the Twin Cities, featuring lower-level seating at affordable prices, a family-friendly atmosphere and showcasing some of the best lacrosse in the world. At any age, a Swarm game is a great place to have some fun and take part in the infamous Goal Dance.

There is one last chance to discover the Swarm experience during the 2014 season as Minnesota faces the Toronto Rock Saturday night at The Hive to wrap up their schedule. The 7 p.m. CT game is additionally Fan Appreciation Night, and early fans will receive a free team poster presented by Aspire Beverages and Visions Printing. There will also be a post-game autograph session open to all in attendance. Great lower-level seats are still available for as low as $22 for a lower-level seat.  Visit mnswarm.com or call 888-667-9276 for more information.

2014 Stadium Journey NLL Arena Experience Rankings:

1.       Xcel Energy Center - Home of the Minnesota Swarm

2.       First Niagara Center - Home of the Buffalo Bandits

3.       Langley Events Centre - Home of the Vancouver Stealth

4.       Air Canada Centre - Home of the Toronto Rock

5.       Wells Fargo Center - Home of the Philadelphia Wings

6.       Pepsi Center - Home of the Colorado Mammoth

7.       Scotiabank Saddledome - Home of the Calgary Roughnecks

8.       Rexall Place - Home of the Edmonton Rush

9.       Blue Cross Arena - Home of the Rochester Knighthawks

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