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By Daniel Friedman
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For sports fans, the stadium or arena is a place of worship. It’s where we congregate to root for teams and unite under a single banner. These places have come and gone over the years, but New York and New Jersey boast some of the best in the country. Here’s how they stack up against each other:

1. Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden  (Photo by Paul Bereswell/Getty Images)

Madison Square Garden (Photo by Paul Bereswell/Getty Images)

It’s the world’s most famous arena for a reason. Since the renovations, it’s even nicer.

2. Citi Field

Citi Field (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Citi Field (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Modeled after Ebbets Field, the Mets at least have their ballpark going for them. The Jackie Robinson Rotunda is absolutely gorgeous.

3. Prudential Center

Prudential Center (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Prudential Center (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

It’s state of the art and the sightlines are great. The arena also pays homage to other local ice hockey teams, which is pretty neat.

4. Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Yankee Stadium (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

One word comes to mind: big. It also happens to be nice, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly experience, this isn’t the place.

5. MetLife Stadium

MetLife Stadium (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

MetLife Stadium (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s humongous and seats are super expensive. At least the Jets don’t play in a stadium named after their co-tenants anymore.

6. Red Bull Arena

Red Bull Arena (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Red Bull Arena (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

One of the newer additions, this soccer stadium is cozy and the atmosphere is excellent.

7. Barclays Center

Barclays Center (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Barclays Center (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

It’s state of the art, and the outside architecture is very cool. The setup for ice hockey, however, is … different.

8. Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It’s old, it’s falling apart and it’s going to be without a primary tenant after the upcoming hockey season. That said, it’s a fun place to watch a game.

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