I live approximately 1 hour from Montreal Canada. I have been a fan of the Montreal Canadiens since the mid 80s. When I initially heard that they were moving out of the Montreal Forum, which was regarded as the most historic hockey arena in the NHL and possibly all of sports, I was quite saddened. I had seen many games in the 80s there.
The Bell Centre was opened in 1996. I was very impressed with the arena. The Forum was small and was old and showing wear. The new Bell Centre is huge. And sticking with history, they have plaques in one section of the Centre for some of the best players to have played the game. In the lower ticket section there is a mock dressing room with some of the most popular players to wearthe sweater. The centre has a seating capacity of 21273 for hockey and up to 21500 for other events. I have sat in all different sections and I have NEVER had a bad seat. Even the cheapest upper levels allow you see all the action. It also has a press galary that hosts 300 press members, five TV studios, four restaurants, press conference and a few others, that make this rink a state of the art arena. On each level there are plenty of restrooms and food/beer courts.
My wife and I won a contest here a few years ago and we were able to skate on the ice. I will say it was a incredible experience, and I love the Bell Centre.