I guess I'm bias, but I'd take the college atmosphere over the quiet, dry, corporate Rangers/Maple Leafs atmosphere any day of the week. And I mention those two teams because I feel like that's what you'd prefer the Devils' to be like, at some point..
Edit: Which, to clarify, is fine I guess, to each their own. I'm not looking to start a pissing contest or anything, but I guess I'm having a hard time grasping the other side of the debate here.
I'll do my best to give you a 43-year-old's perspective (but someone who still considers himself relatively young at heart).
As you get older, you DO find certain things becoming more irritating and annoying that maybe you wouldn't have in your youth. There was a time where I loved the idea of going into a bar or club where getting bumped and elbowed every two seconds, paying $5+ per beer, and not being able to hear or carry on a conversation with the person standing less than a foot away from me appealed to me greatly. Now? Not so much. Am I a big fan of barely-turned 21-somethings and 40-year-old adolescents who don't know their alcohol limits and clearly have no filters sitting near me at Devils games? No. But I ignore them the best that I can. I don't go to hockey games to confront people on what many define to be inappropriate behavior. I came to terms with the fact, a long time ago, that sporting events of all kinds will attract a segment of fans who think buying a ticket gives them the right to do whatever they want, at everyone else's expense. It comes with the territory in 2013.
Like I've said, I'm all for a rocking building. I think most people are, of all ages. With all due respect to Mazz, he seems to think that not liking a certain type of noise or noises means that such people would prefer to see a near-silent building. Not the case at all. I think what we want to see is genuine noise, heartfelt enthusiasm coming from fans who are actually FEELING it, and Devils fans have shown the capability of doing that on their own (maybe not enough, but they have). The diablos to me are the equivalent of pumped-in crowd noise and paid cheerleading. They remind me of the offensive defenseman who has no idea of when to join the rush and when to pinch. There's just not much of a sense of timing with that group, and they don't feel "real" to me. But like I've said, as long as they're not breaking any rules, it's not on them to tone it down or whatever...it's on me to ignore the vuvuzelas and whatever else bugs me about the diablos.