Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

New York City's Madison Square Garden, dubbed "The Most Famous Arena in the World," is a 20,000-seat arena located atop the city's Pennsylvania Station on 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Built in 1968, the fourth in a line of Madison Square Gardens, the facility is home to the New York Knicks and New York Liberty basketball teams and the New York Rangers hockey team. In addition, the arena hosts over 600 events per year, including concerts, conventions, award shows, the NBA draft, and the Ringling Bros Barnum Bailey Circus.

History

The current Madison Square Garden is the fourth in a line of large, New York City arenas bearing that name. The first arena, located on Madison Square (where the arenas get their name), was built in 1879 as an open-air arena, owned at one time by showman, P.T. Barnum.

The second Madison Square Garden was built in 1890, a Moorish castle-like affair with permanent seating for 8000 and floor space for hundreds more. It was replaced by the third MSG in 1925, built on the site of New York's obsolete trolley barns, at 8th Avenue and 50th Street. Boxing was the primary drawn to this arena, and several well-known champions, including Jack Dempsey fought here.

Other Venues


In addition to the 20,000 seat main arena, the Madison Square Garden complex includes the Theater at Madison Square Garden, a 2000 to 5600-seat facility used for smaller concerts, stage productions, and stockholder meetings. Also within the complex is a 36,000-square foot Expo Center, used for trade shows, banquets, receptions, and the annual New York City Cat Show.

Trivia

Madison Square Garden was the site of President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday party on May 19, 1962, where Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President."

Billy Joel holds the record for number of successive sold-out concerts with 12, in early 2006.

Madison Square Garden has been featured in several films and TV shows, including "Electric Horseman," "Highlander," and "Godzilla."

The MSG arena was the site of the notable charity concerts "The Concert for New York City," held after 9/11, and "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy Concert," held after Hurricane Katrina.

The Future of the Garden

Madison Square Garden's current owner, Cablevision, has proposed plans for a fifth Madison Square Garden, to be located across the street from the current complex. The new Garden would include a shopping arcade, several restaurants, a museum, a hall of fame, and luxury box seats. The current Garden would be torn down and replaced with an office tower.

Visiting Madison Square Garden

It's easy to get to Madison Square Garden from all over the greater New York City area; the arena sits right over Penn Station. In addition, taxis are plentiful along 7th Avenue and there are a number of parking lots in the area.

Facilities are the arena include two restaurants: "Play by Play," a sports bar with 25 TV screens, 11 of them high-definition, and the "Garden Club," the facility's fine dining restaurant, located on the Club level. In addition, there are numerous food concessions, including Starbuck's, Sabrett's Hot Dogs, and Blimpies Subs.

Madison Square Garden has ample restrooms, including family restrooms with baby-changing stations; numerous ATM machines; a Madison Square Garden team shop; and wheelchair rentals.

Aside from attending an event at Madison Square Garden, visitors can tour the complex with the "All Access Tour," a "behind-the-scenes" look at the locker rooms, the theater, and the arena floor. Tours are offered every day between 11am and 3pm, on the half-hours.

Location: at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, New York
Phone: 212-465-6741
E-mail: feedback.msg@thegarden.com

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