Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is home to the famous New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden cc licensed photo by sjsharktank

Opened in 1968, the present day Madison Square Garden, often just called The Garden, is the fourth incarnation of this world famous arena. The first arena of this name in New York, opened way back in 1879 and took its name from its Madison Avenue location in Manhattan. It had seating for up to 10,000 spectators. The present day venue has modular seating for between 5,600 and nearly 20,000 spectators depending on the event.

Built right on top of Pennsylvania Station, the Garden underwent a major 200 million dollar renovation in 1991 and more recently an 850 million dollar renovation which should be fully completed in 2013.

Madison Square Gardens is the home of the New York Rangers NHL hockey team and the New York Knicks and New York Liberty basketball teams. It also hosts college basketball, tennis, boxing, wrestling and many other world class sporting events.

In addition to major sporting events, Madison Square Garden presents many big name concerts and a number of theatrical presentations. It is in fact the 3rd busiest venue in the world for music events based on the number of tickets sold.

Even if you don't have time to take in an event at the Garden you may want to join a Madison Square Garden All Access Tour for a great behind-the-scenes look at this historic venue. You can book tours from the official website linked above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes. Puchase Event Tickets

Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, USA

Phone: (212) 465-6741

Official Website: Madison Square Garden


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
A, C, E, 1, 2, or 334th Street / Penn Station0 minutes
B, D, F, M, N, Q or R34th Street / Herald Square5 minutes

How to get to Madison Square Garden by Subway

Take the A, C, E, 1, 2, or 3 train to Penn Station and follow the signs or take the B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R Train to 34th Street / Herald Square, walk one block west to 7th Avenue, go left one block to Penn Station and the Garden.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Madison Square Garden Star Rating

4 Star Rating First time at this place and it's actually very nice after the redesign. They have a good alcohol selection the hot dogs are pretty tasty and the seats are comfortable. It helps that the train station is right below the building so public transport is really easy.

Venya Dosae - 14 days ago

3 Star Rating Huge NY Rangers fan, so was looking forward to visiting MSG (had been there before as a child) again. Paying $100 for each of our 3 seats would have been OK, except for the following: 2 guys were in OUR seats when we arrived, and there was no usher anywhere to help us sort it out. They really didn't want to leave (it was obvious) but were in the wrong section, so we had to screw around with that for a few minutes before even getting to enjoy the game. Then, the FOOD is EXTREMELY overpriced.. cost me $64.50 for 3 (small) burgers, fries and drinks. Ripoff! At the end of the game (for some unbeknownst and inexplicable) reason, they TURN OFF the escalators, so you have to walk down the entire 5 flights of stairs, on non-moving escalators...?? Seriously? Could anything be LESS ACCOMMODATING to your guests than to do something like this? I was really looking forward to an excellent experience at this world-renowned arena, but I guess not. As others have pointed out, this experience is no longer for the Average Joe at these prices. It's a shame an average person can no longer afford to see a sporting event without mortgaging his home... oh well.

James Moore - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating The Garden gets five stars (although some food/drink stands were closed -and the entrance to Penn Station was closed after the concert.) Majestic older facility. Clean with comfortable seating. Saw Josh Groban. Concert was very good. He has a beautiful voice. Could have done without the potty mouth from another performer. Not necessary. For me, it subtracted from her performance.

Janet Manco - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Be aware of no drinks and foods allowed from outside. And if your water bottle is made by metal, it is not allowed as well. Therefore, I hind my water bottle in the CHASE ATM room and throw my delicious burger away. So sad. As you know, food in the square is not so well la. But the experience is awesome. Only the best in class can perform in this world class level stage. I do enjoy the show. Sadly, there is Elton John and bill burr this week. No NBA this time. I will be back.

C.J. Wang - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 21 Pilots put on a great show. Those two guys are more than worth the price of admission and highly entertaining... not to mention very good performers. The stage show was awesome. This was my first time seeing a show at MSG and found the facility to not be what I expected. Because of its age, I thought it might be in disrepair and out dated. Not at all. Great venue. Great sight lines. Lots of friendly and helpful staff and security. We had a great time at the sold out Twenty One Pilots show at Madison Square Garden.

J David Brown - 1 month ago


Enjoy this time lapse video showing the both the transformation of Madison Square Garden for various events as well as the recent major renovation

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