Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is home to the famous New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden
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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

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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

5 Star Rating Had one of the greatest nights of my life here. The garden is one of the best concert venues bar none, I would recommend going to any concert that you have the chance to go to here. Billy Joel live in concert at Madison square garden is one for the books. Any chance you get to go to Madison square garden I recommend it. What a great opportunity that you won’t forget in a lifetime. From checking in to getting to the seating area everything just went so smooth.

Bryce Britton - 13 hours ago

5 Star Rating Got to see Billy Joel @ MSG, it was amazing. The seats were in the 200 sections toward the back. It was easy to get to from NJ Transit's Penn Station. Quick, convenient and easy access. I would do this again for a convert or sporting event.

Jonathan Yu - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Not as I remember it to be as a kid. Good view of the entertainment from almost any seat in the venue, decent food and variety of vendors, staff was friendly and helpful. Parking was convenient. Really enjoyed the hoop game and would definitely come back again.

Carl Sallo - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating History history history. I have been to many arenas in the world but this is the best one yet. I just can't come across history like this building has compares to any other arena in the world. This is well recommendedd arena I wish everyone who can experience this should definitely come here. No words can describe the feeling you get 5 stars

Gustavo Franco - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Five stars just for being in the Madison square garden and attending a Christmas NBA match. Great American atmosphere and nice staff. Good and drinks are pretty expensive in the arena but it’s something you have to expect for. It’s also cool to take a walk around the corridors and read all the moments of big fame this arena went through. Overall it’s all about the history this country can offer.

Evripidis Chelas - 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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