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.
Accommodations near Madison Square Garden:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|A, C, E, 1, 2, or 3||34th Street / Penn Station||0 minutes|
|B, D, F, M, N, Q or R||34th Street / Herald Square||5 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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