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

Official Website: Madison Square Garden

Fee: Yes

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

Phone: (212) 465-6000

Official Website: Madison Square Garden


Rated 4.7 out of 5Madison Square Garden Star Rating

4 Star Rating Wonderful arena to see the Eagles farewell concert!!!! First time here and I truly enjoyed it. We stayed at The New Yorker and MSG was right down the street and convenient. It appears that there was construction everywhere and congested as usual. Plenty of options to enter the building. Each floor had a lot of memorabilia that showcased wonderful memories. Everyone who touched our soul from music to sports. There are escalators going to each floor. I’m not sure where the elevators were but I’m positive it’s wheelchair accessible to get anyone to where they need to go. One thing that was annoying is that at the end of the concert, there was so much congestion to get to the escalator. I’m sure this is how it always is during any event at any location unfortunately. The arena is equipped with a lot of food vendors and gift stands. They had a lot of different options of food if you’re a picky eater. Drink stands were abundant as well. Prices are the standard for any event and being at an arena. Restrooms were spaces enough to provide options as where your seats are. The lavatories were nicely maintained and stocked. Unfortunately they do not provide toilet seat covers. Staff were professional and courteous. Assisted us with finding our seats. They do not have seat side service. The arena seating was very comfortable me but for the average person it might be a little tight and I’m only 5’2 and 115lbs. The view from our seats were not the best but still had a good view from the wide screen. The arena had a great sound system that provided such a memorable music experience. Usually some places don’t have a great sound system and when someone spoke it just echoed or distorted. Cleanliness overall was above par. Overall experience - my husband and I loved seeing the Eagles and they did a fantastic job performing. MSG made it even more memorable by providing such a great platform for them.

Ny Barber - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating This is my 4th time as MSG and I have never had a bad time. While the vendor pricing is what is expected for an event, I'd always love to see those prices go down. The area is clean. The seats are a bit on the smaller side, but expected for the venue type. The sound was great for every concert I've attended. The stage is versatile, as I've seen it from multiple angles for different artists and it's been a good experience each time.

Jesse Lucatino - 1 month ago

3 Star Rating we had this experience in August 2023. I'll start by saying that the organization for attraction pass holders is terrible. everyone is made to line up, without first counting them at the entrance. result: 1 hour in line to say that the tickets for that day are sold out. when they could have counted the people at the entrance and when they had exceeded a certain number they would have at least avoided the useless queue. we returned the next day early in the morning, and managed to do the tour with the New York pass. the tour was nice but the fact that the venue was set up for a concert ruins 60% of the experience.

Giovanni Alfano - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Madison Square Garden is a true gem. The venue's rich legacy and diverse events make it a quintessential New York experience. Whether you're there for a sports event, a concert, or any other show, the atmosphere is electric and the energy is palpable. The seating arrangement ensures that even from the farthest seats, you're still part of the action. The staff's friendliness and efficiency contribute to a seamless experience. Navigating the venue is hassle-free with clear signage and well-designed facilities. The range of food and beverage options available caters to all tastes, and the quality is surprisingly good for a large arena. Its central location makes it easily accessible, and stepping inside feels like stepping into a piece of New York history. The memories created within its walls are immeasurable, adding a layer of nostalgia to each visit. From a grand concert to a thrilling game, Madison Square Garden knows how to captivate its audience. For its legacy, world-class events, and ability to create unforgettable moments, Madison Square Garden is undoubtedly deserving of a 5 out of 5 rating. It's a testament to New York's vibrant culture and entertainment scene.

Adin Triolo - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating Nice venue, wife and I sat in the Chase Sky Bridge for a Pink concert, section 314, row 2. Overall decent seats up in the rafters. Looking down onto the show was fine and definitely closer than the 400 level seats in the back. However, being that high up and to the side of the stage, there were some obstructions, and the sound was less than desirable. Sound had too much bass and not enough treble to clearly make sense when the artists were talking. The sound during the opening act and dj opener was terrible and you couldn't really appreciate the music. Clarity during Pink's performance was better. The facility was very clean and had plenty of staff to assist as needed.

Matthew Kreitzer - 19 days ago

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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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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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