NY’s most important arena, Madison Square Garden hosts sports events such as professional basketball. Although it is prior area is sports, it is an important location for arts and entertainment activities such as concerts and circuses. The Garden is now home to two of New York's most famous teams, the New York Rangers, New York Liberty and the New York Knicks.
At the same time, important boxing matches in history were held at Madison Square Garden, so it has an important place in boxing history. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Joe Fraziero are just some of the boxers who fought for the championship in this arena. Today, although boxing matches have moved to Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden remains important to basketball and ice hockey.
History of The Garden
Madison Square Garden was designed by Stanford White for boxing matches and built-in 1891 on a former train station. Until 1925, apart from boxing competitions, many political meetings were held in the Garden.
By 1925, Madison Square Garden was rebuilt to host sports such as basketball and hockey.
The Garden, which was put into service in its current form in 1968, is the oldest and largest sports facility of the region with its event facilities, an arena with a capacity of 20,000 people and a forum with a capacity of 5,000 people, as well as an exhibition area, a bowling center, and a sports hall.
Madison Square Garden is the oldest surviving arena in NBA and NHL history. In addition, MSG is the second most sold music arena in the world. In terms of construction cost, it is among the 10 most expensive stadiums ever built, with a cost of 1.1 billion dollars.
Visiting The Garden
If you are thinking of visiting the arena, you can take advantage of the Guided Tours or visit Madison Square Garden by purchasing tickets for numerous events.
If you want to see the dressing rooms of the teams competing in the arena, the arena where the fight is held, and even the sections where the trophies are displayed, the Guided Tour (All Access Tour) may be what you are looking for. While the full-access tour is a bit pricey, if you have a New York Pass, you can join this tour for free.
Guided Tours: Between 11 am - 3 pm.
Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue between W. 31st and W. 33rd Streets)
Subway: 34th St. Penn Station, lines 1, 2, 3, A, B and C.
Bus: Lines M4, M10, M16, M34 and Q32.