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Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Widely regarded as the most famous venue of its kind in the entire world, New York's Madison Square Garden continues to be an integral piece of New York City's rich culture. This incredible arena first opened in 1968, and since then, it has continually hosted the biggest sports and entertainment events year after year. Today, it is the oldest and most active sports and entertainment venue in the entire New York metropolitan area.
Madison Square Garden is known for being the home of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers, and the National Basketball League's New York Knicks. While it is most often used for sports events, this versatile venue has also hosted plenty of concerts, boxing matches, ice shows, circuses, and many other special events. When touring acts are coming through New York, Madison Square Garden is the must-play venue. It is commonly said that you haven't made it to the top until you have played The Garden.
This iconic venue seats 18,200 and has plenty of history behind it. It is the oldest venue in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the second oldest in the National Basketball League (NBA). This arena has seen some of the most historic moments in sports and entertainment history. Madison Square Garden has hosted numerous NHL and NBA All-Star Games, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, WrestleMania events, and plenty more. Additionally, virtually every major musician has played this arena, including legendary greats like Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley.
Throughout 2011-2013, the Garden underwent $1 billion worth of renovations. This added many modern features and amenities including a larger entrance with interactive kiosks, climate control, larger concourses, new lighting, LED video systems in high definition, new seats, new pedestrian walkways, more food options, and much, much more. Today, Madison Square Garden has the classic styling that gives it such a nostalgic and timeless feeling, while still boasting the latest and greatest modern technology. .
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
While there are places to park nearby, Madison Square Garden does not own, operate, or have any affiliation with the local parking garages and lots. Prices vary, and some can be expensive, so be sure to plan accordingly. Many guests prefer to buy pre-paid, discounted parking before the event. Another way to save some money (and often some time) is to park in a less congested area of the city, and then take public transportation, a taxi, or a limousine to the venue. While this may seem like a hassle, it may save you from waiting in traffic or paying for parking.
Finding the arena is not difficult, as it lies right in busy Manhattan. If you are having problems finding it, there are plenty of people who can point you in the right direction. The venue sits atop Penn Station, the terminal of the Long Island Railroad. If you take Metro-North, it is just two subway stops away from Grand Central. If you do need to drive, you can find detailed directions on how to get there on the Madison Square Garden official website.