Madison Square Garden | New York Attractions
Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG and known colloquially as, ‘The Garden’, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Manhattan and located at 8th Avenue, between 31st and 33rd Streets, situated on top of Pennsylvania Station.
Opening on February 11, 1968, it is the longest active major sporting facility in the New York Metropolitan area, and is the fourth incarnation of the arena in the city. One Penn Plaza stands at its side. Several other operating entities related to the venue that shares its name.
Madison Square Garden is the third busiest arena in the world in terms of ticket sales, behind M.E.N. Arena, Manchester and The O2 Arena, London both in the United Kingdom.
The current Madison Square Garden is the hub of Madison Square Garden Center in the office and entertainment complex formally addressed as Pennsylvania Plaza and commonly known as Penn Plaza for the railroad station atop which the complex is located.
In 1991, Madison Square Garden owners spent $200 million to renovate facilities and add 89 suites. The process involved hundreds of upper-tier seats being removed to make way.
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The present Madison Square Gardenhosts approximately 320 events a year. It is the home of the New York Rangers of the NHL, the New York Knicks of the NBA, and the New York Liberty of the WNBA, which are, like the arena itself, owned by Madison Square Garden, L.P.
Other regular events include the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus when it comes to New York City, selected home games for the St. John's Men's Red Storm (college basketball), the annual pre and postseason NIT tournaments, the NBA Draft, the Millrose Games Track and Field meet, and almost any other kind of indoor activity that draws large audiences, such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The Madison Square Garden has previously hosted the 1976, 1980 and 1992 Democratic National Conventions, and hosted the NFL Draft for many years (now held at Garden-leased Radio City Music Hall).
Today's Madison Square Garden is more than just the arena. Other venues at Madison Square Garden include:
- The Theater at Madison Square Garden, which seats between 2,000 and 5,600 for concerts and can also be used for meetings, stage shows, and graduation ceremonies, and was also the traditional home of the NFL Draft until 2005, when it moved to the Jacob Javits Convention Center after MSG management opposed a new stadium for the New York Jets.
- The 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) Expo Center(formerly known as "The Rotunda") is used for trade shows, cat shows, stamp shows, often in combination with the arena, banquets, and receptions.
A 9,500-square-foot terrace and 2 Restaurants: The Garden Club and the Play-by-Play.
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