Madison Square Garden in New York

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Madison Square Garden in New York

Madison Square Garden (MSG or The Garden as it is also known) is the best-known and largest event hall in New York. It accommodates up to twenty thousand people and each year is host to many concerts and sporting events. It’s home to the basketball team New York Knicks and the New York Rangers ice hockey team. In addition, it houses a cinema, a theatre, a restaurant and a conference centre. MSG is so famous, that it even has its own television channel.

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Highlights of Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden hosts concerts by some of the world’s greatest stars. A performer who is lucky enough to play in this very place will follow in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna and our own rock band Queen. This venue is not only in history books for its pop history though. This was also the place where the Republicans, led by George W. Bush, held their Convention in 2004.

A Short History

Madison Square Garden which we know today, isn’t the original stadium. The first one was built in 1879, at Madison Square. It served primarily as a circus tent. In 1890 this building was demolished, to make way for a new variant at the very same spot. In 1925, MSG moved to the intersection of 50th Street and 8th Avenue. The hall we know today dates back to 1969 and is located above Pennsylvania Station.

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Taking a Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour

Would you like to have a look behind the scenes in such a big event complex, or are you just curious about the venue itself? Join the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour. You will tour The Garden with a guide, and might even enter the dressing rooms of the famous teams like the Knicks and the Rangers, who call this place home! Meanwhile, you’ll pick up on some history about epic moments that have been taking place there during the last 130 years.

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How to get to Madison Square Garden?

It’s easy to get to Madison Square Garden as it is situated in midtown Manhattan. The round building sits atop of Pennsylvania Station, on the 7th Avenue (between West 31st and West 33rd Street). Seeing a concert or a game there is relaxing as you can probably just walk to Madison Square Garden from your hotel. If you are staying further, take the subway: lines A, C,  E to Eighth Avenue station. Or take lines 1, 2 or 3 and get off at Seventh Avenue in Penn Station.

There is no place to store any personal belongings so don’t bring any big bags with you. Your bag must fit under your seat. Did you know that during the hockey season, the ice rests underneath the basketball court? That way you can watch a basketball game during the day and a hockey game at night!

Eric’s Tip: “If you get the opportunity to go to an event at Madison Square Garden you should absolutely take it! It is always fantastic to experience a sports game or concert amongst an audience of enthusiastic New Yorkers. Due to its central location, the arena is also very easy to get to.”

Events and concerts in Madison Square Garden?

Almost daily there are concerts and sports events in Madison Square Garden that you can attend. Buy tickets and enjoy the atmosphere in this legendary hall yourself!

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