New York: Madison Square Garden - "The World’s Most Famous Arena"

Updated: Aug 3

Madison Square Garden (MSG) or The Garden is one of the most popular and oldest venues in both the NBA (National Basketball Association) and NHL (National Hockey League). To be more precise it is the home to NBA's Knicks and NHL's Rangers.

It is located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenue from 31st to 33rd Streets and opened on February 11, 1698.

Besides basketball and ice hockey games, MSG also hosts numerous cultural events and other forms of sports and entertainment such as boxing, professional wrestling, ice shows, concerts etc.

Here are some interesting facts you might want to know about The Garden:

– Current location opened on February 11, 1968 and it will probably change in 2023.

– Construction cost: $123 million ($805 million in 2014)

– Renovation cost: $200 million in 1991 and $297 million in 2014

– Total cost (construction and renovations): $1.07 billion dollars in 2014

– Annual events: around 320

– Capacity:

  • Basketball – 19,812

  • Ice hockey – 18,006

  • Concerts – 20,000

  • Boxing – 20,789

  • The Theater at Madison Square Garden – 5,600

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