Madison Square Garden Events
Madison Square Garden (MSG) is a multi-purpose indoor area in Manhattan, New York City. It's above the Pennsylvania Station between Seventh and Eighth Avenue and 31st to 33rd streets. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of venues in the country. It is the host of some of the best sporting events, shows and concerts. MSG is the home venue of the New York Knicks and NY Rangers, as well as, the host venue to big events like the Big East Basketball Tournament and NIT Finals. MSG ranks in the top five busiest music venues in the world, in terms of ticket sales.
MSG opened on February 11, 1968, and is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in the New York metro area. Madison Square Garden has a capacity of ~20,000 for concerts, 19,812 for basketball, and 18,006 for hockey. The arena is arranged in six levels, including floor, loge, 100-level, 200-level, promenade, and mezzanine. The loge level is where you want to be for all sporting events. It gives you great views from the baseline or you can get the club seats along the sideline. The single-digit sections are the best in the arena, while the 100-level seats are all still very close to the action.
Sports at the Madison Square Garden
The Garden is one of the premier venues for both professional basketball and hockey and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in New York City. The New York Knicks have won NBA championships on the court at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup since 1940 on the ice at MSG. The NHL All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Game have both been held there. Numerous UFC and WWE matches, including WrestleMania and SummerSlam have been at MSG, as well as exhibition tennis matches featuring legends like Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and resident New Yorker John McEnroe.
Madison Square Garden Concerts
The biggest concerts in the biggest city in the country are held at Madison Square Garden. Name any star musician over the past three decades and its near certain that they played a show at the Garden. One of the biggest events at MSG ever was a 1973 stop on Led Zeppelin's tour, where filming occurred for their "The Song Remains the Same" film. Zeppelin also played six sold-out dates at MSG in 1977. Other notable artists to play at MSG at the height of their fame were Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the Grateful Dead. Billy Joel offer does a residency at MSG where he will play as many as 12 shows over a short period of time. Today's biggest stars continue to fill the Garden with including Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Hart, LCD Soundsystem, Paul Simon, Phish, Taylor Swift, U2. and many more.