4 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121
Hours: Music times vary
Subway: A,C,E,1,2,3 to 34th St (Penn Station)
Written by: Emily Niewendorp
Madison Square Garden, or MSG, is a world-famous sports arena and concert hall, home to the New York Knicks and Liberty basketball teams, and the Rangers hockey team. Housed in four locations over a span of 131 years, it is the longest active major sporting facility in the greater metropolitan area, with a flexible seating capacity in the tens of thousands.
The current facility, situated above Pennsylvania Station, opened on February 11, 1968, with certain technological advances leading its design. Suspension cables, just like those on the Brooklyn Bridge, literally hang the ceiling like a canopy from above, thereby removing the need for columns or similar supports that would normally obstruct a spectator’s view.
The Garden, as the venue is also called, is the third busiest arena in the world in terms of ticket sales, hosting 400 events annually. A fight shortly after opening between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier set a ticket sales precedent for future shows. In the years that followed, music icons like Michael Jackson and Elvis Priestly drew insane crowds to the arena, and additional legends from the past and present have and do continually sell out the Garden’s capacity, such as: Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Madonna, Dave Mathews Band and more.
MSG is known more for its amenities rather than its ambiance. The arena has the typical concourses encircling the arena with concessions and alcoholic beverages. Club suites, with 12 tickets each, are available to rent by groups or individuals on a single-day basis. State-of the-art technology allows for flexible staging of concerts; musicians can choose to perform in the round, or have the deck placed at one end of the floor for a thrust stage setting, which creates the utility of a backstage area.
At MSG, patrons’ expectations are always high; nothing short of the blood, sweat and tears of the performers are required to drive the energy in this colossal space. Whether it’s a rockin’ Led Zeppelin concert or a tied hockey game, a high-energy experience is what people pay for; and because of MSG’s size and impressive technology, any event held here promises to be nothing short of epic.