Madison Square Garden Details
Nicknamed The World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden is no stranger to being the backdrop for some of the most iconic athletes and musical artists to enter those professions. Opened in 1968, and located in the heart of New York City, the Garden is the home to the New York Knicks of the NBA, New York Rangers of the NHL, and New York Liberty of the WNBA, in addition to countless concerts and shows held throughout the year.
The Knicks are the most high-profile tenants of Madison Square Garden, and the venue has played host to many memorable nights during the Knicks' more successful periods. Memories of the crowd erupting after Larry Johnson completed his four point play against the Indiana Pacers to send the Knicks to the NBA Finals and Willis Reed hobbling out of the tunnel and onto the court to help the Knicks clinch a championship are two of the many great basketball moments the Garden has seen under its roof.
In addition to professional basketball, Madison Square Garden has been the home to plenty of incredible college basketball moments, thanks in large part to its role as the host of the Big East Tournament. 'Cardiac' Kemba Walker's stepback jump shot to sink Pitt at the buzzer helped UConn find momentum before a national championship run in 2011. And Syracuse's six overtime win over UConn in 2009 remains one of the most incredible college basketball games of all-time.
Boxing fans have fond memories of Madison Square Garden as well, with big fights happening regularly at MSG, including Muhammad Ali's first loss in 1971, when Joe Frazier took him out to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
In addition to all of those unforgettable sports moments, music superstars such as Madonna and U2 have taken the stage at Madison Square Garden.
Where are the best places to sit at Madison Square Garden?
The closer you are to the action, the better your seats tend to be, so the 100s section is usually your best bet. But for fans who want to save a little bit of money, and sit farther from a contingent of celebrity fans that includes Spike Lee and the guy who played Turtle in Entourage, the 200s sections are still reasonably close to the court while also being more reasonably priced.
Madison Square Garden tips and tricks
When making travel plans to get to Madison Square Garden, taking a train to Penn Station is the ultimate move. With the station being located right next to the Garden, you can get dropped off at the Garden and get picked up for your ride home without having to walk a single block.
Once you're at the Garden, be sure to get into the building an hour before the start of your game, when gates open, as getting to the game early lets you watch your favorite players warm up.
When entering the venue, see if your seat is closer to 33rd Street or 31st Street, as those two blocks will have the entrances on their sides of the arena.
Madison Square Garden club areas
There are tons of club seating options at Madison Square Garden. Event Level, Lexus Level, and Signature Level Suites all offer space for large groups with enhanced dining options, the Madison Club offers food and non-alcoholic beverages with a private bar should the mood strike, while Premium Seating sections offer access to the Delta Sky360 Club.
Madison Square Garden Chase Bridge
Aside from the unique energy from the crowd at Madison Square Garden when the teams that call it home are playing well, the Chase Bridge offers a unique view of games at the Garden, with seating that hangs above other seats in the venue, that are as close to being above the action as you can be in sports.