Madison Square Garden

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Madison Square Garden
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Big, beloved and not-so-beautiful MSG is perhaps the most famous sports arena in the world. Perched above Penn Station since 1968, the 20,000 seat venue is not only home to New York basketball and ice hockey teams the Knicks and the Rangers, but also is a favorite spot for college basketball tournaments (The Big East), professional boxing, MMA fighting and, as a destination for WWE. Non-sports fans, however, mainly know the Garden as the best spot in town to catch touring international sensations like Adele, Beyonce and Aziz Ansari and countless other amazing concerts.. To learn about the history of the arena, which existed in several other iterations at other locations for the past 130 years, and for a look at where the athletes get dressed, check out the all-access tour ($26.95, seniors and students $19.95, or with show ticket an additional $16, group rates available), which has stops in the locker rooms, the arena bowl and through exhibits featuring images and paraphernalia from iconic moments in sports and performance history.

Venue name: Madison Square Garden
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Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York
10001
Cross street: between 31st and 33rd Sts and Seventh and Eighth Aves
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St–Penn Station
Price: Tours daily 10:30am-3pm; $26.95, seniors and students $19.95, or with show ticket an additional $16, group rates available
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Adam V
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This is the iconic New York stadium. Centrally located in midtown, easily accessible by public transport (Penn Station), hosts the biggest and best in the world. Numerous stadiums and arenas in a giant mega-complex, hosts sports (New York Knicks), concerts, conventions, and everything else imaginable. There has been some effort in recent years to clean it up a bit, and maintain it a bit better, but overall it does sometimes feel like a compromise - location for quality. The prices, however, reflect the location, and are pretty high, basically regardless of what you get - and towards that end, the quality, for the most part (but with some exception) is generally a bit lower than you would expect for an iconic stadium complex in the heart of the city. That being said, going to MSG is a must, there is always a giant headliner, and the entire city is at your fingertips.

Maria M
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After its recent renovation, Madison Square Garden is not only a famous but a beautiful arena, though the prices for everything aren't so pretty. I've been here for both concerts and sports games, and no matter what event you're there for, it is just epic to be at the arena itself. If you can, get to a NY Rangers game or a NY Knicks game if you can. They also have big concerts like Z100's Jingle Ball and Billy Joel, as well as other major sporting events such as the Big East basketball tournament. You can sit cheaply at the tippy top of the stadium, or pay a hefty amount to sit closer to the action. Either way, you'll enjoy being there! Plus it's right above Penn Station if you're coming from or going to Long Island.

TIM P

The world's most famous arena.  It has its faults, but I can't in good conscience give MSG anything but 5 stars.  The list of epic events, games, concerts, etc would be 100s of pages long.  My personal favorite is the Big East tournament.  Though not what it used to be before the traitors all left the conference, but is still an amazing event in a historic venue. 

Brian M

Well, its Madison Square Garden, so that should be enough.  Iconic globally recognized venue know for hosting a multitude of entertainment.  Personally, I have seen concerts, ice hockey, basketball, boxing, Prince (he gets his own mention), and a Metallica listening party.  The recent rehab of the venue has made it even better with a sky bridge and more food and beverage selections.  Located above Penn Station, MSG has been the pinnacle for many a band to play at.  Recently saw Phish there and the sound and lighting were incredible.  Expect high prices (read: stadium pricing) for all purchases.  If you get the opportunity to get inside a luxury box, enjoy the luxury.  Its well worth it! 

Lindsey W
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I used to work here to help promote the “New and Improved Garden” and I will say it is much better. The nosebleed seats are much better than they used to be but the bridge seating (I can’t remember if that’s what their called) are not very good and I can’t get over how they try to charge so much for them. Granted you can order food from your phone in that area but really it’s not worth it. The food is pretty good (there’s a magnolia now) but it’s still overpriced. Honestly I’d rather go to Barclay’s.