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, check out the All-Access Tour ($30, seniors and students $26, group rates available), which stops in the arena bowl and takes visitors to exhibits featuring images and paraphernalia from iconic moments in sports and performance history.
|Venue name:||Madison Square Garden||Contact:|
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
|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 9:30am-3pm and depart every half hour; $30, seniors and students $26, group rates available|
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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.
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!