Madison Square Garden
or simply put “The World’s Most Famous Arena” is located at 7th and 8th Avenues, between 31st and 33rd Streets, in New York City and is known as MSG or The Garden. It is the home of the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the St. Johns University Red Storm Mens basketball team and the New York Liberty of the WNBA.
Opened in 1968, the current Garden is the fourth building to have the been named Madison Square Garden, and it’s the longest active major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area. As of the start of the 2010–11 NHL and NBA seasons, Madison Square Garden is the oldest arena in the NHL, and the second oldest in the NBA – following Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The arena is also host to the Big East Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus when it comes to New York City (although the Izod Center and Nassau Coliseum also host the circus each year), the annual pre and postseason NIT tournaments, the NBA Draft, the Millrose Games track and field meet, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and has hosted both the Democratic or Republican National Conventions.
Most major concert tours will stop at the Garden because of the prestige of playing at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” Elton John holds the record for most appearances at the Garden with 62; in honor of this achievement, a banner with the number “62” has been raised to the roof in the rotunda. Billy Joel holds the record for most consecutive nights sold out at 12, and also has a banner raised in his honor.
Before the rise of Las Vegas as the “capital” of the boxing world, MSG was the ultimate venue for the largest fights in the world. In 1951, Rocky Marciano beat Joe Louis in what proved to be Louis’ last fight and two of the three Ali vs. Frazier fights took place in the Garden. The Garden has also been called the “Mecca” of Professional Wrestling; due to the many wrestling matches to take place there through the years, including the first Wrestlemania.
Location: 46 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10001
Opened: Former locations: 1879, 1890, 1925; Current location: February 11, 1968
Capacity: Basketball: 19,763; Ice hockey / Lacrosse: 18,200; Concerts: 20,000; Boxing / Wrestling: 20,789; The Theater at Madison Square Garden: 5,600
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MSG General Venue Information
Madison Square Garden is located on the corner of 32nd St. and 7th Ave.
Meter parking is available on 31st & 34th Streets.
There are numerous parking garages in the area. Be sure to check out the rates of each garage before parking!
Subway: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, 1, 2, 3 or 9 train to 34th St.
LIRR or NJ Transit:
Take to Penn Station which is located below Madison Square Garden.
Box Office Numbers
General Info: (212) 465-MSG1 (6741). Knicks Information: 1-877-NYK-DUNK. Rangers Fan Line: (212) 465-4459. Liberty Hotline:(212) 564-WNBA (9622). Season Subscriptions:(212) 465-6073.
Box Office Hours
Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 1 hour after event start
Saturday from 10:00am to 1 hour after event start
Sunday from 12:00pm to 1 hour after event start
*If an event starts prior to standard box office opening time, the box office will open at 9:00am, and stay open until 1 hour after the event start time.
Types of Payment Accepted
Cash American Express Visa MasterCard Diners Club
Pick-up tickets anytime the day of the show. Customers must present the actual credit card used to place the order and two forms of ID, including a photo ID.
Inquiries or requests concerning accessibility should be directed to the Accessible Services Department for Madison Square Garden at (212) 465-6034.
ARRIVE EARLY: Please arrive one-hour prior to showtime. All packages, including briefcases and pocketbooks, will be inspected prior to entry.
Packages, briefcases, knapsacks, cameras and video equipment will not be allowed in the arena. All patrons will continue to go through a screening process upon entry. As delays are expected, Madison Square Garden requests that for all events, ticket holders arrive as early as possible. To accomodate early arrivals, doors for all Knicks & Rangers games will open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. No Smoking Allowed Anywhere in the Arena No Recording Devices No Outside Food or Drink
For most events, all children who have reached their second birthday require a ticket to gain admittance to Madison Square Garden. Any child who has yet to reach their second birthday does not require a ticket, however, they may not occupy their own seat. Please note, that for certain children’s events (such as the Wiggles and Sesame Street Live!), all children who have reached their first birthday require a ticket. Please check the event profile for your specific event for more information prior to your purchase of tickets.
Beverages and food available in the facility, including a wide range of deli style sandwiches & desserts. Unique merchandise and gifts available at the team stores.
Alcohol served for most events.
Located throughout the facility.
Call (212) 465-6080 for more information.
# of persons to constitute a group is 20+.
In MSG Play By Play Sports Bar & Grill
The Club Grill
Additional information available from the NY Convention & Visitors Bureau at (212) 397-8222.