Madison Square Garden is an indoor arena in New York City’s Manhattan. It is one of the most well-known arenas in the country and is the third busiest in the world in terms of ticket sales behind two venues in the United Kingdom. It is located on Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd Street and is adjacent to both the skyscraper One Penn Plaza, and Pennsylvania Station.
Madison Square Garden or the Garden as it is known to New Yorkers first opened to the public on February 11, 1968and is the oldest running sports facility in the New York metropolitan area. It is truly a multi-purpose arena, hosting several different events throughout the year; from professional sports games, the Barnum and Bailey Circus, to New York City’s hottest and biggest musical concerts. There are approximately 320 events held at Madison Square Garden every year.
If you’re visiting New York City during the National Basketball Association season which runs from October to May and are a basketball fan, then you should go to cheer on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The WNBA’s New York Liberty team also calls the Garden home. In addition, the Big East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at the Garden every year.
If hockey is more your style and you happen to be in New York City sometime between October and April, then the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers are a great team to watch and are always delivering exciting games. Madison Square Garden has also hosted many NHL and NBA all-star games and also numerous NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final games throughout its history.
Madison Square also has a long history with professional boxing and some of the most well-known boxing matches in modern times were held here such as the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali or the Roberto Durán-Ken Buchanan matches. Fans of World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE, formerly WWF can also come to Madison Square Garden to cheer on their favorite wrestlers. The arena has hosted prominent wrestling events such as Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and the Royal Rumble. In professional football, the Garden was the site of the NFL draft for many years, before moving on to Radio City Music Hall.