About Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
Without question, Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous venues in the world. Located in midtown Manhattan, the Garden is the current home of the New York Rangers of the NHL and New York Knicks of the NBA, not to mention St. John’s basketball and countless other sporting events, concerts, and large events. The current Madison Square Garden is actually the fourth building to hold the name. Opened in 1968, it’s the oldest venue in both the NHL and the NBA.
Best Places to Sit at Madison Square Garden
For Madison Square Garden concerts, floor seats will always get you closest to the stage and the performer. However, sections 106-109 are also close to the stage, albeit from a side angle. If you prefer to be looking straight ahead at the stage, sections 1, 2, 3, and 101 will be your best option.
At Madison Square Garden sporting events, courtside seats for an NBA game are the ultimate experience. If that’s not an option, sections 106-108 and 116 will give you the best view of the court or ice while also giving you club privileges like in-seat wait service. Of course, just being in a historic venue like the Garden is a treat, so it’s tough to classify any seat as a bad seat.
Tips for Visiting Madison Square Garden
If you want to truly appreciate all of the history Madison Square Garden holds, take time to check out the photo exhibit on the Madison Level Concourse called Garden 366. This exhibit takes you through an iconic moment in MSG history for every day of the year, including February 29, and covers everything you need to know about MSG history in sports, entertainment, and beyond that has taken place within those walls.
Food to Try at Madison Square Garden
New York may have some of the best restaurants in the world, but the food options at Madison Square Garden events aren’t bad either. Following the most recent renovation in 2013, the famous Carnegie Deli has a stand inside the Garden where you can get sandwiches that are as delicious as they are big. You’ll also find a tasty brisket sandwich at Hill Country and a burger that’s up to Manhattan’s high standards at Daily Burger.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Madison Square Garden located?
Located near several Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Koreatown, and Macy's, Madison Square Garden sits in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets.
What kind of events does Madison Square Garden host?
The Garden is mainly used for professional ice hockey and basketball. Other Madison Square Garden events include boxing, concerts, ice shows, circuses, professional wrestling, and many more.
Which team is playing at Madison Square Garden?
The arena is home to both the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks.
Where can I park for free at Madison Square Garden?
As “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden events attract tourists and locals alike – read: parking is tough. There's no official on-site parking, but there are numerous public parking lots within walking distance of the arena. Prices are reasonable for NYC and tend to start at $20. Generally speaking, the further away from the arena that you park, the less that you'll pay.
There is also street parking available on most cross streets by MSG, but if you’re hoping to catch one of these at a big event, make sure you get there extra early!
What is the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden?
MSG can accommodate up to 19,812 fans.
Who owns Madison Square Garden?
The arena is owned by the Madison Square Garden Company.
How do I get to Madison Square Garden using public transport?
No matter which part of the city you’re coming from, there are dozens of trains and buses you can take to reach MSG. Train lines #1, #2, #3, A, C, E, D, F, N , Q, and R, all serve Penn station and will drop you off right under the arena. Same goes for bus lines M20, M34 M34A, and Q32.