New York is the best city in the world, filled with the best of food, art, culture and entertainment. Knowing where to get a closer look of what the city has to offer including its history is hard, but did you know that you can take a behind the scenes tour of one of the most famous arenas in the world? MSG provides an all access tour in one of the most expensive stadium venues ever built, as you learn about its 139 year history.
The current stadium located in Midtown Manhattan is the fourth venue to be named Madison Square garden. The first arena opened its doors on Madison Avenue in 1879. Unfortunately, the Garden was roofless. Summers were hot and winters were cold, and although architecturally beautiful, a second garden followed on the same site in 1890. It featured music concerts, dog shows, beauty contests and boxing, which was technically illegal at the time, simply called “exhibitions”.
In 1925, Madison Square Garden III opened its doors on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. MSG III’s most memorable cultural and sporting events occurred here, many becoming major moments in history. They commemorate historic events that occurred at the Garden including Wayne Gretsky’s retirement, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali’s first fight and Marilyn Monroe serenading John F. Kennedy with her scandalously sultry Happy Birthday to You.
Lastly, the currently standing Madison Square Garden IV opened in 1968. Although renovated, the new Garden kept some of its iconic characteristics, like the now famous round, cable-stayed great arena roof and a section of its original “blue seats”. The Garden is now used for, basketball, hockey, boxing, concerts, ice shows, circuses and other forms of sports and entertainment. They are home to the New York rangers, the New York Knicks, and residency to singer-songwriter Billy Joel. MSG continues to bring crowds in from all over the world and have as many as 320 events per year.
If you’ve stepped foot in the big apple, are a sports fanatic, or fancy a specific musician, you’ve probably heard of Madison Square Garden. On the all access tour you’ll see exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. You’ll view the arena like never before and get the inside scoop on all your favorite players when you explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms. At a convenient location in Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it’s easy to get to, and near many Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Herald Square, and Rockefeller Center.