|Madison Square Garden|
For millions of people, not only in New York but around the world, Madison Square Garden is more than an arena. It symbolizes the very best in sports and entertainment, earning the moniker: "The World's Most Famous Arena." The complex includes the 20,000-seat main Arena, The Theater which holds 5,600 seats, the 40,000-square-foot Expo Center, two restaurants and 89 club suites.
Nearly five million fans pass through the Garden's turnstiles every year, taking in familiar Garden staples such as the New York Knickerbockers, the New York Rangers, the New York Liberty, St. John's basketball, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, concerts, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, World Championship Boxing and much more.
Of the four Madison Square Garden buildings, the first opening its doors in 1874 on Madison Avenue and 26th Street, none have ever lacked for star power. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and other sports and entertainment luminaries such as Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Luciano Pavarotti, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersey, Mary Slaney, and Dorothy Hamill have all performed in the Garden. Knicks' stars Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Bill Bradley, Earl Monroe, Patrick Ewing, and Rangers' heroes Andy Bathgate, Eddie Giacomin, Rod Gilbert and Wayne Gretzky have all called the Garden home.
Known as "the Mecca of College Basketball," Madison Square Garden continues a 72-year tradition as it hosts the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Championship, the NIT Season Tip-off and Postseason NIT Championships, the Jimmy V Classic, the BIG EAST Championship, the Aeropostale Holiday Festival and regular-season St. John's games. The Garden will also host the Public School Athletic League High School Basketball Championships.
In a fan-friendly environment with a flair for the spectacular, Madison Square Garden is a part of the very fabric of New York City and is committed to continuing its legacy as the world's number one address for sports and entertainment.