- More likely than not, when someone mentions Madison Square Garden, they are referring to the current building at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, but most people don’t realize that the current building is actually the fourth iteration to don the name.The first iteration of Madison Square Garden was replaced by a new arena in the same location in 1890. A third Madison Square Garden was built in 1925, and was the first to be set at a different location. It held over 18,000 people and was built by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who used the building frequently for fights.The building was demolished in 1968-1969, when the current Madison Square Garden was opened.
- Ice is Hidden Below the Floors for Quick Changes to Hockey Games.
The Knicks’ and Rangers’ locker rooms are round for a reason: Hall-of-famer and former Rangers captain Mark Messier suggested it would facilitate team unity back in the 1990s. The shape makes it easy for every player to look into the eyes of their teammates.
- Madison Square Garden has hosted some of the biggest benefit concerts in history, including “The Concert for Bangladesh,” which was the first benefit concert of its kind, “The Concert for New York City” following the events of 9/11 and “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: New York City’s Concert for the Gulf Coast” following Hurricane Katrina. But the largest event of all was “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” which raised $50 million for the cause.
Madison Square Garden Was the Only Venue to Host Each Member of The Beatles Individually.
Penn Station Was Reconfigured to Build Madison Square Garden.
Madison Square Garden is Home to John Lennon’s Final Concert Appearance.
Madison Square Garden is Home to “The Fight of the Century”. Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali fought on March 8, 1971 in what is widely regarding by boxing writers and historians as “The Fight of the Century” at the current Madison Square Garden.
- The iconic MSG ceiling is the only arena ceiling in the world that is concave, rather than convex. It features sound absorptive acoustic insulation, allowing for the sound quality that makes it a concert mecca. The 48 bridge-like steel cables that run between the ceiling panels connect in the center in a tension ring in order to eliminate the need for any visible support beams, which gives fans an unobstructed view from every single seat in the arena– yes, even the nosebleeds.
- Michael Jordan’s First Professional Game was at Madison Square Garden.
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