Madison Square Garden, or MSG as it’s usually referred to by locals and sports industry people alike, is located in midtown Manhattan and is home to the New York Rangers as well as the New York Knicks of the NBA. The current Garden sits between 7th and 8th Avenues and 31st and 33rd Streets and is the fourth venue to bear the name.
The Rangers were one of the original six teams of the National Hockey League (NHL) and were formed in 1926. They have played at Madison Square Garden from the beginning, initially when the venue was located at 48th Street. The team has won four Stanley Cups, one in only the second year of the league, the 1927-28 season and the latest in 1993-94. Over three off-seasons for the Rangers and Knicks, The Garden underwent a $1 Billion makeover from 2010 to 2013. The improvements included a lot of fan-focused additions, like a larger entrance, more retail outlets, larger concourses, new lighting and LED video systems with HDTV, new seating, two new pedestrian walkways suspended from the ceiling to allow fans to look directly down onto the games being played below, and more dining options.
- 1 How many seats are in Madison Square Garden?
- 2 Directions – How to get to MSG
- 3 Where to Park Near Madison Square Garden?
- 4 Other Madison Square Garden FAQs
How many seats are in Madison Square Garden?
As a multi-function venue, Madison Square Garden has several seating configurations. For hockey, the arena seats just over 18,000 fans, with slightly more for basketball, wrestling, boxing, and concerts. After the latest updates, there are lower level seats, upper level seats, balcony seating, Chase Bridge seating, lounge seating and suites.
Directions – How to get to MSG
Madison Square Garden can be reached by spectators by several means of transportation, making it a very easy venue to get to for both resident New Yorkers and visitors to the city. MSG sits atop Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station for short), which has stops for Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit trains, as well as several New York City Subway lines. Cabs and buses can also be taken to points on all of the streets surrounding the Garden. When driving in from outside of Manhattan, the Midtown Tunnel on the east side and the Lincoln Tunnel on the west side are the closest entry points.
Where to Park Near Madison Square Garden?
Although there is no official parking for fans arriving at MSG, there are many privately operated lots on all sides of the arena. Depending on which way you are driving from, a good idea is to park a few blocks away and walk to The Garden which will make it easier when you depart.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks, it’s always worth taking a spin around the blocks just south or north of MSG to see if you can snag a free spot on the street. Be sure to obey all posted parking regulations if you go this route. Another option to save on parking is to check to see if there are any deals being offered by the ticket sales company. Last but certainly not least, there are a few mobile apps that will help you find the cheapest parking available for when you will need a spot.
Other Madison Square Garden FAQs
What are the Madison Square Garden COVID Rules?
As of 9/24/2021, according to the MSG website, the current rules regarding COVID are as follows:
All Guests Age 12 And Older
Guests age 12 and older are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
○This means you’ve had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending
Guests may also show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
○This means the day of your event is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose, which, depending on the type of vaccine, may be one dose or two
Fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask. Everyone else will be required to wear a mask while in The Garden, except while actively eating or drinking.
How much is a New York Rangers ticket?
With a $261 average asking price, Rangers tickets are ranked No. 4 in terms of price across the NHL.
What hockey teams play at Madison Square Garden?
The New York Rangers are one of two primary residents of MSG along with the New York Knicks of the NBA. Until 2017 the New York Liberty of the WNBA also played their home games at the arena.
In addition to rules for people over 12, Children under age 12 can attend events with a vaccinated adult. Ages 2 to 11 will need to wear a mask while inside the venue, except while actively eating or drinking.