Madison Square Garden, "The World's Most Famous Arena," opened in 1968 and is the home for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. MSG is the second-oldest arena in the NBA and the oldest in the NHL. Madison Square Garden is the most recognizable arena in the world in arguably the world's most famous city.
Outside of regularly hosting NBA and NHL games, Madison Square Garden hosts over 320 events a year. These range from NCAA regular season and postseason basketball tournaments to the biggest concerts and shows in the country. While some shows at MSG do sell out, like tickets for the the Billy Joel residency and some of the biggest concerts, for many of the events, there are unsold face value tickets directly from the venue. On Ticketmaster's map for the venue, those are blue dots and the below is a representative sample for an upcoming J Balvin concert.
Below is a seating chart for a Sold Out Post Malone show on TicketIQ, which shows the prices for a higher-demand concert at MSG from floor tickets up to the cheapest seats located in the 200-Level. TicketIQ offers consumers looking to attend shows at MSG its Low Price Guarantee, as well as $20 off their first purchase they download the TicketIQ app.
The New York Knicks moved into the current version of MSG in 1968 as they had previously played in the third version of Madison Square Garden. The Garden is the premiere basketball arena in the world, which is why year after year, tickets on the secondary market have remained high throughout the years. After years of losing seasons, the Knicks finally broke a six-year playoff drought in the 2010-11 season. They made the playoffs the two following seasons as well, but are now on another six-year drought. However, with the number 3 pick in the 2019 NBA draft and a huge free agent class, they're looking to rebound in the 2019-20 season and make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Primary market tickets for the Knicks can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
The New York Rangers are one of the Original Six franchises in the NHL and they were the first United States team to win the Stanley Cup (1924) and they've won it a total of four times. The Rangers have qualified for the playoffs in twelve of the last fifteen seasons, going back to the 2004-05 strike. In that stretch the Rangers made it to the conference finals three times and Stanley Cup Finals once in the 2013-14 season. That year, they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Primary market tickets for the Rangers can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
The Garden recently went through a billion dollar renovation that added many concessions and restaurants to the arena. New York Eater.com suggests the following: Club Bar & Grill, which serves burgers, fries and beer on Level 3; Sausage Boss on Level 6 (Sections 107, 112 and 116); Hill Country, a BBQ joint, on Level 6 (Section 107); Carnegie Deli, which serves delicious pastrami sandwiches on Level 6 (Section 105) & Level 8 (Section 345WC). There are many choices to eat and since you're in New York City, there are plenty of places to eat and shop outside of the arena.
Madison Square Garden has many accessible sections for disabled services. With the structure of The Garden, there are different ways to access those sections, with information for which available on MSG’s official website or by calling the Disabled Services Department at (212) 465-6034.
As mentioned earlier, there are many other events at the Garden than just basketball and hockey. Over 320 events take place each year at MSG and many of which are musical acts. Besides being a great sports venue, it is just as fantastic as a concert venue. If you're in New York City, spending your night at an event at the "World's Most Famous Arena" is well worth the wait and price.