Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG and known colloquially as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. It is also the name of the entity which owns the arena and several of the professional sports franchises which play there. There have been four incarnations of the arena. The first two were located at the northeast corner of Madison Square (Madison Avenue and 26th Street) from which the arena derived its name. Subsequently a new 17,000-seat Garden (opened December 15, 1925) was built at 50th Street and 8th Avenue, and the current Garden (opened February 14, 1968) is at 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, situated on top of Pennsylvania Station. One Penn Plaza stands at the side.
The arena lends its name to the Madison Square Garden Network, and sister channel MSG Plus, two cable television networks that broadcast most sporting events that are held in the Garden, as well as concerts and entertainment events that have taken place at the venue. In 2007 the Arena came second as ‘World’s Busiest Arena’ after the M.E.N. in Manchester, England, United Kingdom.
Madison Square Garden also refers to itself in its advertising campaigns as “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” and “The Mecca of College Basketball”
Location : 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue & 32nd Street), Manhattan, New York City, NY 10001 Opened Former locations: 1879, 1890, 1925
Owner: Cablevision (through Madison Square Garden, L.P.) Operator Cablevision
Capacity Basketball: 19,763