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Opened: 1968
Capacity: 19,763 seats
Dance Team: Knicks City Dancers
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Madison Square Garden
rena Address
Four Pennsylvania Plaza
(7th Avenue between
W 31st St and W 33rd St)
New York, NY 10001
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NBA Basketball Arena Review - Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks on the Roundball RoadTripNew York is America’s first city. It’s the city that never sleeps, but basketball fans are worried about just one thing: making it to Madison Square Garden and seeing the New York Knicks take the court. The New York Knicks are one of the NBA’s oldest and most successful franchises, and Madison Square Garden is considered one of the best arenas in the world. Originally opened in 1968, this massive arena can accommodate over nineteen-thousand fans.

This is New York. Fans should forget about trying to drive to Madison Square Garden and park. It probably won’t happen, and if it does, it will be very expensive. Fortunately, Madison Square Garden is located right above Penn Station. Most fans choose to take advantage of New York’s extensive train and subway system to go see the New York Knicks.

Getting into and out of the Garden can be a chore. Nineteen thousand fans trying to get into a tight space can cause a logjam. It is best for fans to wait a bit and let the crowd wear themselves out before joining the line. The same holds true when the game is over. Everyone seems to rush the door. Waiting a little while and admiring the arena interior will save the visiting fan a lot of frustration.

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Hans Steiniger at Madison Square Garden to watch the New York KnicksOf course, the arena’s interior and the overall game-time experience are well worth any frustration getting into the Garden. The concourses are smaller than other more modern arenas, but there are plenty of them. It is easy for a large amount of people to get around the arena.

New York Knicks fans are no frills fans, but that does not mean they can’t enjoy some of the finer things in life. In addition to the famous dogs and pizza, visitors to the Garden can sample sushi, lobster rolls, and the world-famous Carnegie Deli’s Pastrami on Rye. At the 100 level concourse, fans who like to indulge in a few libations will find a variety of bars from which to choose.

Seating in the bowl is actually rather tight, but that is a plus rather than a minus. The tight seating tends to create a more intimate and electric atmosphere than other arenas. When the New York Knicks are playing well and in the tournament hunt, the fans truly create a wall of sound. An 8-sided Jumbotron ensures that every fan can get a good look at the action.

In most arena reviews, you will find a few highly recommended places to grab a bite to eat before and after the game, but this is Madison Square Garden in New York City. Times Square is just a few blocks away. The food options are endless. Quite literally any type of cuisine imaginable can be found within a few blocks of the Garden. All fans have to do is follow their noses and the gleam of the neon lights.  Your best bet if you are looking to find a bite to eat either before or after the game in the area surrounding MSG would be to look at some of the restaurants in the 8th Ave./23rd St. section of Chelsea. Here you will find a good number of restaurants that cater to every kind of taste imaginable. You might also want to visit the Hell's Kitchen area on 9th Ave. before going to a Knicks game, as this section of restaurants provides great variety at reasonable prices for those who are looking to eat at a location that is not too far away from the Garden.

After the game, fans empty out into the streets, and most will head to Times Square to continue the post game celebration into the night. Times Square has hundreds of nightspots for visiting fans to get a taste of New York City life. BB Kings Blues Bar & Grill is a great place to grab a post game supper and listen to up and coming blues stars. Mars 2112 is an experience that is out of this world. This quirky, space-theme bar is truly unique. The best way to find the after party is for a fan to ask those around him. New Yorkers love to talk about their city.

In New York, there is no shortage of attractions. There is of course the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Fans can climb to the top of the Empire State Building or visit the famous Chelsea Hotel. For art lovers, there is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To provide a guide to all of the attractions in America’s first city requires a book and a publishing house. The best advice that can be given to any fan is to just go and see all you possibly can.

The New York Knicks are a great team. New York is a great city. The Madison Square Garden is a magnificent old arena that is in no way outdated or past its prime. Every NBA fan should go at least once in his lifetime.

City of New York Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
Empire State Building, Broadway, Time Square, Washington Square Arch
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island
Ground Zero Memorial, Central Park
Little Italy / Chinatown
Top of the Rock - Rockerfeller Center
Yankee Stadium
Coney Island - Amusements
Circle Line 45St & West Side (boat tour 3 hours around Manhattan Island)

Popular Bar Districts:

Manhattan - 2nd Avenue 57 Street to 42nd Street (Sutton Place, Turtle Bay,
       Calico Jacks, McFadden's)

Greenwich Village - Bleeker St. (McSorley's Old Ale House-est. 1854,
       Down the Hatch, White Horse Tavern)
Brooklyn (Radegast Hall & Beer Garden, Spuyten Duyvil, Park Slope Ale
       House, Beer Table, The Gate)
SoHo - McDougal Street
Hoboken, NJ (Black Bear, Green Rock, Whiskey Bar, Texas Arizona)

Best Restaurants:
Manhattan's Restaurant Row (located at 46th Street between 8th and 9th)
Little Italy ( ... )

Babbo (fine Italian dining)
Gramercy Tavern (fine dining)
Bouley (fine French cuisine)
Union Square Cafe (new American cuisine)
Oyster Bar
Tao - 57 St & Madison Ave (Asian)
Harry's Burrito - 71 St & Columbus Ave (Mexican)
Vincent's Little Italy - Hester St & Mulberry St (Italian)
John's Italian Restuarant 12 St between 2nd and 1st Ave
Ferrara's - Grand Street & Mulberry Little Italy (Pastry)
Woo Hop & Hop Key - Chinatown Mott St & Pell St (Chinese)
Peter Lugers Steakhouse - Brooklyn NY
Local Foods:
New York Style Pizza
Nathans Hot Dogs - Coney Island

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Local Sports Media:
New York Post, New York Times, New York Daily News
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Where To Stay:
When you’re in New York, and you have the money to spend, plan to stay in Manhattan. All of you typical tourist trap areas are located there including the city's best nightlife.  Hotels in the city will cost you, but Madison Square Garden is located in midtown Manhattan, so it's very easy to get to.  Where else would you rather be, anyway?

Getting to the Arena:
Definitely plan on taking the subway to Madison Square Garden by getting off at Penn Station.  Driving anywhere in the city is simply not worth it once you factor in that you still have to find parking.  The New York subways are quick and convenient and they'll get you to the game on time.

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