Since it first opened its doors in 1879, Madison Square Garden has embraced generations who have come to express their pride and passion for teams, athletes and performers. Named “Coolest Arena” in the United States by Rolling Stone and "Venue of the Decade" by Billboard, Madison Square Garden is the home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty and has served as the backdrop for the biggest names and events in entertainment history.
Top music acts that have played The Garden include Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Mariah Carey, Prince, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and U2 as well as the most prominent awards shows in the world including The Grammys, the Latin Grammys, VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards, The ESPYs and The Daytime Emmys. Madison Square Garden also serves as a powerful platform to respond to crisis. Four prominent benefit concerts that have played a part of Madison Square Garden’s history include: George Harrison's 1971“The Concert for Bangladesh,” arguably the first major benefit concert of its kind; "The Concert For New York City,” which celebrated the strength, resilience and pride of New York City and America in the wake of September 11; "From The Big Apple to The Big Easy" which took place in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina; and most recently, “12-12-12,” which aided the victims of Superstorm Sandy throughout the tri-state area.
In October 2013, Madison Square Garden celebrated one of the most important moments in its acclaimed history with the completion of its three-year, top-to-bottom Transformation, which significantly enhances the experience of everyone who walks through the Garden’s doors. Highlights of this unprecedented project include a breathtaking Chase Square entrance; new Arena seating with improved sightlines; expanded concourses with city views and food offerings from some of the world’s best chefs; two spectacular Chase Bridges with one-of-a-kind views; exclusive new clubs and suites; a state-of-the-art GardenVision center-hung multi-media display; and unique exhibits throughout the building that celebrate the Garden’s storied history, as well as the restoration of the Garden’s iconic ceiling.
The World’s Most Famous Arena is now the world’s most state-of-the-art, ensuring that The Garden will continue to be the site of historic, unforgettable moments for generations to come.