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. Today, the Transformation of the Madison Square Garden Arena into a state-of-the-art venue that will enhance the experience of customers, entertainers, athletes, fans, suite holders and partners is one of the most significant initiatives in the Company's history. Learn more about the Transformation. Named "Venue of the Decade" by Billboard for achieving the highest box office scores of venues worldwide in its class, 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, 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. Four very important benefit concerts have also marked the history of Madison Square Garden including George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, arguably the first major benefit live concert event of its kind; "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina; "The Concert For New York City" to celebrate the strength, resilience and pride of New York City and America in the wake of the September 11 tragedy; and most recently, “12-12-12” to help aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, which was the largest concert event to ever hit the stage at Madison Square Garden.
Madison Square Garden was named the recipient of Pollstar’s prestigious “Arena of the Year” award for 2012, the eleventh consecutive year of earning this esteemed achievement. Despite being closed from June through October this past year, due to the second phase of the Transformation, the Garden was honored once again, making this a record setting achievement for the past 18 of the last 20 years. MSG competed against arenas across the country for this honor including LA’s Staples Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Madison Square Garden is located between 31st and 33rd Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues on Manhattan's West Side featuring the iconic Madison Square Garden Arena, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, event and exposition spaces and restaurants.