- Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 19,000
- Opened: 11 February 1968
- Main use: Basketball, ice hockey
- Tenants: New York Knicks (basketball), New York Rangers (ice hockey), St. John’s Red Storm (basketball)
Extra stadium info – Madison Square Garden
The Madison Square Garden is nicknamed The World’s Most Famous Arena. It is known as a venue for several events, like basketball, boxing, box lacrosse, concerts, ice hockey, indoor American football, indoor football, stand-up comedy, tennis and wrestling. The construction of the arena started in 1964 and its construction costs were $123 million. In 2011, its renovation costs were $200 million. The venue is located close to the Empire State Building, which stood as the world’s tallest building for several decades.
The NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers both moved to the Madison Square Garden in 1968. The St. John’s Red Storm basketball team also use the arena for home games. Several former sports clubs played home games at the Madison Square Garden. The New York Liberty, one of the first women’s basketball clubs with 100,000 followers on its main social media page, also used the arena for home games.
The New York Knicks and the NBA
The New York Knicks basketball club was founded in 1946. The club is among the most popular basketball clubs in the world and they won the National Basketball Association championship in 1970 for the first time in their history. They won the title after beating the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks won their second NBA championship title in 1973, again after beating the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship numerous times. The Boston Celtics and the Lakers became the first clubs with 10 NBA championship titles.
The New York Rangers and the NHL
The New York Rangers ice hockey club was founded in 1926. In 1928, the National Hockey League club won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history. They won the title after beating Montreal Professional Hockey Club, commonly known as the Montreal Maroons. The former ice hockey club from Montreal played their final National Hockey League game in 1938. Wayne Gretzky, who is regarded as one of the best ice hockey players ever, played for the New York Rangers. The Canadian ice hockey star played 20 league seasons in the National Hockey League. He ended his professional ice hockey career with the New York Rangers. Gretzky also played NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers from Canada, the Los Angeles Kings from California and the St. Louis Blues from Missouri.