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Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

From thrilling sports matches with the New York Knicks and the Rangers, to concerts by the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson, Madison Square Garden isn’t just a venue; it’s an experience wrapped in layers of history and excitement.

The Madison Square Garden in a nutshell…

Madison Square Garden isn’t just a venue; it’s a vibrant part of New York City’s cultural landscape, offering a dynamic array of events and experiences that are best enjoyed firsthand.

Location: Situated atop Pennsylvania Station between West 31st and West 33rd Streets on 7th Avenue.

Transportation: Easily accessible via subway (Penn Station), buses, and the Long Island Rail Road. Driving is possible with nearby parking options.

Tickets: Available for purchase online with options for sporting events, concerts, and tours.

Visiting Hours: Check the official MSG website for event schedules and tour times.

Imagine stepping into a venue where every corner echoes with echoes of applause and cheers—welcome to Madison Square Garden, New York’s premier event hall and one of the most famous arenas in the world. With a seating capacity of up to twenty thousand, this venue hosts an array of events, ranging from high-energy basketball games to star-studded concerts. Not only is it home to the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, but it also features a cinema, a theater, a fine dining restaurant, and a comprehensive conference center.

Madison Square Garden has been a cultural hub since its doors opened. Hosting concerts by global superstars such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and more recently, Queen, the venue has been pivotal in shaping the cultural landscape of not only New York but the world. Its significance isn’t limited to entertainment; it has also played a crucial role in American politics, hosting the 2004 Republican Convention led by George W. Bush.

The current Madison Square Garden, situated atop Pennsylvania Station, is actually the fourth venue to bear the name. The original, built in 1879 at Madison Square, was used mainly as a circus tent before it made way for newer structures that continued to host some of the most significant events in entertainment and sports. Today’s Garden, built in 1969, stands as a modern icon of entertainment, seamlessly blending historical significance with contemporary allure.

Practical Information

Planning your visit to Madison Square Garden is easy, and knowing a few key details can help you make the most of your experience. Whether you’re coming for a game, a concert, or a tour, here’s everything you need to know to ensure a smooth visit.


Madison Square Garden is conveniently located atop Pennsylvania Station, nestled between West 31st and West 33rd Streets on 7th Avenue.

The official address is 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY.

How to Get There

Thanks to its prime location in the heart of Manhattan, Madison Square Garden is easily accessible via various transportation methods. Whether you opt for the convenience of public transit or prefer to stroll through the vibrant city streets, reaching The Garden is straightforward and enhances the excitement of your visit.


The easiest way to reach The Garden is by subway. Penn Station, located directly below MSG, serves the 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E lines, placing you just steps from the venue’s entrance.

Alternatively, the B, D, F, M, N, Q, and R lines stop at 34th Street/Herald Square, just a block away from the excitement.


Multiple MTA buses, including the M4, M10, M16, M34, and Q32, stop near 7th Avenue/Penn Station, making the bus a convenient option for reaching Madison Square Garden.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

For those coming from Long Island, the LIRR brings you right to Penn Station under Madison Square Garden. Ensure a hassle-free trip by purchasing your tickets in advance and checking train schedules on the MTA website.

Hop-on Hop-off Buses

Explore New York’s key attractions with ease using hop-on hop-off buses. They offer a flexible way to navigate between major sites, including Madison Square Garden, making them an excellent option for first-time visitors.

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While driving in New York City isn’t generally recommended due to traffic and high parking fees, if you choose to drive, numerous garages and valet services are available near Madison Square Garden. You can book a parking spot in advance, often starting at $30.

Madison Square Garden Tour Experience

Ever wondered what lies behind the scenes of such a colossal event complex? The Madison Square Garden All Access Tour invites you to explore backstage areas that are usually off-limits to the public, including the dressing rooms of the Knicks and Rangers.

Discover the rich history and witness the spots where iconic moments have occurred over the past 130 years. Prebooking your tour online guarantees access on your preferred day, offering a unique glimpse into the heart of The Garden.

Enjoying Madison Square Garden with Discount Passes

Enhance your New York City experience with discount passes that include a tour of Madison Square Garden. These passes not only save you money but also offer a seamless way to enjoy the city’s top attractions.

The New York Sightseeing Pass

Choose the New York Sightseeing Day Pass for an all-encompassing New York adventure. This pass grants you access to nearly every major attraction over a select number of days, optimizing both your time and budget.

GoCity Explorer Pass

The Go New York Explorer Pass offers flexibility and value, allowing you to pick from over 90 top attractions. Tailor your visit to your interests and take control of your travel itinerary.

The New York Pass

For the culturally inclined, the New York Pass opens doors to over 100 attractions, from museums to bike rentals. Dive into New York’s vibrant culture and explore at your own pace.

Events and Concerts at Madison Square Garden

Experience the magic of Madison Square Garden firsthand by attending one of the many concerts or sports events held here throughout the year. There’s no better way to soak in the electrifying atmosphere of this legendary venue. Purchase your tickets online today and be part of the continuing legacy of The Garden.

Seating at Madison Square Garden

Choosing the perfect seat at Madison Square Garden can greatly enhance your experience, whether you’re here for a game or a concert. For sports events, sections 4, 5, 6, and 10 offer superb views directly opposite the player benches—ideal for those who want to be close to the action.

If you’re looking for a balance between cost and a good view, sections 106-108 are a great choice. For budget-friendly options with a good view of the scoreboard, consider the first row in the upper deck.

Concert-goers will find that floor-level seats provide the most immersive experience. Sections 1, 2, 3, and the surrounding levels up to sections 101-103 are excellent for a direct view of the stage. For those seeking value without sacrificing view, check out sections 107 and 117. The most economical seats, offering good views without breaking the bank, are located in sections 304-307. The SkyBridge also offers a unique, unobstructed view from a distance, at a more affordable price point.

For the best deals on sports and concerts, consider purchasing your tickets through Undercover Tourist. They’ve been a reliable ticket source for over two decades and offer a 100% buyer guarantee.

Tips to Visit Madison Square Garden

Visiting Madison Square Garden is a highlight of any trip to New York. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your visit:

  • Experience the Energy: There’s nothing like watching a game or concert with the passionate crowd of New Yorkers. Don’t miss the chance to join in the excitement!
  • Bag Policy: Remember, there’s no storage for personal belongings and bags must fit under your seat. To avoid delays, travel light and consider the expedited line for those without bags.
  • Interesting Fact: Did you know? During hockey season, the ice is actually beneath the basketball court. You could potentially catch a basketball game during the day and a hockey game in the evening!
  • Venue Rental: MSG isn’t just for sports and concerts; you can rent space for private events ranging from cocktail parties to private movie screenings.
  • Dining at MSG: With options like Carnegie Deli and Avenue Cantina, and facilities for gluten-free, vegan, and kosher needs, the food at MSG caters to all preferences. All transactions are cashless for added convenience.
  • Outside Food: Note that outside food and beverages are not allowed, but you can bring empty soft-plastic bottles and use the water fountains inside.


Madison Square Garden is committed to accessibility for all guests.

Accessible entrances can be found at 8 Penn Plaza on 33rd Street and 8th Avenue, or at Chase Square on 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Accessible restrooms are conveniently located throughout the venue.

For assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact an usher or a guest experience representative.

Frequently Asked Questions

For basketball games, sections 4, 5, 6, and 10 offer the best views as they are almost on the court, opposite the player benches.

For concerts, floor-level seats provide the most immersive experience, while sections 1, 2, 3, and 101-103 offer a great direct view of the stage.

For economical choices, check out the first row in the upper deck for sports, or sections 304-307 for concerts. The SkyBridge also offers a unique, distant view at a lower price point.

Tickets can be securely purchased online through Northleg

Bags must fit under your seat, and there is no storage available at the venue. For a faster entry, it is recommended to bring only essential items.

Yes, MSG can be rented for private events such as cocktail parties or movie screenings. Details and booking can be found on the venue rental page.

MSG offers a variety of dining options including Carnegie Deli, Avenue Cantina, and special diet-friendly choices like Gluten Free at The Garden. Transactions are cashless for convenience.

Outside food and beverages are not permitted, except for clear, soft-plastic empty bottles. MSG has water fountains available for guest use.

Accessible entrances are located at 8 Penn and Chase Square, with accessible restrooms throughout the venue. Guest assistance is readily available.

The All Access Tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look at MSG, including visits to exclusive VIP areas, the locker rooms of the Knicks and Rangers, and parts of the arena typically closed to the public.

The tour typically lasts about 75 minutes and includes various stops within the venue, offering a comprehensive insight into its history and operations.

Yes, photography is allowed during the tour, but video recording may be restricted in certain areas to protect the privacy of teams and artists.

It’s highly recommended to book your tour in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to ensure availability on your preferred day.

Discounts may be available for groups, seniors, and children. Check the MSG website or contact their box office for current offers.

Where to Stay Near Madison Square Garden

Staying near Madison Square Garden is highly recommended due to its central location in Manhattan. Hotels in this area offer the convenience of proximity to both the venue and Penn Station, making it easy to explore other parts of the city. The area is vibrant, with plenty of dining and entertainment options, ensuring that your stay is as exciting outside the event as it is inside.

If staying directly near MSG doesn’t appeal to you, consider the nearby neighborhoods such as Chelsea or the Lower East Side. These areas offer a more residential vibe but are still within easy reach of Madison Square Garden and other major attractions.

Other Nearby Attractions

Madison Square Garden’s location in the heart of Manhattan means it is surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic attractions. This makes it an ideal starting point for visitors looking to explore the vibrant culture and history of New York City.

The High Line

A beautifully restored elevated rail line turned into a public park, offering stunning views of Manhattan’s urban landscape. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a refreshing break from the bustling city.

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Empire State Building

An iconic symbol of New York City, this skyscraper offers panoramic views from its famous 86th and 102nd-floor observatories. A must-visit for breathtaking cityscapes.

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Macy's Herald Square

The flagship of Macy’s department stores, known for its historical architecture and the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. A paradise for shoppers.

Penn Station

Just below Madison Square Garden, this is the main intercity railroad station in NYC, a crucial hub for travelers and a fascinating structure in its own right.

Times Square

The pulsing heart of the city, famous for its bright lights, Broadway shows, and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. An essential experience for any NYC visitor.

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Bryant Park

A beloved green oasis amid Midtown’s skyscrapers, known for its seasonal gardens, free activities, and outdoor café. A peaceful retreat in the city center.

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New York Public Library

Home to stunning architecture and a vast collection of books, the main branch is an architectural marvel with free tours available, making it a culturally enriching experience.

Chelsea Market

A food hall, shopping mall, and office building all in one, this market offers an eclectic mix of food and boutique shopping that reflects NYC’s diverse cultures.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Practical Information
  3. Madison Square Garden Tour Experience
  4. Enjoying Madison Square Garden with Discount Passes
  5. Events and Concerts at Madison Square Garden
  6. Seating at Madison Square Garden
  7. Tips to Visit Madison Square Garden
  8. Accessibility
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Where to Stay Near Madison Square Garden
  11. Other Nearby Attractions