The home of the New York Rangers and New York Knicks.
The arena which hosted a circus, the Ice Capades. Countless amounts of boxing matches, most notibly the “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
The 12/12/12 Concert, the Concert for New York – the list goes on and on.
Madison Square Garden is going to be always at 34th and 7th in New York City.
But that’s for 10 more years.
After James Dolan, owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spent $1 billion of his own money to fund the renovations that have been going on for the past 3 off seasons, he now has to find land in which he can build a new state of the art arena, an arena that will bring its own lure and own magic. Something that this Garden has.
This is the Garden where the Rangers won it all in 1994. This magic is going to be hard to copy, to regain in a new building.
In an article published yesterday by the New York Times, it reported that after a 47-1 vote, the New York City Counsil gave the owners of Madison Square Garden another 10 years on its lease, and notifying them at the same time that it has ten years to move and find another home. Both Mayor Bloomberg and the owners of MSG were hoping for a 15 year term.
The reason for the move: to expand Penn Station, which sees roughly a half a million people a day travel in a small crowded and tight maze like structure. The goal is to open it up, allow travelers a little more ease of access around the establishment.
Yet, in 10 years things can change. UPDATE (9:55 AM): It really can, a Deadspin article posted around 9:15 this morning (EST), states that MSG can in fact, try and renew the lease when the 10 year lease ends.
Ideas can change – Madison Square Garden can get another lease on life in its current location. I don’t see this happening, nor do a lot of people. Another vote can happen, and it can change this current vote that we saw yesterday.
But in the end, Madison Square Garden, if it does move, thanks for the memories. I’m sure the Rangers will bring you another ten Stanley Cups before its told it has to move, right?
Comment on your favorite Garden memory, your thoughts on this whole issue, or non-issue. More will unfold as things come together. And we’ll discuss more.