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Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Mahalo travel expert Asha K. tells you all about New York City's Madison Square Garden concert venue and sports arena. The History --------------------------------------------------------------------- Madison Square Garden, better known as "The Garden," is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose indoor sports arena and concert venue located in Manhattan, New York City. It was named for the junction where the first two incarnations of the venue stood, the first at Madison Square on Madison Avenue at 26th Street, and the second at the former passenger depot on Madison Avenue. "Garden" came from "Gilmore's Garden," after the famous American bandleader in the 1870s, Patrick S. Gilmore.?"Madison Square Garden" was officially named by William Henry Vanderbilt in 1879. The second incarnation of the venue was still located at 26th and Madison, but was designed by Stanford White and was the second tallest building in the city at the time. With 8,000 seats, Madison Square Garden had the largest main hall of any building worldwide in the late 19th Century. The third incarnation of The Garden opened on December 15, 1925 at 50th Street and 8th Avenue. It was primarily designed to be a boxing venue with 17,000 seats, but it was also where Marilyn Monroe sang her famous birthday song to President John F. Kennedy, among many other events. The fourth and current arena that was opened on February 14, 1968 resides at Four Pennsylvania Plaza, 7th Avenue between W 31st Street and W 33rd Street, directly on top of Pennsylvania "Penn" Station. The Garden hosts over 300 events every year. c?c?c?c? Expert Tip --------------------------------------------------------------------- Lines and wait-times can be long, so get there early. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area to keep you fed and occupied. Try out The Club Bar & Grill at The Garden itself if you don't want to venture too far. For deli fare, try Ben's Kosher Delicatessen at 209 W 38th Street and 7th Avenue or Stage Door Deli on 8th Avnue and 33rd Street. Cafe 31 offers Italian and bar food at 220 W 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. For American, try out Harrington's at 370 W 7th Avenue and 30th, Local West on the southeast corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue, Mustang Harry's at 352 7th Avenue and 29th, or Mustang Sally's at 324 7th Avenue and 28th. Look no further than Nick and Stef's Steakhouse for a T-bone at 9 Penn Plaza at 33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Irish cuisine can be had at Stout at 133 W 33rd Street between 6th and 7th, or Tir Na Nog on 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets.c? Hockey and Basketball --------------------------------------------------------------------- Hockey games at The Garden seat 18,200 c? fans, while basketball games seat 19,763.c?The New York Rangers hockey team were the main tenants of The Garden from 1926 to 1968. The venue hosted seven NCAA men's basketball championships between 1943 and 1950, plus the NBA All-Star Games of 1954 and 1955.? The Garden remains the home of the New York Rangers, as well as the New York Knicks (Knickerbockers) basketball team. Boxing --------------------------------------------------------------------- During its boxing days, from December 11, 1925 through June 9, 2007, The Garden hosted many of the all-time greats, including Jack Dempsey in the only indoor bout of his career. Sugar Ray Robinson and Henry Armstrong, two of the greatest fighters who ever fought, graced the ring at The Garden 37 times between them. Joe Lewis fought here 12 times, Joe Frazier became the heavyweight champion of the world here, and the "Fight of the Century" between Muhammad Ali and Frazier took place here on March 8, 1971. The death of Benny "Kid" Paret was a result of his fight against Emile Griffith at The Garden on March 24, 1962; after he was entangled in the ropes, unable to do anything but take Griffith's pounding, Paret passed away 10 days later.c? Garden Firsts --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Garden was home to many "firsts": The first artificial ice rink in North America opened here on February 12, 1879. The first professional indoor American football game was played here in 1902. The first college basketball game was played here in 1934 between Notre Dame and New York University. The first televised basketball game was filmed here on February 28, 1940 between Fordham and the University of Pittsburgh. Michael Jordan played his first professional Read more by visiting our page at:
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