About Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden (MSG) is a venue that needs no introduction. It’s the oldest major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area, as well as the oldest arena hosting games in the NBA and the NHL. MSG has five floors and can accommodate roughly 20,000 people, depending on the type of event.
While currently known for larger-than-life concerts, basketball games, ice hockey games, and WWE events, Madison Square Garden used to be famous for its boxing matches. Champions like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, and Rocky Marciano have all put their reputations on the line in the the MSG ring. That includes the 1971 heavyweight championship “fight of the century” between Ali and Frazier, which saw The Greatest’s first ever defeat as a professional fighter.
Every year, Madison Square Garden hosts more than 200 concerts and sporting events. This is good news for any business looking for a memorable place to entertain clients or employees, as there are over 2,000 club seats, 80 luxury suites, and 76 private boxes that all offer top-tier sports experiences. So if your business has season tickets for the Knicks or Rangers, what can you expect? Let’s take a closer look at what the famed arena has to offer corporate clients.
Key FactsLocation: Manhattan, New York City, New York Home team: New York Knicks, New York Liberty, New York Rangers Opened: February 11th, 1968 Seating capacity: 20,789 Club seats: 2,105 Luxury suites: 80 Private boxes: 76
Madison Square Garden Suite Levels
Signature Level Suites The Signature Level Suites are located high above the arena floor, suspended within the upper bowl just below the bridge level. These private suites offer an unmatched view of the arena floor, with a direct line of sight to the stage during concerts and special events. Guests in the Signature Level Suites can enjoy food and beverages from a premium menu curated by signature chefs and sommeliers, as well as VIP access to the arena from a private entrance. The suites also feature a customizable branding wall, perfect for associating your brand with the excitement during corporate events and client entertainment. The Signature Level Suites can accommodate between 12 and 21 people. Lexus Level Suites The Lexus Level Suites are between the 100 level and 200 level seating areas, encircling the arena floor to offer nearly 360-degrees of viewing options. These private suites also include a premium menu designed by signature chefs and sommeliers, as well as a customizable branding wall and access to the VIP MSG entrance. The Lexus Level Suites can accommodate 12 to 24 people. Event Level Suites If you want to be close to the action, the Event Level Suites are your best bet. These private suites are right on the sidelines and are decked out with the first-class amenities of a luxury apartment, like an in-suite private bar. Guests have access to premium food and cocktails from a specially curated menu, as well as VIP arena access and concierge services. The Entry Level Suites are better suited for smaller groups, each accommodating 8 to 13 people. Locker Room Experiences If you’re looking to show guests a more unique Madison Square Garden experience, you can also rent out the locker rooms of the Knicks or Rangers. While these experiences are understandably only available before concerts, it’s an opportunity to sip cocktails and entertain guests in some of the most iconic rooms in sports history. The Lounges For larger groups and special events, Madison Square Garden offers the Lounges up on the 300 bridge level. These areas each have enough space for 42 people, but three Lounges can be combined to accommodate up to 142 people. This expansive hospitality space is ideal for business events and special occasions, where guests can chat, snack, and socialize with amazing views of the action below.
Club SeatingThe Loft Madison Square Garden has several club seating options, the newest of which is The Loft. This private club space includes premium buffet-style dining, in-seat waiting services, a private bar, and lounge seating. Accommodating up to 48 guests, The Loft is ideal for a luxury club experience with a personalized touch. Delta Sky360° Club Delta Sky360° Club members have access to a premier hospitality area with first-class amenities, up-scale buffet dining, a private VIP entrance, and a clear view of all the action from courtside/rinkside seating. With its lavish décor and classy atmosphere, the Delta Sky360° Club area is perfect for corporate entertainment events. Madison Club The Madison Club offers all the perks of luxury suite, with the flexibility of a season tickets membership. Club members have exclusive access to a lounge with a private club bar, a chef’s table dining experience with an extended signature menu, as well as complimentary concert tickets and priority access to non-included events. 1879 - J.P. Morgan Club Member’s only service with high-end dining which require premium subscription of Knicks floor seats or Rangers glass seats. In this club, you are rewarded with access to the most prestigious premium club at MSG. In the 1879 club, named after the year of opening for MSG, you have access to complimentary upscale buffet dining and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as top shelf alcoholic beverages which may be purchased. You will be hanging out with all of the celebrities in attendance in a close, intimate setting surrounded by amazing memorabilia and premium access to the most exclusive club in sports and entertainment.
Historical Moments at Madison Square Garden
- In 1970, the New York Knicks won their first championship.
- In 1971, underdog Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century.”
- John Lennon gave his final performance at Madison Square Garden in 1974.
- The inaugural WrestleMania event was held at MSG in 1985.
- In 1994, the New York Rangers won game 7 to clinch the Stanley Cup at home.
- In 1995, Michael Jordan scored his famous “double-nickel” game.
- The Concert for New York City was held at Madison Square Garden after the events of September 11th.
- In 2016, the UFC Debut in NYC saw Conor McGregor become the first ever two-class UFC champion.
Upcoming EventsClick here to see the full list of upcoming events at Madison Square Garden.
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Image credits: Header illustration photo of Madison Square Garden by Eden, Janine and Jim (Flickr)