Madison Square Garden – New York Rangers

by | Sep 19, 2016 | Hockey, Matt Fiedler, NHL | 0 comments

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Welcome to Rangertown

Madison Square Garden as we know it today opened in 1968. It has undergone many renovations since it opened at that time. The most recent renovations came from 2011-2013. At a cost of 1 billion dollars, the renovations included larger entrances, concourses, and new seats. Madison Square Garden is the home of the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks as well as certain St. John’s men’s basketball games. The renovations really amplified the great atmosphere of Madison Square Garden. The Garden is such a clean and great place to watch sports. As soon as you walk in you know that you’re in for a great experience. There have been talks about moving the Garden to expand Penn Station, but nothing has materialized so far.

The owners of the Rangers have done a great job over the years. They not only put in additions to the Garden, but they put out a solid product year after year. The fans of the Rangers are so passionate and demand a winner and the owners have given them that in the last few years. There are many unique places to sit at a Rangers game. One of the most unique is the Chase Bridge which sits high above the ice and offers a very good view. Madison Square Garden is simply everything a hockey fan can want when going to see a game.

Food & Beverage 5

Madison Square Garden has something for everyone when it comes to food. The food is not only plentiful, but it is top notch as well. Madison Square Garden doesn’t just have upscale gourmet food, it also has the standard stadium fare. Popcorn, peanuts, hot dogs, sausages, and pretzels can all be found in large quantities.

If you’re looking for more upscale food, the Garden is the place to be. Madison Square Garden offers sushi, nachos, tacos, and much more. One of the more unique places is the Lobster Shrimp Roll by Aquagrill. Madison Square Garden has something for every appetite. There are salads and gluten free options for those looking to eat healthier. There are bars and restaurants attached to Madison Square Garden at street level.

With the abundant food at MSG, there also needs to be a wide selection of drinks. Madison Square Garden definitely has that. Madison Square Garden sells Coca-Cola products, so you won’t be finding any Pepsi here. As far as alcoholic beverages go, Madison Square Garden has a large variety. There is a wide variety of beer. There are the usual staples like Bud Light, but MSG also serves Heineken, Stella Artois, and a selection of craft beer. There are also areas to get wine and mixed drinks.

Atmosphere 5

When you enter Madison Square Garden you can feel that you are in a special place. Because of this, the Rangers don’t need to add a ton of bells and whistles to the Garden. Madison Square Garden is an arena that is just loaded with tradition. You don’t get the title “The World’s Most Famous Arena” for nothing. Just walking around the arena you will notice the many big events that happened at MSG, from basketball to hockey to huge concerts.

The Rangers do a great job with their presentation during the game. Whenever a celebrity or famous athlete is in the building, they will point that out and give the fans a chance to applaud them. The Rangers also have a superb pre-game video that is projected onto the ice. It chronicles that tradition and history of the New York Rangers. When you are in Madison Square Garden, you know you’re in one of the best places to watch a hockey game.

Neighborhood 5

Madison Square Garden is in the heart of Manhattan. Anything you want to do before or after a game is close to Madison Square Garden. If you want to watch a movie, see a play, go to a restaurant, or go to a museum, you can get there quickly from MSG. Right below Madison Square Garden is New York Penn Station. Here you can get a quick bite to eat from a plethora of options. There is also a large amount of security in and around Madison Square Garden so you should feel very safe and comfortable walking around the area.

Fans 5

The New York Rangers are one of the NHL’s original six franchises. This is a very exclusive club. The fans know this and truly are some of the best in the NHL. Ranger fans are immensely passionate and knowledgeable about their team. It isn’t uncommon to see multiple generations of Ranger fans in a group. This is a franchise that has a long and illustrious history in New York City.

The fans at Madison Square Garden may give some opposing fans a hard time, but it is all in good taste. The biggest fan rivalries of Ranger fans are the Flyers and Islanders. The fans are very respectful and welcoming at the Garden. One thing you will notice about Ranger fans is the “Potvin Sucks” chant during a lull in play. This is an homage to a former New York Islanders defenseman. Be prepared for a sea of blue when you get to Madison Square Garden.

Access 4

Madison Square Garden is a very easy venue to get to. However, the mere fact that this arena is in the heart of New York City makes it a bit difficult to get to by car. The best means of getting to the Garden is by taking public transportation. Amtrak, NJ Transit, Long Island Railroad and the New York Subway all use New York Penn Station as a major hub. Penn Station is just beneath MSG so when you get off the train, simply walk up to street level and Madison Square Garden will be right there.

The concourse is wide and very easy to navigate. Along the concourse you can see various moments from the history of Madison Square Garden. The bathrooms are also very nice and spacious and the lines generally don’t get too long. Security can make the lines to get into MSG long though, so get there early.

There are a few parking lots close to MSG, but it is definitely better to take public transportation. Again, for fans coming from outside of the New York metro area, Amtrak is the best way to go.

Return on Investment 4

New York City isn’t known for having cheap prices for anything. The New York Rangers are no exception. Prices are high at Madison Square Garden, but they aren’t ridiculous. However, the experience that you pay for at Madison Square Garden is one that is truly memorable. The uptick is price is definitely worth seeing the mecca that is Madison Square Garden. If you go see a lesser opponent then you may get a discount on ticket prices. Be prepared to pay a premium when the Rangers take on the Flyers, Bruins, and Islanders.

Extras 4

A first star goes to the beautiful on ice presentation that the Rangers offer. The video that they play before the game is truly great to watch. The history and storied tradition of the Rangers is something that is unique to hockey.

A second star goes to the HD video board that the Rangers have. The video board displays all the relevant information and is crystal clear.

A third star goes to the history of Madison Square Garden. The retired numbers alone tell the story of a remarkable franchise and arena.

A final star goes to the fact that the Rangers offer free WiFi, which is very fast. It is great that the Rangers make this available to sports fans.

Final Thoughts

Madison Square Garden is a mecca of not just hockey, but sports in general. If you have not gone to see a game here, then make it a priority to do so. Madison Square Garden is an amazing venue at which to watch a hockey game, and the Rangers do a great job of amplifying that atmosphere. “The World’s Most Famous Arena” does not disappoint.

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Stadium Info

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

New York Rangers website

Madison Square Garden website

Year Opened: 1968

Capacity: 18,200