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Game Change: Madison Square Garden's Makeover

by Michael Hsu, 10/13/2010

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  • Since opening in 1968, Madison Square Garden has been home to legendary athletic and artistic performances—everyone from Muhammad Ali to Willis Reed, Bing Crosby to the Rolling Stones, Bob Hope to Dane Cook. The arena has begun an ambitious three-year, top-to-bottom, self-funded overhaul, with upgrades ranging from the mundane (50% more space dedicated to bathrooms) to the spectacular (two observation bridges, suspended seven stories above the court/ice, that span the entire length of the Garden). As part of the planning phase, sports fans and rock stars alike were asked what they wanted to see in the new Garden, and there will be upgrades for everyone, whether improved sight lines in the upper bowl, new luxurious suites that are close to the action or just more comfortable chairs (all 18,000-plus are being replaced and increasing in size). Because Madison Square Garden is the busiest venue in the country, the renovations are being done in stages (fear not, Knicks and Rangers fans: construction has been scheduled around the playing seasons). Here's a look at how the "World's Most Famous Arena" will be stepping up its game.

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