Tag:Madison Square Garden
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:28 pm

Could MSG host the 2014 All-Star Game?

Posted by Royce Young

The 2013 host for the All-Star Game will be Houston, according to reports. Not necessarily the most glitzy locale, especially considering the Dallas (with 100,000 spectators in attendance), Los Angeles and Orlando this year (in a brand new building), just recently hosted before it.

So in 2014, the NBA might be trying to bring back a little more of the lights to the game. (No disrespect to Houston of course. Just stating the obvious that it's not L.A. or a football stadium.) And as the New York Post mentions, a top candidate will be the newly renovated Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks have reportedly applied to host and with the three-year renovation set to be entirely complete then, it makes all the sense in the world. (Also mentioned as a candidate -- the Nets' new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.)

The World Most Famous Arena has hosted the game four time -- second most to the Boston Garden(s) -- and last hosted in 1998. Before that, it was 30 years since the arena had hosted in 1968. So with it being 16 years between, MSG is due. Especially with it being all re-done with new seats, features, paint, video boards and whatever else.

Now again, the Nets' new Brooklyn arena makes a ton of sense as well. I would definitely say the selection is going to be between those two. No one else has a new arena on the horizon to look at and there's really not any brighter light situation than New York. Maybe a dark horse could be the United Center in Chicago as that city hasn't hosted since 1988.

Maybe a better question will be what the rosters will look like. Imagine the top players in 2014. Kobe Bryant will likely be moving on, Tim Duncan will likely be retired, Dirk as well and who knows what stars will have risen to the top. New faces, new superstars, a new MSG -- sounds like a plan to me.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:53 pm

Video: Extreme Makover, MSG Edition

Posted by Royce Young

At some point, the world's most famous arena only stays that way because it keeps up with the times. Which is why Madison Square Garden is getting a major makeover this summer.

As PBT notes, there is a crew of 1,000 workers that are broken into groups working around the clock, 24 hours a day. The finished product will feature new seats, suites, a new bar that allows you to watch the Knicks walk from the locker room to the floor, suites that are floor level and a bunch of other neat features that you'd expect MSG to have. And can you believe it only cost a smooth $1 billion?

The New York Post put together a time-lapse video of the remodel, which is pretty darn neato. Looks like work is being done. Now let's just hope there will be basketball played in it next year.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 2:37 pm

Knicks season tickets to skyrocket

Posted by Matt Moore

The New York Knicks have gone up in the NBA world over the past year, and now they're going to be asking for their fans to chip in accordingly. After nearly a decade of struggle and strife, the New York Post reports that the Knicks are set to increase season ticket prices, and not by a little: 
After restraining themselves the past six seasons, Madison Square Garden management will announce today a substantial rise in Knicks season-ticket prices for next season, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The combination of the Knicks being on the verge of qualifying for the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2003-04, the ongoing $700 million to $1 billion transformation of the Garden, and the latest blockbuster addition of superstar Carmelo Anthony to play alongside Amar'e Stoudemire has prompted owner James Dolan to raise the roof on ticket prices.

MSG sports president Scott O'Neil is scheduled to meet with a raft of season-ticket holders today for a presentation on the new benefits that come with the significantly higher new prices.
via Knicks will raise season ticket prices - NYPOST.com .

Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that the increase is expected to indeed be substantial: an average of 49 percent. Rovell also reports that the $977 million renovation of Madison Square Garden has more to do with the increase than the addition of stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. That makes sense, considering salaries for the Knicks were always high, and even with the two stars, the Knicks are a ways from title contention. Still, it's a staggering move for a likely second-round-exit squad even as star-packed as it is. 

You'd think after subjecting fans to the Isiah Thomas era, there'd be more good will. Then again, the Thomas era never really ended, did it?
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