10 Interesting Facts about the World’s Most Famous Arena

by admin on April 20, 2011

With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, and the New York Knicks are back among the NBA’s best teams, it’s always interesting to take a look at the World’s Most Famous Arena – Madison Square Garden.

  1. The fastest sellout of Madison Square Garden was Taylor Swift in 2009, when she sold out the venue in 60 seconds.

  2. John Lennon’s final concert appearance was at Madison Square Garden, just before his murder in 1980.

  3. The Garden is the third busiest music arena in the world, behind only M.E.N. Arena in Manchester and the O2 Arena in London.

    Madison Square Garden

  4. Michael Jackson’s concert during his Bad World Tour was voted as the greatest concert ever at Madison Square Garden in 2010.

  5. A renovation coming this summer to the Garden will put spectator bridges running 200 feet long that will let fans look directly down onto the action. (Pictured here)

  6. Elton John holds the all-time greatest number of shows at the Garden, playing there a total of 62 times.

  7. It is currently the oldest NHL Arena, and the second oldest NBA arena (behind the Oracle Arena in Oakland).

  8. In 1879, the first artificial ice rink in North America was opened at the Garden.

  9. Michael Jordan played his first professional game at Madison Square Garden, scoring 33 points against the Knicks, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

  10. The Jackson 5 made their first television appearance at the Miss Black America pageant at the Garden.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720095551 Tom Schoenewald

    Unlike maybe any other sports arena in the nation, floor level for both hockey and basketball is actually on the 4th floor of the building. It sits above NY Penn Station (in the basement) and a Theater for concerts.

  • Grmi16

    Justin Bieber sold out MSG in 30 seconds, beating Taylor Swift’s record of 60 seconds

  • Jdjsjjajaj

    Justin sold out in 23 MINUTES. Taylor is the fastest.

  • ————-

    That was two years ago– and that was 22 minutes… Justin sold out TWO shows at MSG in 30 seconds for the BELIEVE tour. Google.

  • In all fairness

    Wonder how Biebers sell out record would be compared to past performers if you did have the speed of the Internet to make it possible? Just a thought.

  • Haley

    I thought Justin Bieber sold out the arena in 30 seconds just this year? JB’s doing really good. His Believe tour is on it’s way to becoming on the highest grossing tours of all times!!

  • Poop1235

    poo u jb i hate u

  • Poop1235

    hi u r stupid if u talk about jb

  • Omggirl


  • cupcakecourtt

    i can not belive these facts and Justin bieber OMG


    Bruno Sammartino sold out the garden 187 times.

  • Whiplash

    Lets not overlook wrestling hall of famer, Bruno Samartino. He sold out MSG 187 times through out his career! (He headlined it 211 times!) Don’t overlook him just because he is just some “phony wrestler.”

  • jsdjkirel

    yes its true

  • snake

    stfu whiplash you just hating

  • snake

    im so sorry dont crush me with that fake ass

  • Crowbar Press

    Bruno didn’t sell out the Garden 187 times because he appeared there
    only 159 times. That’s an inflated number that has been circulating
    around for years. The true number is 45 times, and as best as I’ve been
    able to determine, Bob Backlund also sold out the Garden 45 times.
    Another interesting fact is that Bruno was in the main event 130 times,
    the last time being July 12, 1986, when he teamed with Tito Santana
    against Randy Savage and Adrian Adonis.

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