Madison Square Garden is located in the heart of West Manhattan. It is one of entertainment and sports’ biggest stages, and anyone who’s anyone plays there. The permanent home of both basketball’s New York Knicks and hockey’s New York Rangers, from fall to spring, the Garden is alive with sports. Even so, every season brings its fair share of star-studded performances. From Pink, Harry Styles, Chris Stapleton, Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, Adele, and Luke Bryan, Madison Square Garden is a landmark venue for any performer. This is your chance to get the best seats at Madison Square Garden by using the listings right below.
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As a fan, the arena gives a unique experience. Few other venues in the world have the history and the grandeur of watching the Knicks or the Rangers do battle or watching your favorite band electrify the enormous stadium.
But planning for your visit can be a challenge. Be sure to download the Madison Square Garden app to your phone for a full experience inside the arena.
Where To Sit
For Sporting Events: As with any ticket purchase, where to sit boils down to budget vs. want. Everyone wants to sit courtside and yell at the players with Spike Lee, but few people get that opportunity. Let’s be more realistic.
If you’re ready to spend some big bucks and impress your company, sections 4, 5, 6, and 10 put you almost on the court opposite the player benches. If you want to be close to the action, it doesn’t get any better.
For a great view of the action with a substantially cheaper price tag, look to seats in sections 106-108. Keep your budget in mind at this point. The lower you go in the bowl, the more expensive you’ll find the tickets. For the true basketball fan that just wants to watch the game, this is the best bet.
Family outings have always been an integral part of sports, so if you’re ready to bring the family, Madison Square Garden set aside sections 206-210. These mezzanine seats have easy access without giving up too much of the game experience.
Sometimes, you want to go to the game, but the only focus is the price. That’s fine too! Madison Square Garden is a unique experience, and you can find inexpensive tickets when you look in the right places and search at the right times. We recommend the first row in the upper deck. The seats provide extra legroom and a great view of the scoreboard, so you don’t miss any of the action.
Courtside seats and floor seats at MSG will run up a huge price. If money isn’t a big deal then get in on some of the best seats in the building to see your favorite Knicks play.
For Concerts: Almost everyone agrees that the best place to enjoy a concert is on the floor right in front of the stage. If being on the floor is not your cup of tea, you can find a head-on view of the stage from sections 1, 2, 3, and up into the other levels like sections 101-103. Just like with the sports seats, keep your budget in mind when looking at the head-on tickets.
In Madison Square Garden, the best options for a mix of price and views of the stage are sections 107 and 117. You get a blend of good proximity to the stage, great sound quality, and of course, much easier access in and out of your seats.
Pushing further back to sections 304-307, you’ll find some of the cheapest tickets without sacrificing the great views. If the price is your biggest concern, we suggest starting there and working your way around the upper deck to find the seats you want.
Luxury Seats Vs. Affordable Seats
Madison Square Garden prides itself on being a one-of-a-kind experience for everyone. The floor seats range from sections A-C which are the most intimate and impressive seats to a General Admission setup which is more crowded and jumbled. Either way, the floor seats at Madison Square Garden are always a treat, and usually check in at a much higher price.
We recommend turning to sections 115-118 or 106-108 first for the best seats at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are more affordable than on the floor, and the show is still incredible. It’s a perfect blend of experience and affordability.
If you don’t mind a little distance from the stage, looking straight down on the stage from anywhere in the upper sections of the arena can be a magical experience at a fraction of the cost.
What To Expect When You Arrive
Security and Bag Policy: Madison Square Garden suggests not bringing a bag if possible. The security measures are constantly being updated, and you can expect a rigorous security check before you enter the arena. Plan for long lines, and try to travel as lightly as possible.
Parking: As with anywhere else in Manhattan, parking is hard to find and can be very expensive. Madison Square Garden partnered up with Parkwhiz to allow guests to reserve parking spots, but these spots can be costly and scarce. For that reason, we recommend a taxi or rideshare, or Penn Station is conveniently right across the street so the subway may be your best choice.
Madison Square Garden Experience
The Garden is one of the legendary venues in the entire world. Located in the heart of Manhattan, it’s easy to find food, travel, and lodging close by, so you’re taken care of before, during, and after the show. Don’t miss out on your chance to live the experience too.
We recommend taking the ten-minute walk down to Friedman’s for a modern take on American Fare, and if you want to extend your stay, the Pennsylvania Hotel is almost directly across the street from the arena and you’ll find great rates for such a hot spot. Our best suggestion is to take your time, browse around, and find something fun for your whole party.
Top Three Hotel Options for Your Budget:
If you don’t want the hassle of transportation to the arena, consider booking a hotel within walking distance of the arena.
Luxury: If you’re ready to blow out the budget and stay in a stylish 4-star hotel, look no further than the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel. The hotel offers an experience unlike any other including visually changing from season to season and a rooftop that transforms every hour on the hour. A stunning 96% of guests recommend staying here, and at only steps away from the arena, the Renaissance is one of the top choices
Affordable: Our recommendation for the most affordable, but still comfortable, spot nearby is the Stewart Hotel, New York. Featuring bright and sophisticated rooms, the Stewart Hotel still has a 4-star rating at a much lower price. The rooms are spacious, and the hotel itself is a work of art. Browse their website for deals, and you can find everything you need just a two-minute walk from the arena entrance.
Value: Also only a two-minute walk from the arena, you’ll find a balance of affordability and luxury at the Fairfield Inn and Suites New York Manhattan/Chelsea. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, modern, spacious rooms, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The beautiful views and great service make Fairfield an excellent choice for your visit.
Top Dining Options Near Madison Square Garden:
Looking for a nice dinner before your show? Lugo Cucina is an Italian café directly across from the arena. Enjoy the chic, modern take on 1960s Rome. The restaurant offers delicious Italian fare like Neapolitan pizza, Italian tapas, and of course, their signature meatballs. Go for the experience. Stay for the fantastic food.
If you are in the mood for something more relaxed, we recommend Pennsy Food Hall. This casual food hall features a large outdoor beer garden and plenty of food options. The Pennsy is innovative and chef-driven and offers a wide range of food options. It’s also open late, so whether you’re stopping in before the event or popping over for a nightcap, you’ll find something great.
For a special treat, try out American Whiskey. The kitchen serves up some tasty bites, but the real draw is the whiskey flights. Each flight contains four ½ oz portions of different whiskey varieties and the accompanying tasting notes. If you’re not in the mood for a flight, try some of their signatures, and original cocktails to finish off your night. American Whiskey is just across 32nd St from the arena.
Madison Square Garden is located in a prime area of the Chelsea neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. You’re only a short walk away from all that New York has to offer. Since Penn Station is direct across the street from the arena entrance, you’re just a short subway ride from the glitz of Times Square, the beauty of Central Park, and the diversity of Greenwich Village. Normally, we recommend some locations, but sometimes in Manhattan, it’s better to simply explore.
*Despite the severe lack of parking, Madison Square Garden receives a 10/10 Walkability score for the proximity and ease of public transportation. There is no shortage of great lodging options and amazing dining experiences. You can find out more about other arenas here.
In the end, you should have a better idea of what the best seats at Madison Square Garden are. Sitting in the right spot could make your event that much better.