Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous venues in the world. Located on 6th Avenue near Midtown-Manhattan, the arena holds approximately 21,000 people and hosted some of the most iconic moments in American history. We could name some of the biggest acts to play Madison Square Garden like Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and Alicia Keys, but it may be easier to name ones that haven’t. Currently, the arena stands as the permanent home for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, but week after week and year after year, “The Garden” hosts shows, concerts, sporting events, and other special events.
Before you get to the arena, be sure to download the Madison Square Garden Official App. It helps with faster entry to the arena, navigation to entry points, exits, and even order a Lyft straight from the app. You can also use the app to order food and drinks from your seat and walk to the “express line” for pickup saving you the time of waiting in line. Once you find your seat, and you’re ready for the show, sit back and enjoy the experience in one of the world’s premier arenas.
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Madison Square Garden Facts
- Location: New York, New York
- Capacity: 21,000
- Walk-ability: 10/10*
What To Expect When You Arrive:
Security and Bag Policy: Expect a rigorous security policy at the door. Madison Square Garden is constantly upgrading security to provide a safe environment for guests. The arena advises against bringing any unnecessary bags, but if you need to carry one, it will be thoroughly searched and x-rayed. Your best bet is to leave plenty of time to get through security at the entrance.
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 that the subway may be your best choice.
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.
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 the 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 signature, 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 directly 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.