The New York Knicks lost their final preseason game last night, but the real story was the unveiling of the completely transformed Madison Square Garden. Starting this season, the Knicks will be playing in what feels like a whole new arena. Fans have been waiting three years for a finished product (and even longer on the court), but now they can finally reap the benefits.
REMODELED ENTRANCE AT SEVENTH AVE.
We showed you the wonderful history of Madison Square Garden in this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, but now it’s a whole new experience. The first thing you’ll notice is the remodeled entrance at Seventh Ave. Once inside, your welcomed with two 600 square-foot digital screens mounted on the ceiling.
THE GARDEN 366 EXHIBIT
The main concourse is lined a history of Madison Square Garden in pictures and words. It includes everything from hockey and basketball to tennis and the circus. Just another neat way for the building to celebrate it’s past, despite being almost totally brand new. Glad to see the Knicks still have a ton more faith in Amar’e Stoudemire than the fans do, and consider the day they signed him a major day in MSG history.
The main attraction at the transformed Garden is the Chase Bridges located at the tenth floor of the building. Mysteriously, they blend in a lot better than you would think, but you’ll know you’re on them when you can see fans on both sides of you as you’re walking by. The view from the seats on them isn’t too different than anything else in the upper deck, but it should definitely be something to check off your New York sports bucket list if you ever have the chance. It can’t hurt to add 430 screaming New Yorkers to an already intense playoff atmosphere.
NEW SCOREBOARD AND FLOOR
The floor changes are only slightly different, but you can definitely notice it’s a little lighter. The new scoreboard is a vast improvement over the old one though. It’s much easier to catch replays from anywhere in the stadium and as a bonus, the bigger screens give you a front row seat to those cheesy introduction videos that have to feature some sort of stare down from each individual player.
Starting this year, the Knicks will have their division title banners hung atop The Garden. Looks like Woodson put something in the rafters sooner than expected.
NEW JERSEYS IN NEW YORK
The Garden is the only place you can buy new Knicks alternate jerseys. They looked to be very popular amongst fans last night.
Of course they tell you that food has been upgraded and there’s definitely more variety, but as long as you’re paying ten bucks for a cheeseburger and fries, it can only be so good. And for all you beer drinkers, the price only went up by a quarter this season!
The best part of the experience is that the building still has that old Garden vibe, despite being brand new. We’d all much rather see the salary cap lifted and the Knick dump a billion dollars in to their roster, but for now, Knicks fans will have to settle for this enhanced viewing opportunity.