Welcome to “The Garden”. This or simply “MSG” is what, in the vernacular, most people call the famous Madison Square Garden. It is located in New York’s most well-known of boroughs, Manhattan. This multi-purpose indoor venue is used for a variety of events, from concerts to sporting events, political conventions to religious ceremonies. Being the oldest major event venue for sports, it has drawn in visitors from near and far for more than half a century. Also, it is the second busiest music venue in the world.
A Venue Uniting People in Interests & Emotions
MSG is a place for gatherings. This circular arena is a world in itself. Close to the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden is a hub for entertainment, for cheerfulness and emotions. It’s where visitors’ emotions run high, where they cheer, cry, laugh, and most importantly: share a common interest in the event that is taking place and that will go down in history.
“The Garden” – doesn’t this sound like a place where everything is in-sync, in harmony? In fact, the MSG stands symbolically for the unity of people. And that’s what event attendees do every single time: come closer together both in space, spirit, and emotions. And those are not just U.S. Americans, those are people from different cultures and backgrounds, mingling and merging into one united crowd, there in that iconic arena in the midst of vibrant, multicultural New York.
Not only has MSG seen its share of historical events, MSG is world history. Drumroll. Suspense. Out of so many, it would be hard to name the most memorable among these events. Some might argue it would be a boxing match – one of the most watched in the world. On March 8, 1971, the “Fight of a Century” brought boxing enthusiasts from around the globe to the grounds of Madison Square Garden.
Sweat, tears, joy – this event venue has seen it all, during one of the most iconic fights in the history books. Ladies and gentlemen: heavyweight champion Frazier in the one corner; his challenger Ali, undefeated to this point, on the other side. A moment, an atmosphere, that those who were on location still feel in their bones.
Madison Square Garden – Entertainment History Alive
Madison Square Garden is an entertainment world in itself. MSG creates nostalgia, and is also permeated with nostalgia, memories of past sports and music history. It attracts multitudes, who want to be part of those times that will go down in the chronicles of the most famous event venue. Taxi cabs by the hundreds roll up, a continuous stream, stopping briefly to debark their passengers, the masses of people who “flow” into The Garden. All in a cheerful manner, with a refreshing excitement in the air. And they all have common ground: the thirst for experiencing this one event.
As Madison Square Garden’s in-house photographer George Kalinsky puts it so lovingly:
The building was not brick, […] not mortar, […] not cement, […] not glass. The building was humanity. It had a personality.
And he goes on even further:
It had emotions and feelings. It could sweat, […] bleed. It could do all the things that, if a building were a person, it would do.
Imagine being part of the masses pouring into the stadium while the buzzing noise of the exciting chatting is taking over. Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seat, the show is about to begin. And “the show” was almost always memorable. Take for example President John F. Kennedy’s legendary 45th birthday celebration on May 19, 1962. This is when Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”, a rendition the entire world would soon know. Only those who experienced it in person, however, are able to re-live that moment in the gigantic Madison Square Garden, lights low. Goosebump factor included, even after returning to one’s elaborate accommodation, such as the Mandarin Hotel.
Tribute to September 11 in Lights
Americans take both solace and pride in coming together in remembrance. What better way to symbolize that unity than lighting up important buildings? It represents the unification of a whole country. We all are one, one nation under God, as we remember – and there is beauty in exactly this.
Two important musical events took place at The Garden after 9/11: The Concert for New York City and America: A Tribute to Heroes. It was a time when people turned to music to process emotions – together.
The round construction of the MSG does also symbolizes eternity; an infinite circle, no beginning, no end, all-inclusive, representing the existence of the U.S. and its ideals. No matter what has happened throughout history – or what is yet to come – this nation will move on with its“We can do it” attitude.