Madison Square Garden Reveals New Features as Part of Billion Dollar Renovation

October 25, 2013

Madison Square Garden has revealed the features of the stadium’s three-year, $1bn renovation project.

Described as a “transformation” of the iconic venue, new features include two “Chase Bridges” that run high above and parallel to the event floor, a revamped Chase Square 7th Avenue entrance, complete with two 600-square-foot video screens and a new GardenVision scoreboard.

Other improvements include new suites, food options and renovated concourses.

James Dolan, the Garden’s executive chairman commented: “We knew the world’s greatest fans deserved a complete state-of-the-art experience.

“This true transformation is for everyone. We wanted our athletes to have upgraded locker rooms, training and video rooms.

“We wanted our entertainers to have the best dressing rooms, the best sound, the best lighting and acoustics.”

The Chase Bridges are being described as the most unique aspect of the arena revamp, with the 10th floor being connected by them.


The bridges will block some fans’ view of the scoreboard, however they will not block the court and there will be three 145-inch monitors on the bridges for those who cannot see the new GardenVision scoreboard.

“The question we get asked by everybody who comes up [here] is how can the crowd see the game?” Garden president and CEO Hank Ratner said of the seats behind the bridges. “And you will see that there is not the slightest bit of obstruction to what is going on [down] on the floor. What we did for the people who are sitting there is [put three] 145-inch GardenVision [monitors] on the bridge.”

Former New York Knicks and Rangers captains Willis Reed and Mark Messier were there at the unveiling, as well as a number of other former players.

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