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Published: 2013/07/25

Will Madison Square Garden Be Torn Down in Ten Years?

Madison Square Garden may need to find a new home in ten years. On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted 47-1 to extend the Garden’s operating permit for a decade, instead of extending the permit indefinitely as the owners had requested. The Council wants the venue relocated in order to make room for the redevelopment of Penn Station, which is currently located beneath MSG.

This decision comes after the Madison Square Garden Company’s 50-year operating permit expired earlier this year. The company is also just a few months from finishing a three-year, almost $1 billion renovation of the venue.

Madison Square Garden has hosted plenty of memorable concerts over the years. The Grateful Dead, Phish, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Michael Jackson and many, many more have graced the stage there over the years. The venue also hosted George Harrison’s legendary Concert for Bangladesh, and is the only place that all four Beatles have played following the band’s dissolution.

While the Madison Square Garden Company only has ten more guaranteed years at their current location, the company hopes that they will be able to renew their operating permit when it expires in a decade—so yesterday’s vote does not necessarily mean the end of MSG as we know it.


There are 16 comments associated with this post

CCN July 25, 2013, 17:42:55

Seen numerous shows in this legendary venue. You know you’re in a special place before having ticket scanned. Seen the Stones, Who, worked a beach volleyball event with trucked in sand. Munched a potent bag of shrooms with a few buddies before Blues Traveler/ Jerry Garcia Band show about 20 years ago. We were flying!!!!
MSG has been host to such a diverse collection of events, most venues pale in comparison. Can you imagine all the wheelin & dealin’ that will be going on in the next 10 years to compromise a solution. I would hate to see it go, it’s practically a warhorse. If they could just lift it up and set it down someplace nearby and replace once Penn Station completes rebuild.
The Dead have played 50 shows there. I think Elton John has the record, 60+ shows?

Nick July 25, 2013, 19:15:43

Saw my 1st GD show at MSG and many more to follow. What a great venue…Phish NYE ’95 is probably the best show I’ve seen there, along with many others

tom July 25, 2013, 19:55:09

Multiple nights with the Grateful Dead lots of fun on the train to and from Princeton NJ

astack July 25, 2013, 23:43:55

GD shows in Sept 1990 w/ old friends from HS.

M Combs July 26, 2013, 03:49:36

3 Dead shows when Vince joined the band & Bruce Hornsby showed up the second night. Crazy fun in the heart of NYC !!!

Luke July 26, 2013, 04:04:24

MSG, historic and most importantly wonderful sounding room, first show there was Neil and Crazy Horse in 96 (seeing them tonight in Rome, Italy)..Clapton, The Other Ones, AC/DC, Page and Plant, Dylan/Simon, Dylan/Joni Mitchell, Springsteen. Great place and only reason it would be moved, in the end, would be to eventually continue to reconfigure Manhattan into a playground for hedge fund jackoffs and continue to remove any last vestiges of normal working people and past cultural institutions that so often played host to them such as MSG.

Brian Quinn July 26, 2013, 07:33:44

The four Elvis Presley concerts at MSG in 1972 were amazing. The crowd reaction to witnessing THE KING was out of this world. Never before or since has there been a performer to challenge him. Truly ‘sui generis’.

kaleidoscope eyes July 26, 2013, 07:45:46

nothing like seeing the city before and after the ball drops while being in the round room in between

jackie July 26, 2013, 08:47:44

The Grateful Dead fall runs there were the BEST!! Greatest times ever, we shook the place!!

Frank Dickinson July 26, 2013, 09:32:52

9/19/90 GD was the best indoor show I caught. JackStraw / Bertha kicked it off.

jAz July 26, 2013, 09:53:56

C’mon. What’s with the sensationalized headline?

Hmmm July 26, 2013, 10:07:07

Meh, kinda sensationalized but from what I understand (this article doesn’t have as much info as others on the subject) it seems like they really could be tearing MSG down in ten years if the city council has their way

Hmmm July 26, 2013, 10:07:08

Meh, kinda sensationalized but from what I understand (this article doesn’t have as much info as others on the subject) it seems like they really could be tearing MSG down in ten years if the city council has their way

jimmy July 26, 2013, 11:15:47

Howabout ol jer belting out labamba in 87’

Mike July 26, 2013, 12:58:09

The Dead/Furthur: JG said the place was juiced and he was not kidding….. Saw The Dead there and suprised when the joint began to jump. Seems the bands get really up for the place. Best large indoor venue for sure.

Ezz July 26, 2013, 13:12:55

MSG will be torn down when Phish plays their last show there, or when the Knicks win a championship, whichever occurs first.

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