Madison Square Garden Getting Nixed in 10 Years to Make Way For New Penn Station
In 45 years of hosting the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden has only three championship banners hanging in the rafters. Despite the lack of success, this arena in particular has always been referred to as a “Mecca” of both boxing and basketball. However, at this day in age historic landmarks are being renovated to meet the standards of the highly-needy society we all live in…Wrigley Field.
The Madison Square Garden Company has been given a 10-year permit by the New York City Council to vacate the premises.
This comes on the heels of the Madison Square Garden’s 50-year permit expired earlier this year. Apparently, the folks in NY are still sour about something that happened way back in 1963: Penn Station was demolished to make room for this behemoth arena to house a multitude of sporting events.
Perhaps the biggest fool in this process is the one and only James Dolan. As the Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, Dolan has heard fans cry about the less-than-desirable amenities and is close to dropping $1 Billion — yes, billion — on a renovation plan that would make MSG far more appealing both inside and out.
However, the New York Council doesn’t care and wants its old-time railroad station back, damn it!
Sounds to me like the council members have been playing a bit too much Monopoly lately, but who knows? Maybe the Garden does need to be put to sleep for good.