Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is currently undergoing a comprehensive, top-to-bottom nearly $1 billion Transformation funded by The Madison Square Garden Company, that will provide a significantly enhanced experience for customers, athletes, entertainers, fans, suite holders and marketing partners, from the first row to the last.

Some of the many major upgrades will include: the brand new Chase Square 7th Avenue entrance, significantly wider concourses, new first-class food and entertainment amenities, improved sightlines, more comfortable seating, a dynamic new scoreboard, state-of-the-art lighting, sound and LED video systems in HD, fiber optic cabling throughout the building, new suites, clubs and hospitality areas, new one-of-a-kind Chase Bridges, and views of the city from several areas of the building.

Although many areas of the venue are being upgraded and maintained, other renovations will highlight the unique history of MSG and the dynamic details of the venue that patrons, performers and athletes have long-cherished including the intimacy of the Arena bowl, the restoration of The Garden’s world famous ceiling, and the building’s more than 130 year storied history will celebrated with two unique exhibits – “Garden 366,” a visual retrospective bringing to life one moment in Garden history for every day of the year, and the top 20 “Defining Moments” in Garden history will be commemorated with special exhibits that feature photos, memorabilia and additional artifacts.

The architect on the MSG Transformation is Brisbin Brook Beynon; Construction Manager is Turner and Project Manager is JLL. Read more

Transformed from the first row to the last...

  • Work on the Transformation is underway and will continue to be a year-round project, sequenced to maximize construction efforts during the offseason shutdowns after the Knicks and Rangers seasons conclude (2011-13). The Garden will remain open for the Knicks and Rangers seasons
  • Transformation amenities when the project is completed will include:
    • Beautiful new Chase Square 7th Avenue entrance, which will be nearly double the previous size and feature interactive kiosks, retail, climate controlled space, and a broadcast location
    • Public concourses doubling and tripling in size, some with spectacular city views
    • New food and beverage options available throughout the building featuring some of the best chefs and restaurants of New York
    • Larger, more comfortable seats
    • Improved upper bowl sightlines that puts patrons seven to 10 feet closer to the action
    • Two new Chase Bridges that will provide one-of-a-kind views of the arena floor and offer a unique perspective for fans
    • State-of-the-art lighting, sound & LED video systems in HD, new fiber-optic cabling throughout the building
    • New dressing rooms, locker rooms, green rooms, and production offices
    • 50% more restroom facilities and 60% more food and beverage points of sale
    • Corporate offerings: 58 Madison Level Suites that will be 40% larger and half the distance to the events and includes seats in the arena bowl, 20 Event Level Suites that offer a lounge/entertaining atmosphere and the best seats in the house, and 18 remodeled 9th level Signature Suites. There will also be several new all-inclusive club spaces, the 1879 Club presented by J.P. Morgan, the Delta Sky360 Club on the event level, and the Madison Club presented by Foxwoods on the 7th floor of the Arena

 

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

In 1999 the company embarked on a seven month, $70 million, restoration of Radio City Music Hall. This comprehensive renewal of the Art Deco landmark brought “the Showplace of the Nation” back to its original 1932 splendor and solidified the commitment the company made to New York when it acquired the legendary venue. The restoration extended from the Art Deco ticket lobby to all of the interiors, reaching backstage from the lighting and sound system to the configuration of the dressing rooms. The building retained its beloved grand tradition while leaping into the 21st century with state of the art technology. Read more

Highlights included:

  • Restoring the original 3-story Ezra Winter “The Fountain of Youth” mural overlooking the Grand Foyer;
  • Fabricating all 5,901 seats by American Seating Corporation, the company which developed the original design and construction in 1932;
  • Restoration of the abstract design of musical instruments, the decorative carpeting as well as the original Pompeiian-red brocatelle wall coverings in the Grand Foyer;
  • Recreation of the 144-foot, 3,000 pound gold threaded stage curtain;
  • Recreation of the Ruth Reeves original wall coverings in the auditorium, which contained lush pattern of singers, instruments and images;
  • Retuning and refurbishing of the 4,178 pipe Wurlitzer organ and refitting both organ consoles;
  • Restoring the dramatic gold-tinted leaf ceiling with color sequence lighting radiating from the sunrise rings that frame the proscenium arch;
  • Upgrades to the, at the time, 67-year old vacuum-tube dimming system to a computer-controlled system;
  • Upgrade of the elaborate 3-elevator hydraulic stage system, whose designs were used by U.S. Navy aircraft-carrier designers during World War II;
  • Installation of a new computerized sound console and advanced under balcony speaker systems;
  • Upgrade of all public areas of the building, including the marquee; all of the men’s and women’s lounges, the Art Deco ticket lobby, carpeting, metallic ceiling finishes, architectural and decorative lighting and restoration of all murals and furnishings;
  • Recreation of the original Donald Deskey interiors and historic fabrications;
  • Creation of a power room to support state of the art cabling system for the auditorium, stage and front of house.
  • Upgrade to the original building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, cooling, ventilation and fire protection systems; environmental and infrastructure improvements and compliance with ADA requirements.

 

BEACON THEATRE

MSG’s comprehensive renewal of this beloved New York landmark restored the venue to its original 1929 grandeur, fulfilling the commitment the company made to New York when it acquired the theatre in November, 2006. The restored Beacon Theatre now joins Radio City Music Hall, also fully restored in 1999, as one of New York’s most revered theatres, in The Madison Square Garden Company’s unmatched portfolio of world-class venues.

The comprehensive restoration of the Beacon Theatre, a 2,800-seat venue located in Manhattan, focused on all historic, interior public spaces of the building, backstage and back-of-house areas, and was based on extensive historic research, as well as detailed, on-site examination of original, decorative painting techniques that had been covered by decades-old layers of paint. Over the course of the restoration process, more than 1,000 artisans, craftsmen and tradesmen worked on this comprehensive project. Read more

Specific elements included:

  • Richly detailed Rotunda Lobby, including restoration of the “scagliola” faux marble wainscot and recreation of the long-lost mural over the entrance doors
  • Historic finishes in the lobbies at each theater level
  • Original historic seats and custom patterned carpet based on the original designs
  • Polychromatic, Moorish-inspired “tent-like” main theater ceiling
  • All murals throughout theatre to original design
  • Sunburst proscenium valence that runs along perimeter of auditorium ceiling, including renovation of the original back-lit lighting effects
  • One-of-a-kind sculptures of animals; masks; urns; statues of Greek martial women, and instruments of war that decorate the sides of the proscenium arch
  • Original ornate lighting fixtures and chandeliers
  • Richly ornate cornices, ceiling molding and paneling, and marble baseboards
  • Decorative elements including pilasters, scrolled brackets and medallions
  • Walls and ceilings to their original glazed finish
  • Original, thirty-foot high Venetian-inspired chandelier and re-activating the original integral lighting effects

Additional theatre improvements included:

  • Replacing entire stage flooring
  • Acoustic improvements including upgraded sound system and installation of additional speakers
  • Upgraded concession stands and renovated public restrooms
  • Renovation of all backstage dressing rooms and creation of a first-ever Star Dressing room and Green room