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Our Commitment to Your Health & Safety

We are thrilled to welcome you back to Madison Square Garden!

Our doors are open again and The Garden is ready to rock! Live entertainment is the backbone of the arts in New York City, and its return is so important to our city’s recovery. Your health and safety remain our top priority, and we have worked closely with state and health officials to ensure we have the strongest operating protocols, with the goal of providing a safe and enjoyable experience.

Last Updated: June 24, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. ET: Please note that we are following New York State mandates, which are subject to change, so continue to check back for the latest information. COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements will vary by show, so be sure to check your specific event page to confirm details of your event: View calendar

What Do I Need To Know?

Welcome back! We are committed to the goal of providing all of our guests a safe and enjoyable experience. We appreciate your cooperation!

Here are some of the most important things you should know.

Planning for your event:

  • New York State has updated its guidelines for venues with greater than a 5,000-seat capacity.  According to the new guidelines:
    • The Garden is now able to host 100% capacity events without social distancing.
    • To do this, The Garden can host either fully vaccinated events, or events with vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections.
    • Please make sure to check the requirements for your specific show on the event page: View calendar

Fully vaccinated events

  • All guests will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, meaning the day of your event is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. The only exception is for children under the age of 16, who may provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, or full vaccination, to attend a fully vaccinated event when accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Events with vaccinated and unvaccinated seating

  • Guests will need to provide proof of full vaccination, or proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, depending on their seating location. For unvaccinated guests – antigen COVID-19 tests must be taken within six hours of the event start time, and PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of the day of the event.
    • Vaccinated guests are permitted to sit in unvaccinated sections, but similar to unvaccinated guests, will be required to wear a face covering while seated, except while actively eating or drinking.

A new way to enter:

  • Digital tickets can be accessed and displayed via the MSG Venue App or Ticketmaster App. Make sure you download the MSG Venue App (Download: App Store | Google Play) or the Ticketmaster App (Download: App Store | Google Play) before you arrive to facilitate contactless entry.
  • To control crowd flow, doors will open at least 90 minutes prior to the event.
  • To minimize traffic, guests will be directed to recommended entrances based on seat locations – this information will be clearly displayed on your digital ticket.
  • On the day of the event, guests will have to provide proof of full vaccination or negative test result on their smartphone, through a physical copy or through the New York State Excelsior Pass (https://epass.ny.gov), along with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.

Safety protocols inside the venue:

  • Unvaccinated guests, including children, are required to wear face coverings, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Vaccinated guests do not need to wear face coverings in The Garden, unless they are seated in an unvaccinated section – where they will need to wear a face covering, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Bags are not permitted in the venue, with the exception of personal items such as small pocketbooks and purses, no larger than 10”x 8”x 6”.
  • For food and beverage and merchandise, we are offering cashless options for in-venue purchases via credit cards and mobile payment  (Apple Pay and Google Pay).

Ticketing Information

What are the seating options? Will there be social distancing between groups?

Per New York State guidelines for venues with greater than a 5,000-seat capacity, The Garden is now able to host 100% capacity events with no social distancing. To reach full capacity, events will either require all guests to be fully vaccinated, or offer separate vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections.

For fully vaccinated events, all guests will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, meaning the day of your event is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. The only exception is for children under the age of 16, who may provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, or full vaccination, to attend a fully vaccinated event when accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

For events offering vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections, guests will need to provide proof of full vaccination, or proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, depending on their seating location. For unvaccinated guests – antigen COVID-19 tests must be taken within six hours of the event start time, and PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of the day of the event.

Requirements will vary by event, so please make sure to visit the event page to confirm the requirements for your specific show: View calendar

For events with unvaccinated seating sections, where are those seats located? How will I know if I’m purchasing a seat in a vaccinated or unvaccinated section?

Seating maps vary by event. But vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections will be clearly indicated during the ticket purchase process, as you will need to select either vaccinated or unvaccinated seating from a dropdown menu to review ticket options for your event prior to purchase.

Will there be ADA seats available?

Accessible seating for those eligible to purchase tickets may be secured by contacting the Madison Square Garden Disabled Services Department at 888-609-7599, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Accessible seating will be available at fully vaccinated events, and at events with vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections, in both areas.

How will I get my tickets?

To facilitate contactless entry, digital tickets are accepted and all guests should download the MSG Venue App or the Ticketmaster App before they arrive to display their ticket.

Do I need to have a smartphone to display my ticket to enter the event? Can I show more than one ticket on the same phone?

Yes, digital tickets must be presented on your smartphone via the MSG Venue App or the Ticketmaster App, which should be downloaded in advance. Guests can display more than one ticket on the same smartphone.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

Tickets can be transferred via the MSG Venue App or the Ticketmaster App.

As a reminder, on the day of the event each guest must present proof from a healthcare provider demonstrating they meet the requirements of their event and seating section.

•  For fully vaccinated events, this means the date of your event is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. The only exception is for children under the age of 16, who may provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, or full vaccination
•  For unvaccinated seating sections, this means proof of a negative antigen COVID-19 test (taken within six hours of the event start time) or a PCR COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the day of the event).

What is the refund policy? How do I request a refund?

Please contact Guest Relations at: 212-465-6225 or guestrelations@msg.com regarding the refund policy for your specific event or for any additional questions regarding event policies.

Please note that – depending on the event type – any ticketholder without proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, will not be permitted in the venue.

Additional Ticketing Information

Box office. Our Box Office is currently closed.  For any questions regarding tickets bought through the Box Office, please call 212-465-6225.

Children’s tickets. If you’re taking your little one who has reached their second birthday to an event at Madison Square Garden they are required to have a ticket. Note, for certain family events, children who have reached their first birthday require a ticket. Any child attending without a ticket under these policies may not occupy their own separate seat and must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Lost or stolen tickets. If you’ve lost your tickets or they’ve been stolen before your event takes place, please return to your point of purchase for assistance.

Ticket resales. Please note that New York law prohibits the resale of tickets within 1,500 feet from Madison Square Garden. Unlawful resale can be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements

What are the vaccination or testing requirements for attending an event?

Vaccination and testing requirements will vary by event:

•  For fully vaccinated events, the day of your event must be at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
•  For events with vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections, to sit in a vaccinated section, the day of your event must be at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. To sit in an unvaccinated section, you must provide proof of a negative antigen COVID-19 test (taken within six hours of the event start time) or a PCR COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the day of the event).
        •  Vaccinated guests are permitted to sit in unvaccinated sections, but similar to unvaccinated guests, will be required to wear a face covering while seated, except while actively eating or drinking.
•  Children under the age of 16 are eligible to attend both types of events, and may provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, or full vaccination.

Please make sure to visit the event page to confirm the requirements for your specific event: View calendar

For all guests, your documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination or test, and you can display your proof on your smartphone or present a physical copy. In addition, The Garden welcomes the New York State Excelsior Pass (https://epass.ny.gov), which provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. To help us ensure a fast and efficient entry, we ask that guests using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app download the app in advance and log in prior to your visit so you have access to your documentation before arriving at the venue.

For all options, anyone 18 years or older must also present a government-issued ID such as driver’s license or passport. Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally-issued ID.

Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change, so continue to check back here closer to your event date for current guidelines.

Which vaccines are accepted for entry?

We accept proof of vaccination of any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines 

 

 

 

Onsite Experience Questions

What safety protocols are in place at The Garden?

Your health and safety remain our top priority, and we have worked closely with state and health officials to develop the strongest operating protocols with the goal of providing a safe and enjoyable experience.

At fully vaccinated events, guests must provide:

•  Proof from a healthcare provider that your event is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
•  For children under the age of 16 accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test or full vaccination.
•  Appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
•  Unvaccinated children will need to wear face coverings except while actively eating or drinking.

For events with vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections, all guests must provide, depending on the requirements for your seating section:

•  Proof from a healthcare provider that your event is at least 14 daysafter your final vaccine dose OR a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test.
•  Appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
•  Unvaccinated guests, including children, will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in The Garden, except while actively eating or drinking.
•  Vaccinated guests seated in an unvaccinated section will also be required to wear a face covering while seated, except while actively eating or drinking.

Other protocols include:

•  Recommended entrances based on seat locations, to minimize traffic
•  Cashless options for transactions for in-venue purchases
•  Usage of mandated MERV-13 air filters
•  “Always-on” cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces throughout venue
•  EPA approved cleaning products readily available for employees and guests
•  Hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the venue

Guests who are permitted entry to The Garden, and subsequently refuse to comply with or violate our policies, will be asked to leave and their tickets will not be refunded.

What is the requirement for children to attend an event?

Children under the age of 16 will be permitted to attend events if they provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, or full vaccination. To attend a fully vaccinated event, children must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Unvaccinated children will need to wear face coverings at all times, except while actively eating or drinking.

What is the policy regarding face coverings?

At fully vaccinated events, face coverings are not required, except for unvaccinated children, who will need to wear face coverings, except while actively eating or drinking.

At events with vaccinated and unvaccinated seating sections, unvaccinated guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in The Garden, except while actively eating or drinking.

•  Vaccinated guests are permitted to sit in unvaccinated sections, but similar to unvaccinated guests, will be required to wear a face covering while seated, except while actively eating or drinking.

Where will I enter The Garden?

To help facilitate a seamless entrance to The Garden, we have opened all main entrances. Your digital ticket will have information on which entrance to use based on your seating location, and we ask all guests to please use your recommended entrance location.

Can I bring a bag?

To help provide a safe experience, guests are not permitted to enter with bags larger than 10”x 8”x 6”. Small pocketbooks/purses are permitted. For guests with additional needs, please contact Guest Relations at: 212-465-6225 or guestrelations@msg.com.

Will merchandise be available for purchase?

Merchandise may be available for purchase at your event. We are offering cashless options for merchandise transactions, using credit cards or mobile payment, including Google Pay and Apple Pay.

Will food and beverage be available for purchase?

Food and beverage is available for purchase. Please note that we have cashless options for food and beverage transactions, allowing you to use your credit card or mobile payment, including Google Pay and Apple Pay. Food and beverage purchases are not available through the MSG Venue App.

Can I still use cash to make in-venue food and beverage and/or merchandise purchases at The Garden?

Yes. As part of our health and safety protocols we are offering cashless transaction options for all in-venue purchases, however cash is also accepted at several designated locations in The Garden.

Will restrooms be accessible throughout the venue?

Restrooms are open and available in multiple locations throughout The Garden. We have made a number of modifications as part of our comprehensive health and safety protocols to our restrooms, including extensive deep cleaning.

What if I still have more questions?

If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to Guest Relations at: 212-465-6225 or  guestrelations@msg.com.

 

 

Other FAQs

Alcohol Serving and Consumption

For most of our events at Madison Square Garden, alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. MSG staff is trained in the nationally recognized T.E.A.M. (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) Training program for responsible alcohol management. Alcohol sales will be limited per customer per transaction, based on the event. All guests may be required to show ID to purchase alcohol. Guests are not permitted to bring in alcoholic beverages from outside and may not leave with alcohol purchased inside MSG. Management reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcohol to any guest.

For New York Knicks & New York Rangers afternoon games:

  • Alcohol purchases will be limited to one beverage per person per transaction.
  • Alcohol and beer will only be served at permanent bars, beer pubs and select portable locations around the arena.
  • Alcohol sales will cease at the start of the third quarter for New York Knicks games and at the start of the third period for New York Rangers games.

Please be aware that it is the policy of MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment to require all guests who appear to be forty (40) years of age or younger to present a valid form of ID with proof of age in order to purchase alcoholic beverages at Madison Square Garden. Pursuant to applicable State law, we accept only the following forms of identification:

  • A valid driver’s license or non-driver identification card issued by the United States Government, a State Government, Commonwealth, Possession or Territory of the United States or a Provincial Government of Canada
  • A valid passport
  • A valid U.S. military ID

Animals

We love animals as much as you do, however, only service animals are permitted inside Madison Square Garden.

If you or a member of your party is bringing a service animal, we strongly recommend that you contact Madison Square Garden’s Disabled Services Department at 212.465.6034.  The venue offers seating locations throughout the arena and theater that will provide a dedicated space for the animal.

Bag Policy

To help provide a safe experience, guests are not permitted to enter with bags larger than 10”x 8”x 6”. Small pocketbooks/purses are permitted. For guests with additional needs, please contact Guest Relations at: 212-465-6225 or guestrelations@msg.com.

Cameras/Photography

We want you to be able to re-live the epic experiences you have at our venues, however, camera equipment can get in the way of your fellow fan’s enjoyment.

To respect all our guest’s experiences, video cameras, monopods, tripods, selfie sticks, audio recording devices and professional cameras (those including telephoto or zoom lenses) will not be permitted inside Madison Square Garden.

There are also instances when the artist prefers to perform in a phone-free environment; meaning cellphones, smart watches, cameras and recording devices will be prohibited.

Code of Conduct

  • Guests shall be respectful of others around them.
  • Guests shall avoid blocking the view of other Guests.
  • During some concerts, the artists may request that guests be permitted to stand immediately in front of their seats during the entirety of the performance. On those occasions, standing guests shall continue to be respectful of others around them and avoid blocking the view of other guests.
  • Guests shall not interfere with the event, the performers or the athletes in any way.
  • Guests shall refrain from using foul/offensive language, fighting, obscene gestures, throwing objects and engaging in other behavior detrimental to the experience of other guests.
  • Guests shall not walk around in the seating area until there is a stoppage in play (during sporting events).  Televisions are placed inside each entrance so that you may enjoy the game while you wait for a break in play. Please stand at the bottom of the stairs and do not block the view of those ticketholders who are seated.
  • Guests shall not stand on seats or any other building structure.
  • Guests shall not block the aisles.
  • Guests shall not occupy a seat or remain in an area for which they do not possess a valid ticket and shall provide their ticket upon request.
  • As required by the City of New York, guests shall not smoke anywhere in our facilities.
  • Guests who consume alcoholic beverages shall do so in a responsible manner.
  • Guests are encouraged to report inappropriate or offensive behavior to an Usher, Security Officer or Guest Experience Representative.
  • Guests shall comply with requests from arena staff regarding arena operational and emergency procedures.

The arena staff has been trained to intervene when deemed necessary and to use their best discretion to help ensure that guests who ignore the Code of Conduct do not interfere with other guests’ ability to enjoy an event. Guests who violate the Code of Conduct may be subject to ejection without refund and, to the extent their conduct constitutes a violation of law, may be subject to arrest. Season ticketholders may also be subject to having their season subscription revoked. We thank you for your cooperation.

 

Disabled Services

Meeting the needs of our guests with disabilities at Madison Square Garden is a never-ending commitment—we want to make your visit with us an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Please visit our Disabled Services page for a full range of our accommodations, programs and policies.

Emergency, In Case Of

Madison Square Garden is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all our guests. If there is an emergency, you can either call the security office at 212.465.6299 or the event manager’s office at 212.465.6292.

Families

Baby changing facilities. All restrooms are equipped with baby changing stations.

Strollers. You may bring strollers to events; however, please understand that these strollers must be collapsible and fit comfortably under your seat.

Nursing mothers. A mother may nurse her little one in any public location where she is comfortable and authorized to be (breast pumps are permitted). Nursing mothers seeking more discreet accommodations are welcome to use the family restrooms.

First Aid

The safety and well-being of our guests is very important to us—if you begin to feel ill or find that you require medical assistance, please see an usher immediately.

The Garden is equipped with Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) which are located throughout the building. Designated employees, including our medical staff, have been properly trained and certified to use AEDs.

Handouts/Leaflets/Vending

The distribution of promotional items, flyers, handbills or printed materials is not permitted without written permission of Madison Square Garden. In addition, vending, peddling or product sampling is not allowed.

Lost and Found

Whether you misplaced something before, during or after an event, we’re here to help. If you’ve lost something, please contact our security office at 212.465.6299 or speak with an usher or guest experience representative for further assistance. Click here to fill out our Lost & Found form.

Outside Food and Beverages

We’re all for you grabbing a bite to eat or a drink before making your way to The Garden for your event, however, any outside food and beverages (including cans and bottles) are not permitted inside.

Parking

Find parking for your event through ParkWhiz, the Official Parking App of Madison Square Garden, and book your space today. Click here to explore nearby garage and lot locations.

Going to an event at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden? Click here.

Prohibited Items

In addition to the above mentioned items, there are a few things that are not permitted inside Madison Square Garden:

* Weapons/Firearms/Knives
* Laser Pens
* Pepper Spray/Mace
* Signs and Banners
* Alcohol
* Selfie Sticks
* Video Cameras/Recording Devices
* Outside Food & Beverages
* Glass, Cans, Aluminum Bottles
* Hoverboards/Skateboards

Protective Netting (Hockey)

During hockey games at Madison Square Garden, protective netting is hung above the glass behind both goals. This precaution limits the amount of pucks that leave the ice and enter the seating area. Although the netting adds an extra precaution, MSG reminds you to stay alert at all times.

Pucks

Pucks that go into the stands during hockey games may be kept by the patron who catches the puck. Please note that while protective netting is put in place at each end of the rink, pucks may still go into the stands. The hockey pucks are made out of 100% vulcanized rubber and are chilled. When these pucks go into the stands they can cause serious injuries, so please stay alert at all times.

Security

At MSG, we place the safety and security of our guests above all else. For that reason, we continuously assess and upgrade security measures across all of our venues, including the recent introduction of more rigorous bag screenings.

Please plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to pass through security. Thank you in advance for helping us create a safe environment for you and our guests.

Smoking

In compliance with New York City regulations, there is no smoking, including electronic cigarettes, permitted anywhere in Madison Square Garden. This policy is strictly enforced. Violation of this regulation is grounds for ejection.

 

 

*Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change, so continue to check back for the latest information on COVID-19 protocols.