Madison Square Garden 1879 - 1968
The current Madison Square Garden above Penn Station is the fourth entertainment arena with that name in New York City. The Garden's roots trace back to the northeast corner of Madison Square, where the first two Madison Square Gardens stood, starting with the first, built in 1879.
Madison Square Garden I (1879 - 1890)
Madison Square Garden II (1890 - 1925)
Madison Square Garden III
Located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th streets, the arena was built in 1925 and took the name from the original Gardens which were located on Madison Square. Unlike its ornate predecessor built by the famous architect Stanford White, the 1925 MSG was a plain box-shaped building that held over 18,000 spectators. Despite its simple appearance the Garden had many notable events in its 40-year career. A year after its opening in 1926, the Garden’s owner Tex Rickard started an NHL franchise to play in the arena along with his current successful team, the New York Americans. The origin of the new hockey team’s name came from the owner, dubbed Tex’s Rangers but soon became known simply as the New York Rangers. Other notable events include the first NBA game in 1925. In 1968 the Garden was moved to the current venue above the original Pennsylvania Railroad Station and the structure on Eighth Avenue was torn down. Despite plans to build the world’s tallest building, the lot stood vacant, used as a parking lot until Worldwide Plaza was built in 1989.