It’s renovation time for another New York sports venue and the old Madison Square Garden seats are being sold off to make way for new ones. The $850 million makeover is aimed at keeping the home of the Knicks and Rangers viable for the future.
The teal and fuchsia-colored chairs date to the early 1990s. They’re being offered at $869 a pair or $549.99 for a single seat.
“While construction crews work around the clock to transform The World’s Most Famous Arena into the world’s most spectacular arena, we were intent on preserving some history for our best and most loyal fans,” said Scott O’Neil, president of MSG. “We have the seat you sat in for the ’94 Stanley Cup run and Larry Johnson’s 4-point play, and the seat you stood next to when you went to see Elton John or Billy Joel for the fifth time.”
“MSG-Steiner Collectibles is offering these seats as well as other one-of-a-kind pieces that represent not just Madison Square Garden’s history, but New Yorkers and visitors from around the world’s history at Madison Square Garden.”
The seats are being sold at PieceoftheGarden.com.
“What a showcase item,” said Brandon Steiner. “It will be a kick to watch a game televised on MSG Network at home, sitting in a Garden chair.”
Madison Square Garden is currently undergoing a comprehensive top-to-bottom transformation that will make the Arena a state-of-the-art building. During the current Knicks and Rangers offseason the arena is shut down to complete work on the lower bowl. Those seats will be the first to be sold.
When the building opens for the 2011-12 seasons it will include all new lower bowl seating area, expanded Madison Concourse (lower concourse) with city views and additional food and beverage offerings, all new Event Level Suites and club spaces. The current Madison Square Garden opened in 1968; this is the fourth location for the Arena. Additional memorabilia from The Garden will be available through MSG-Steiner Collectibles at a later date.
Game-used 2011 Playoff Jerseys worn by both Knicks and Rangers players are also being sold.