The History of New York's Madison Square Garden
So, how did this arena become so famous? It all dates to the 1800's when a square in New York City was called Madison Square, named after President James Madison. Nearby, a facility was built in 1879 to facilitate larger crowds and was leased to the great P.T. Barnum. However, it did not have a roof and was subject to inclimate weather. This led to other versions of what is now called Madison Square Garden. Other versions were built in 1890, 1925 and the current location in 1968.
The arena has been the scene of some of the most iconic events in sports and entertainment history. The arena has been the home to the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. Each of the teams have won championships in the arena. Also, the arena has been the scene for championship boxing matches, including the first Frazier/Ali match, sold out wrestling show, including the first Wrestlemania and many concerts.
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