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Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Carmelo Anthony Likes the New Madison Square Garden


Carmelo got a chance to see MSG being torn up and rebuilt from up close, and he likes what he sees so far. Good thing, too, since it’s going to cost the organization (and New York Knicks fans) a fortune to rebuild the World’s Most Famous Arena. From the NY Post: “Carmelo Anthony says if the Knicks work half as hard as the construction crews rebuilding Madison Square Garden, the team will breeze through next season. ‘I can’t complain about my summer after seeing what these guys have been doing,’ the star forward said of the $850 million construction site. ‘They’re working 24/7 to get this thing done.’ A thousand construction workers have been splitting round-the-clock shifts to complete the first phase of the renovation, which includes a completely new lower bowl, new locker rooms and event-level suites for the home of the Knicks, Rangers and St. John’s … New dark, almost Yankees-blue seats have been installed throughout the lower bowl, and over the next two years will be added throughout the arena. But the seating won’t be entirely monochrome, MSG president Hank Ratner said. Roughly 1,000 lighter blue seats will be installed in the upper bowl to pay homage to the ones way up in the rafters which were once the MSG equivalent of the Yankee Stadium bleachers. ‘How many arenas have been around since 1879,’ Ratner said. ‘The blue seats are part of honoring that history.’ The 20 new event-level suites, which are all under contract to ‘a who’s who of corporate America,’ are located directly below the seats and open right onto the lower bowl, Ratner said. ‘These are nicer and bigger than most Manhattan apartments,’ he said.”

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  • Jwizz

    allstar weekend in the new msg!

  • Riggs

    its PANDARIFFIC!

  • NJ4Life

    Please. This renovation isn’t adding much, save for two idiotic arena “bridges”. This is all an attempt to compete with the Nets’ billion dollar Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • vtrobot

    what the big deal, the knicks can cover that cost with a year and half’s profits. can’t wait to see it. amazing building.

  • bike

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • bull22

    its takes rat to know a rat trap, lol. stinky and smelliest area in league..

  • bull22

    it needs to be renamed the “DIRTY MECCA OF LOSERS”…..

  • Darren

    can’t wait to see the confetti raining down next June…(maybe)

  • bull22

    @darren, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that makes for a good laugh for the day,
    you,zoom and run’n'gun are very delusional. no title next year or the year after….

  • seriousblack

    Bulls22, I’d live in the dirtiest, most rat infested subway station in NY before I’d move to your boring, wannabe NY city.

  • Darren

    thats why i said maybe loser, tho i’d bet anything that NY wins before chicago, the bulls time came and went in the 90′s.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Damn, THINGS DONE CHANGED! The WMFA simply must be renovated for that upocoming confeti that’ll be raining down on Stat, Melo and Smooth parading around the GARDEN each taking a turn holding the Larry O’brien Trophy, and it’s back where it belongs, in the Mecca! Tears of joy! Champs!

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