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Madison Square Garden has sent through official pictures of the transformed Madison Square Garden

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https://twitter.com/NY_KnicksPR/status/383681441390813184

The Knicks will open the fully renovated MSG on 10/25 with a preseason game against the Bobcats.

The Rangers home opener is 10/28 against Montreal.

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At NorthJersey.com, John Brennan writes that with the lockout the Rangers are potentially missing out on the most lucrative season in franchise history.

He notes that with the second phase of the transformation at MSG completed and all of the new seats and suites put the revenue from ticket sales was supposed to be much larger.

Brennan also writes that the addition of Rick Nash could be the final piece of the puzzle for the Rangers and how that could/would lead to larger revenues.

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New York, NY, November 2, 2012 ? Madison Square Garden unveils today the second phase of the Arena?s historic, three-year top-to-bottom Transformation. The New York Knicks will take the court against the Miami Heat tonight for the first event in the newly transformed Arena. Construction on the second phase of the Transformation began on May 26. During the offseason shutdown more than 1000 construction workers worked around the clock to transform the upper bowl of the Arena.

Phase II of The Garden Transformation includes a completely new seating configuration in the upper bowl of the Arena, offering larger, more comfortable seats and significantly improved sightlines as the incline for the upper bowl increases 17 degrees, moving fans seven to 10 feet, or nearly three rows, closer to the action. The new expanded Garden Concourse (8th floor) includes city views in select areas, additional restrooms and retail locations, and new first-class food and beverage options. Final work was completed on the Madison Concourse (6th floor), including the addition of an homage to The Garden?s 133 year history with the ?Garden 366? visual retrospective showcasing a moment in Garden history for every day of the year, and special exhibits celebrating 10 of the 20 top ?Defining Moments? at The Garden. The second 10 ?Defining Moments? will debut next season on the Garden Concourse. The new Lexus Madison Suite Level (7th floor) features 58 new Madison Level Suites that will open throughout the 2012-13 seasons, along with the new Madison Club presented by Foxwoods, both located as close as 23 rows away from the action. The Madison Club presented by Foxwoods is a new all-inclusive, membership-only club that includes access to more than 100 sporting events held at The Garden.

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In the NY Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that after 20 years, the blue seats at Madison Square Garden have finally returned.

He writes that many people were consulted so that the shade of blue used on the seats was the exact same as it was when the seats were first in Madison Square Garden.

Former Ranger Nick Fotiu said of the blue seats "Rangers fans bleed blue, but there is a special pride that comes with sitting in the blue seats. They are like heaven to Rangers fans.?

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via MSG on FB

Seth notes on twitter that some parts of the upper bowl will still need to be renovated during the season.

5:29PM:

https://twitter.com/K92moore/status/233676224491302913
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8:14PM: Neil Best writes in Newsday that the upper bowl seats are ten feet closer to the playing surface and 17 degrees steeper.

He notes "the concourse that used to ring the arena on the inside is gone, meaning no more obstructions for fans seated toward the front of the upper bowl."

3:49PM: Chris Botta tweets "Blue Seats back at MSG. 1,000 seats in upper level, in blue of old, avail this season as part of MSG reno Phase 2"

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Deadspin notes that last night there was a small fire at Madison Square Garden. They note "Looks like everything is okay. DNAinfo.com reports that there were no injuries, and it only took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control. "
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The Rangers WILL NOT open next season in Europe do to concerns about the CBA negotiations.

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4PM: The Rangers have sent through the following release on ticket information for next season.

The key points, in regards to the Rangers are:

  • Rangers tickets will increase an average of 9.5%. Price increases are primarily focused on upper bowl seats, reflecting the new amenities and improved sightlines in the upper bowl.
  • The upper bowl will offer larger, more comfortable seating and significantly improved sightlines as the incline for the upper bowl will increase 17 degrees, moving fans seven to 10 feet, or nearly three rows, closer to the action. Season ticket holders will be relocated to new seats accordingly.
  • In addition, Knicks and Rangers fans will experience the return of the Blue Seats, which was a frequent request from fans during the planning of the Transformation. The Blue Seats will be located in a section on the west side of the building and be authentic to the color of the original Blue Seats.
  • Season tickets will be offered at 23 different price points for Rangers
  • The renewal deadline for Rangers is May 11
CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE to see a seating chart with prices.

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via Domenic who emailed me his list of Pro's and ?Con's of his experience at the Garden on Thursday:

**BRIDGES NEWS** I learned that the bridges will connect to the ends of the west end balcony and go to the other side.....SO that means if you are under the balcony in the 400s you will not be blocked by the bridges to garden vision views. Unfortunately, and those with season tickets on the west end in the 400s learned tonight, if you are anywhere behind I would say row E in the 400s, your not seeing garden vision because of the west balcony itself, and its a pretty crappy view.
So that answers some questions people have asked me about the bridge.
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Thursday night was something Rangers fans everywhere were looking forward to since April. ?While the game itself was was nothing to call home about, I was happy with how the renovation?transformation has gone so far.

  • One thing the Rangers promised with the renovations was better sight lines. Prior to the renovation, my family's seats were in Section 112 Row A. Our new seats in Section 114 Row 15 appear to be in the exact same location. ?The problem with our seats in 112 was that the "Legends Box" blocked our view of the goal. ?The new sight lines eliminate this obstruction.
  • The seats themselves are comfortable despite the slight decrease in leg room. Plus, they now have cup holders!
  • The Madison Concourse is wide open and very bright. I feel that the crowdedness was caused in part by many of the concessions being closed. It forced long lines at the few that were actually open which made it hard for people to walk. ?Additionally, the people who normally would have been walking around the concourse between the purple seats and the 100s level last year no longer had that option.
  • The new West Balcony was pretty cool. I didn't get a chance to watch the game from up there but the view was awesome. I'd love to watch a game from up there.
  • The new concession stands will begin opening in mid November.
I feel that the criticism The Rangers are getting from fans in the 300s and 400s ?is undeserved. There seems to be some sort of perceived injustice being carried out against what some refer to as the "true fans." First of all, the notion that true fans only sit in a certain place is ridiculous. Second of all, this is an ongoing construction project that has been very widely publicized and has been a long time coming. ?The fact that people are saying this is a money grab by the Dolans and Cablevision is insane. The Dolans are paying for the renovations entirely on their own. They have wanted to build a new Madison Square Garden for many years now.

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Update: 3:32PM: Evan, who has six seats in section 112 writes:

- In all of the new arenas, the leg room ?is less than in the "old MSG" due to the steepness of the gradient. ?Better sight lines (and the sight lines were much much improved) mean you have to go up instead of out and within a confined space, that means by definition, less width for leg room, especially because the Garden wants to maximize seating in the arena bowl itself. ?If anyone has ever seen a game at the Rock or at Verizon Center in Washington, they should understand.

- On the new Madison concourse, when all of the concessions are open, it will be fantastic and the lines won't be horrendous at all

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When the media were given a tour of Madison Square Garden last week, Newsday sports media writer Neil Best apparently stepped on the Rangers humongous logo in the locker room.

Best explains that Hank Ratner, CEO of The Garden, told the reporters not to step on the logo but small pieces of his shoe touched the logo.

CLICK HERE to see Best and the logo.

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Pat Leonard tweets that domestic beer, Bud Light, at MSG is going to be $9.50 for this season.

Imported beer, Heineken, will be $10.

Both are 22 ounces.

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Update: 10:57AM:

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Original Post: As Madison Square Garden reopens on Thursday for the Rangers home opener, one of the most talked about features of the new MSG won't be premiering.

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A week from tonight the Rangers will return home and open up the renovated Madison Square Garden. Members of the media were given a tour yesterday and Lynn Zinser of the?NY Times said that while the concourses are wider, the actual arena renovations haven't changed the place that much

"From inside the arena bowl, the only noticeable difference is the new seats in the lower section, which are larger and cushier and a darker blue color. The upper deck renovations scheduled for next summer will significantly change the feel of the inside because the upper seats will be much closer to the playing surface. After Year 3, two catwalks will hang over the floor as well, with seating and a walkway for fans."
It had. been said that MSG would be unrecognizable.

MSG Company President Hank Ratner says that the idea was to keep the feel of the old MSG:

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Update:135PM

http://youtu.be/UdLvbJvNjz0

Original Post: 1:35PMvia Andrew Gross

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Update: 4:51PM Al Trautwig gives an update on some of the changes

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At 5-Hole, Eric points out that season tickets in the 300 and 400 levels are actually cheaper this season because fans aren't paying for preseason games.

He says that a season ticket holder in the 400's would save $29 this season as opposed to last season and that discounts in the 300 level range from $45 to $57.

That is a nice little break for those season ticket holders this season.

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"Let's not kid ourselves; we'll be bouncing around Europe in the pre-season and opening regular season games before we return to The Garden. Then there's the Winter Classic which will demand a lot of attention. With all those things going on, we're going to have to keep our focus and improve each and every day."

Tortorella to Stan Fischler at MSG

So while the NHL hasn't announced the game, John Tortorella is the latest to confirm the Rangers will be in the Winter Classic.

Focus is the key word for this season. The Rangers are the same team as they were last season, plus Brad Richards, Mike Rupp and maybe Tim Erixon, and that will help them deal with all of the distractions that they will come to face. They know each other. They care for each other and they know what is now at stake. They look at the roster and they think they can play with the big boys at the top . They need to look at these trips as just hockey games. They are the same two points in Europe and Western Canada that they would be at MSG or anywhere else. The Winter Classic is the same thing. There is hype and hoopla around it, but it's only a two point game and the approach should be the same as it would be for any other game.

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That would be pretty awesome. I was at the 1998 NBA all-star game. It was a really cool experience.

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In the NY Post, Knicks beat writer Marc Berman was given a tour of the Madison Square Garden to check out the progress of the renovations that are going on.

He says that the place will be unrecognizable when it re-opens.

Berman says that there are about 1,200 workers who work 24 hours a day in three shifts and that they are ahead of schedule.

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