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Let's Keep Madison Square Garden Where It Belongs

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Madison Square Garden, if you have ever had interest in sports at all you know the arena. You may have not visited or seen a sporting event there but an arena with known as the 'Worlds Most Famous Arena" does not receive a nickname like that for trivial reasons. Boxing events such as the first Ali-Frazier bout took place here, John Lennons' final concert appearance, The Police's final show of their reunion tour, The inaugural WrestleMania and WrestleMania 20 both were held there. It is the home to The New York Rangers, an "Original Six" team. The New York Knickerbockers, better known as The New York Knicks also call MSG home. Both play 41 home games a season and are a part of the city's "fabric". Elton John, who has the most appearances at the venue with 62 has stated "Madison Square Garden is my favorite venue in the whole world, I chose to have my 60th birthday concert there, because of all the incredible memories I've had playing the venue." In the same interview Billy Joel who has the most consecutive appearances with 12 said "Madison Square Garden is the center of the universe as far as I'm concerned. It has the best acoustics, the best audiences, the best reputation, and the best history of great artists who have played there, it is the iconic, holy temple of Rock and Roll for most touring acts and, being a New Yorker, it holds a special significance to me. I'm honored to hold the record for Most Consecutive Nights Ever Sold at this world famous venue." The arena also hosts the Big East Men's Basketball Conference Tournament and finals of the National Invitation Tournament. A place with this kind of history is etched in the memory of the performers and athletes that have put on shows or sacrificed to help the team win for the fans, often referred to as "The Garden Faithful" of the Rangers, Knicks, and now also the New York Liberty. I for one would not want to see a place that holds so many memories, some that are of my own, be moved at the behest of politicians who just want to make a name for themselves or are just trying to get their name in the papers for the sake of a vote. New York City has a real and legitimate concern about Penn Station but moving "MSG" is not the answer. Part of the grandeur of arriving at Penn Station is knowing that you are a few stairs or a short escalator ride from "The Worlds Most Famous Arena"


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