HoopsHype Madison Square Garden rumors

October 20, 2011 Updates

The Knicks and Rangers each got modern, oval locker rooms, complete with stylized versions of the famous Garden roof on their ceilings. By this time next year, phase two will produce a rebuilt upper bowl seating area that is pitched more steeply, improving sight lines, and 58 new suites in the middle level of the arena. Despite all that, reporters peppered Ratner with questions about the project's most discussed feature, one not due until 2013: two "bridges'' that will span the arena across the 10th floor. They will seat about 500 fans on each side (with room for others to stroll behind them) and hang over the seating area, not the ice or court. Newsday

October 12, 2011 Updates

The biggest losers of the NBA lockout may turn out to be Madison Square Garden’s shareholders. MSG, the publicly traded company that owns the famous arena, the New York Knicks and the MSG sports network, is facing a $70 million revenue hit if the league’s entire 82-game season is a wash, according to expert estimates. The loss of the first two weeks of the season, which would have started Nov. 2 against the Miami Heat, will put as much as a $10 million dent in MSG’s revenues, according to estimates. New York Post

October 5, 2011 Updates

Madison Square Garden is planning a large-scale renovation that is expected to be completed in time for the 2013-14 Knicks and Rangers seasons. Newsday

August 15, 2011 Updates
August 9, 2011 Updates

The rebuilding of the Knicks roster has been at a complete standstill since July 1 because of the NBA lockout. The rebuilding of their home at Madison Square Garden has plowed on 24/7. Activity hasn’t stopped since the morning it started, the day after the Knicks season ended in a four-game playoff loss to Boston. This morning, I was taken on a tour by project officials -- led by MSG's executive VP of sports and arena renovation Joel Fisher -- to see the progress of James Dolan’s baby. About 1,200 construction workers are transforming the Garden round the clock on three separate shifts spanning the 24-hour day. Even after just one summer and the first of three phases, the Garden will be an unrecognizable place in late October when the doors reopen for the first time, whether it be for a Rangers or Knicks preseason game. (Bet on the Rangers opening the place). New York Post

April 11, 2011 Updates

Joakim Noah spent his formative years here after living in France as a youth and is hoping a return to his beloved Madison Square Garden might help snap him out of a recent malaise. "Playing here is unbelievable for me," the Chicago Bulls center said. "I remember being a little kid and coming and sitting all the way up top watching the games. I saw Larry Johnson hit that four-point play. I was here when Michael Jordan came back and kicked our (butt). I was in this building a lot. Chicago Tribune

March 24, 2011 Updates

His brother's name was so famously chanted through this building and he held the significance of the arena in the highest regard. But Stan Van Gundy harbors no such reverence for the Garden. "I've never understood the whole hype with Madison Square Garden," Van Gundy told Orlando reporters after practice on Tuesday in New York. Newsday

March 13, 2011 Updates

If you want to purchase season tickets to watch Carmelo Anthony and the new-look New York Knicks play next season, you're going to have to pony up. Madison Square Garden announced Friday that the price of Knicks season tickets will increase by an average of 49 percent for the 2011-2012 season. ESPN.com

February 2, 2011 Updates
December 9, 2010 Updates
November 5, 2010 Updates

After receiving assurance from the city and environmental experts regarding the safety of the arena for our customers and employees, all events at Madison Square Garden, beginning with Friday night’s Knicks game, will go on as scheduled. We have been working with the appropriate experts to confirm the arena is safe since debris fell during overnight work Monday. We will announce the rescheduled date for the postponed Knicks v. Magic game, in conjunction with the NBA, in the near future. We would like to thank the city for their assistance in this matter, and appreciate the patience of our fans. NBA.com

November 4, 2010 Updates

Madison Square Garden will reopen Friday night for the New York Knicks' game against Washington following an asbestos scare that forced the postponement of a game Tuesday night. ``After receiving assurance from the city and environmental experts regarding the safety of the arena for our customers and employees, all events at Madison Square Garden, beginning with Friday night's Knicks game, will go on as scheduled,'' arena officials said in a statement Wednesday. ``We have been working with the appropriate experts to confirm the arena is safe since debris fell during overnight work Monday. We will announce the rescheduled date for the postponed Knicks vs. Magic game, in conjunction with the NBA, in the near future. We would like to thank the city for their assistance in this matter, and appreciate the patience of our fans.'' AOLNews

D'Antoni was already at the Garden on Tuesday when he learned the game was postponed. Stoudemire was still home when he was alerted to it via e-mail, while Felton was about to leave when director of team operations Chris Bernard called and told him the game was off. "And I'm like, 'Man, you're kidding me. Stop playing with me,' " Felton said. "He's like, 'No, for real, the game is canceled.' " Said Stoudemire, "I've never really been a part of a situation where there was something wrong with the arena. But I think it'll be OK. It's no big deal." Felton still ventured into Manhattan to get something to eat, while Stoudemire stayed home and watched TV. D'Antoni and Donnie Walsh both watched basketball, with the coach watching game tape on the Bulls. Felton, meanwhile, insisted that he wouldn't be worried or concerned about safety once MSG re-opened. "If they told me we're playing there, that means they would take care of it," he said. "I'm going to trust that they did it." New York Post

November 2, 2010 Updates

The Knicks have contacted the Prudential Center to discuss the feasibility of moving their game Friday night against the Washington Wizards to the Newark facility, but the Madison Square Garden asbestos cleanup is expected to be completed by Wednesday. An NBA official, who requested anonymity because he is not at liberty to speak for the Knicks or Devils, who manage the Prudential Center, said that MSG operations firmly believes it will resolve the Garden problem "very soon," and that tonight’s Knicks-Orlando Magic postponement will be the only event that requires rescheduling. “They believe they can get this cleaned up by Wednesday, and they won’t have to move any games -- they'll just have to reschedule the Magic game,” the official said. “But if it gets on past Thursday, the Knicks said they’ll get back to the people in Newark.” Newark Star-Ledger

The New York Knicks game against the Orlando Magic set for Tuesday has been postponed, the team announced. Maintenance was being performed at Madison Square Garden following Monday's New York Rangers game which included "cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling," according to the team. Some debris fell into the arena. After consulting with the NBA, the Knicks decided to postpone the game for safety reasons. They said they will work with experts to determine when the arena can reopen. "As the safety of our customers and employees are our top priority, we will not reopen the Garden until we are absolutely assured the arena is safe," the team said in a statement. ESPN.com

Here is the official statement from Madison Square Garden: Following last night’s Rangers game, during overnight maintenance of Madison Square Garden, which included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling, some debris fell into the Arena. Out of an abundance of caution, and after consulting with the NBA, we are postponing tonight’s Knicks v. Magic game. We will be working with the city and independent experts, ATC Associates and GCI Environmental Advisory, to evaluate and determine the most appropriate course of action. As the safety of our customers and employees are our top priority, we will not reopen the Garden until we are absolutely assured the Arena is safe. Ticketholders are advised to retain their tickets, and to go to nyknicks.com for rescheduling information. We will announce information about future events as soon as they have been determined. Madison Square Garden apologizes for any inconvenience. Orlando Sentinel

October 28, 2010 Updates

Stern said the $500 million summer renovations to Madison Square Garden, where the draft has been held since 2001, may have prompted the league to look for other venues, but also credited Newark for making a strong push to become the host. Other cities will have the opportunity to acquire the draft in future seasons, Stern said. "We're going to negotiate with the Garden and the mayor (Booker)," Stern said. "This is for this year and we don't have a draft facility. We don't have a place to hold the next draft. "I think the Garden (will be renovated) for a couple of summers," he continued. "But we do have a lot of attractive offers, so we don't want to give it up to the mayor quite yet." HoopsWorld

August 15, 2010 Updates

Carlos Arroyo scored 16 points to lead Puerto Rico to a 92-76 exhibition victory over China at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Elias Ayuso and Peter John Ramos added 12 points each for Puerto Rico, while J.J. Barea had 11 points and 10 assists. Puerto Rico built a 16-point lead midway through the third quarter, then pulled away again after China wiped most of it away by the end of the period. ESPN.com

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