via: New York Daily News
Madison Square Garden now faces a 10-year shot clock to leave its midtown location.
The City Council voted Wednesday to limit the arena’s permit for its location atop Penn Station to a decade — ignoring pleas from the Garden’s owners and celebrities like Knicks superfan Spike Lee and former Knicks greats like Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier, who lobbied the Council to extend the Garden’s permit indefinitely.
Council members say they would rather see the Garden move to make way for an improved Penn Station and voted, 47 to 1, to offer the more limited permit, although it could be extended in the future.
“Madison Square Garden will have to move, and I think this permit sends the message that that work needs to begin now,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. “We need to make sure Penn Station becomes what we need it to be, a really 21st century grand entrance into the greatest city in the world, not ... what Sen. [Daniel] Moynihan or others historically described as a bunch of rat tunnels that lead people in and out of the city every day.”
Since the City Planning Department already approved the permit, the Council vote makes it final. It does not need a signoff from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Madison Square Garden Company predicted the arena has a “bright” future. “Madison Square Garden has operated at its current site for generations, and has been proud to bring New Yorkers some of the greatest and most iconic moments in sports and entertainment,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We now look forward to the reopening of the arena in fall 2013, following the completion of our historic, three-year, nearly billion-dollar transformation, which will ensure our future is as bright as our celebrated past.”
First off, props to the one person that voted no to moving the Worlds Most Famous Arena. Second, let me mention that the current Garden location is not it's original location, we'll let Wikipedia explain:
Madison Square is formed by the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street in Manhattan, and was named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States. It was the site of two venues called Madison Square Garden, the first from 1879 to 1890, and the second from 1890 to 1925. A third Madison Square Garden opened in a new location, on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, from 1925 to 1968.
On February 11, 1968, the current Madison Square Garden (sometimes referred to as Madison Square Garden IV) opened after the Pennsylvania Railroad tore down the above-ground portions of Pennsylvania Station. The new structure was one of the first of its kind to be built above the platforms of an active railroad station. It was an engineering feat constructed by Robert E. McKee of El Paso, Texas. Public outcry over the demolition of Pennsylvania Station structure—an outstanding example of Beaux-Arts architecture—led to the creation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Garden is located in the office and entertainment complex formally addressed as Pennsylvania Plaza and commonly known as Penn Plaza, named for the railroad station.
As a person that has been attending Knick and Ranger games for 30+ years, initially I have mixed feelings on this. The one positive that I see from this is a new MSG will be the best arena in the world. Everything will be done first class to top the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The new renovation to the current Garden is okay, better food, and more hard liquor locations are what stand out. You just know Jimmy Dolan is going to want to top Prokhorov and his Barclays Center. Obviously the negative is all the memories that happened at the current MSG. Attending Stanley Cup and NBA Finals games in 1994 at MSG as a teenager was absolutely awesome.