The iconic Madison Square Garden, home to the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, may no longer be those teams home soon. On Wednesday, the Garden received an eviction notice of sorts. The New York City council voted to limit Madison Square Garden’s at its current spot above Penn Station to 10 years.
The reason for the vote is because organizations started campaigning for the Knicks and Rangers to find a new home so they can start renovations on Penn Station, which they believe will spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region., but that can’t happen unless the Garden moves.
But what about the current $1 billion renovation MSG is going through? The owners of the Garden wanted to operate at the site in perpetuity, while the city planning commission recommended a 15-year extension.
That was shot down. The council vote was 47-1, limiting the arena’s permit.
Kim Kerns, the spokeswoman for Madison Square Garden, told the Associated Press: “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.”
Knicks fans, Rangers fans, and New Yorkers alike, are going to lose an iconic arena, along with the many memories that came along with it.
What do you think of the move?