The Garden to Get a New Look

$500 million in renovations set to begin spring of next year
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 8:47 AM CDT
In this artist rendering provided by Cablevision Systems Corporation, the remodeled entrance to New York's Madison Square Garden is shown.    (AP Photo/Cablevision Systems Corp.)

(Newser) – Madison Square Garden is getting a  $500-million overhaul. After pulling out of a plan to build a new arena as part of a new Penn Station project a few blocks away, Cablevision, the Garden's owners, unveiled a renovation plan yesterday.  The work is slated to start next spring and be done during the summers,  finishing by the 2011-2012 NBA and NHL seasons. The Liberty will have to relocate, but the Knicks and Rangers will stay put.

Included in the redesign is a glass-enclosed atrium, as well as additional public concourse space and suites. The renovations will be funded by Cablevision and spearheaded by Toronto-based architecture firm Brisbin, Brook and Benyon. (Read more Madison Square Garden stories.)