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Madison Square Garden’s Best Moments Part of Transformed Arena

There have been enough memories at Madison Square Garden to fill a museum, and MSG officials are doing just that!

With the second-leg of the transformation project set for completion in the fall, the “Memorable Moments Every Day” exhibit will debut.

The expanded 6th floor concourse, which already features additional retail stores, restrooms and one-of-a-kind food and beverage offerings, will now include the visual retrospective bringing to life one moment in Garden history for every day of the year.

The retrospective will wrap the entire circumference of the arena, creating a visual calendar of the Garden’s rich history.

“We are honored that Madison Square Garden has played host to so many iconic moments in sports and entertainment history, and value the unique connection fans, athletes and performers have with The Garden,” said Hank Ratner, president and CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company. “Paying tribute to the Arena’s storied history is a priority for us and, as part of the Transformation, we will showcase both the memorable moments that happen every day along with the Garden’s most defining moments. This phase of the Transformation will preserve and celebrate the great history that has made The Garden such a special place for the more than four million people who walk through our doors annually.”

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MSG Network Wins Several Sports Marketing Awards

The Madison Square Garden took home 14 of the prestigious 2011 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards, more than any other company in the country.

The national competition recognizes outstanding marketing, promotion and design work from cable and broadcast companies, sports leagues, teams and governing bodies.

MSG Networks was the only regional network to take home the prestigious Titanium Award for Best Use of Original Music or Sound Design for its “MSG Plus Summer Image” campaign.

In addition, MSG Networks was honored with seven awards in the Regional and Local Division, including the popular “Knicks Carmelo Coming Home” campaign, which won two Gold Awards for Best Spot and Best Use of Music, and the “Knicks From Then Until Now” campaign, featuring the voice of actor John Turturro, which also won a Gold Award for Best Overall Integrated Marketing Campaign. MSG Networks also won an award for its print campaign for WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show, which is simulcast on MSG Network weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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Taking a Tour of MSG Transformation Project

New Courtside Seating for Basketball Games

The idea of building a new Madison Square Garden was floated in recent years. Instead, MSG executives opted for a three-season overhaul to the World’s Most Famous Arena.

The first phase of the Transformation Project has just been completed to coincide with the start of the 2011-12 Rangers and Knicks, assuming there’s an end to the lockout.

FishbowlNY joined several in the media yesterday for a tour of the renovated arena with Madison Square Garden Company president and CEO Hank Ratner.

“A project like this has never been done, an actual arena being transformed,” Ratner says. “An arena [that’s] still hosting two professional sports teams and the busiest concert venue in the world.”

Work on the next two phases will go on during the season, but Ratner says not on game days.

Then, once the Rangers and Knicks seasons conclude, the Garden will, once again, turn the arena into a closed construction zone.

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