The Orlando Sentinel released its list for the Top Ten NBA Arenas, and the New York Knicks’ Madison Square Garden was ranked number one. MSG’s history is what separates the stadium from the rest of the pack, according to the Sentinel. “Madison Square Garden’s history is unparalleled among NBA arenas. It was the site of injured Willis Reed’s famous entrance before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier staged one of their three epic bouts there. Reggie Miller led a mammoth Indiana Pacers comeback in the final seconds of Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals there.”
Madison Square Garden is considered “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and every basketball player is excited about getting an opportunity to play at the Mecca of Basketball. Knicks’ stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire decided to play for the Knicks because of the rich history of the franchise and for the chance to shine under the bright lights of MSG.
The Garden is also host to a myriad of celebrities and every game features tons of stars sitting on the luxurious court-side seats.
To make things better, Madison Square Garden is currently undergoing a massive renovation and soon the stadium will become a state-of-the-art facility.
Here is the complete list of the Top Ten NBA Arenas:
1. Madison Square Garden
2. Conseco Fieldhouse
3. Staples Center
4. American Airlines Center
5. Amway Center
6. Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena
7. FedEx Forum
8. Rose Garden
9. United Center
10. The Palace of Auburn Hills