MSG offers peek inside $850 million renovation

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 3:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The world's most famous arena is undergoing a transformation.

Madison Square Garden in New York is in the first phase of an $850 million facelift that has shut the arena for the summer months and displaced some high-profile touring performers.

MSG plans to upgrade its entrance, seating, locker rooms, lighting, sound and video; it will also add more bathrooms, suites, food options, dressing rooms and production offices.

During a tour of the project on Thursday, MSG President Hank Ratner says construction workers are laboring around the clock to complete the first phase of the renovation before the fall start of the NBA and NHL seasons for the Knicks and Rangers, respectively.

The WNBA's Liberty have been booted from the Garden during the renovation and are playing in Newark, N.J.

The work is scheduled to take place over three summers.

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Online: http://www.msgtransformation.com/

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