The original Madison Square Garden, one of New York City’s most popular indoor arenas, was finally opened to the public on this day in 1879. Named after James Madison, American Founding Father and the fourth president of the United States, the centrally located arena in Midtown Manhattan has hosted some of the biggest moments in sports and popular culture — everything from the NBA Finals to WrestleMania have all taken place at “The Garden”. Though the current building is the fourth venue to bear the name of Madison Square Garden, the arena built in 1968 is the oldest major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area.
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” —
U.S. President James Madison