Seats Up First as MSG Starts Selling Memorabilia

March 12, 2011

For $899, you can have the world's most famous living room.

Madison Square Garden's seats are being sold off to fans starting today as the arena undergoes an $850 million renovation.

Pairs of the teal or fuchsia seats, which date back to the early 1990s, will be sold for more than the $869 charged for Shea Stadium's, but far less than the $1,500 Yankee Stadium's went for. Individual seats cost $549.

Former "Sopranos" star Steve Schirripa, a Knicks fanatic, plans to be among the first to buy a pair of the seats.

"I've been going to The Garden my whole life, and I have great memories there with my daughters, so those seats have a lot of sentimental value to me," said Schirripa, who currently hosts the true-crime show "Nothing Personal."

 

“I definitely want a couple of them, and it would be nice if they threw in some popcorn and hot dogs too,” he said.

Since work began on the Garden, fans have been asking about what pieces of memorabilia will be sold.

“We’re going to keep some stuff for the archives,” Scott O’Neil, president of MSG Sports said, but the lockers, $99 pieces of the court, and other bits of the arena will be sold off.

“We’ve had pretty strong interest in the seats even before making this announcement,” O’Neil said. “We all have our memories of coming here.”

Since the arena is shared by fans of the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, MSG is not going to sell specific seats to season ticket holders, as other teams have done, said Brandon Steiner, of Steiner Sports, who is handling the sale at pieceofthegarden.com.

“We don’t want to create conflicts between the three different groups of fans,” he said.

The seats from the lower bowl, which is part of the first phase of the renovation that will take place next season, will be sold first.




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