Madison Square’s beauty and architectural detail has continued to attract thousands of visitors over the years. With a rich history dating back to the early 1900s, the Arena has been home to some incredible games. Located in the middle of Manhattan, Madison Square Garden has a seating capacity of 19,830 for basketball events. Good old-fashioned hockey seats 18,024 people, while theater magic seats about 5,600 people.
However, since you may want to know tips and tricks for events held at this venue, the question on everybody’s mind is whether you can bring a backpack to Madison Square Garden?
What did they say
Technically, the answer is yes, but before you rush out and pack a camping bag to go Madison square garden suite, you need to know there are rules to follow. A public announcement by Madison plaza park management stated, “All guests are advised to arrive at the arena early and travel light. Unnecessary items won’t be condoned at MSG, and a scrupulous search will be carried out using metal detectors with the help of other devices for everybody before accessing Madison Square Garden.”
What bags do you do?
While they do not state in specific terms that it is wise to leave your bags at home, traveling light may mean just that. Any bag you may be taking to the arena should fit comfortably under your seat. As annoying as it sounds, there’s a legitimate reason behind it. Ideally, famous humans want to be as comfy as possible. Using the same basic rationale for banning large banners that get in the way and distract attendees, carrying a bag larger than can fit under your chair means that you’ll be placing it in someone else’s chair which is unethical.
Why so strict
If you are still angry about this fact, you must remember that we live in dangerous times and as much as your agenda is to enjoy your event, someone else’s agenda is to wreak havoc. To guard against the likelihood of somebody sneaking away with something dangerous in the arena, certain items were banned. These prohibited items include any weapon including pepper spray and licensed guns, banner sticks, outside food and drink, bottles, drugs, cans, video cameras, tripod mounts and alcohol. Audio recordings, SLR recordings, zoom cameras and cameras with any kind of flash are also prohibited. Remember as much as selfies are still a thing, selfie sticks aren’t allowed in Madison plaza park.
If you are the type of person who cannot contain his excitement and wants to get the show started as fast as possible, it might be wise to leave your bag at home. Bag-free, you are given the privilege of using the express lane to access the arena. For those with bags, you will get a little more attention when your bag goes through a scrupulous inspection; airport style where every nook and cranny is searched for. Since the arena does not provide lockers, management is also not responsible for any loss.