Vintage Aerial Photograph of Madison Square Garden Under Construction in 1966

Oct. 25, 1966: A 26-ton tension ring promised that “There will be no obstructed views” at Madison Square Garden, still under construction, and “because the seating arrangement is oval, spectators in the end balcony are closer to the playing surface than those in the top-most seats along the sidelines,” reported The Times.
Oct. 25, 1966: A 26-ton tension ring promised that “There will be no obstructed views” at Madison Square Garden, still under construction, and “because the seating arrangement is oval, spectators in the end balcony are closer to the playing surface than those in the top-most seats along the sidelines,” reported The Times.
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Today's posting features an aerial photograph from October 25th, 1966 showing the construction of Madison Square Garden without a roof, allowing us to see how there are no obstructed views in the entire arena.

Oct. 25, 1966: A 26-ton tension ring promised that “There will be no obstructed views” at Madison Square Garden, still under construction, and “because the seating arrangement is oval, spectators in the end balcony are closer to the playing surface than those in the top-most seats along the sidelines,” reported The Times.

The original article from 1966 has more.

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