Just returned from a family trip to New York City. During our visit to the Big Apple, we were able to see a lot of the cool attractions including Times Square, Broadway Ave., Central Park, the 9/11 Museum, Citi Field, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockerfeller Plaza.
We also visited historic Madison Square Garden. While we were in town, the Rangers were in Los Angeles for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The city was buzzing about the Blue Shirts. We watched what turned out of be the deciding game from a sports bar across the street from the Garden. It’s was quite the experience. The place was rockin’ and packed with Ranger fans, all dressed in jerseys and t-shirts supporting their favorite club.
Earlier in the day, the team had set-up a free RangerTown fan experience near the arena featuring inactive games, exhibits, NHL trophies and autograph sessions with former Ranger greats. It was a fun place to be and made it easy to get into the spirit of the playoffs.
We also took a 90-minute tour of the arena, which had just undergone a $1 billion upgrade. It was very impressive.
Throughout the building they had photos showing significant events at Madison Square Garden for each day of the year. They had photos showing memorable concerts, presidential apperances, boxing matches and hockey games. That display also included some historic events featuring goalies like back in 1959 when Montreal’s Jacques Plante became the first NHL goalie to wear a mask during a game.