Through The Years A look at the improvements/enhancements at Garden IV over the years: 1972: Garden IV becomes the first New York sports venue to install luxury boxes, formally named “Hall of Fame Lounges.” The original deck of 11 luxury suites - each measuring 23x15 feet and accommodating 10 people - is installed above the mezzanine level on the 33rd Street side. Due to the ongoing luxury suite construction, basketball broadcast locations are moved to courtside and directly above center-court exit tunnels. Previously, they had been located in a two-level booth suspended from the roof. 1977: Original end zone scoreboards replaced by new 36-foot long scoreboards in each end zone, and smaller auxiliary boards on the facing of the mezzanine at center court. New boards feature tenth-of-a-second timing capabilities and black-and-white animated matrix boards. 1989-91: Over a three-year span, the Garden complex undergoes its most extensive renovation to date, a multi-million dollar effort in which: • Each of the original red, orange, yellow, green and blue seats is removed and replaced. Primary color scheme is now purple and teal. • Existing scoreboards are replaced by a computerized, state-of-the-art system that features the eight-sided Center Display Board (37 feet wide at the top, 34 feet wide at the bottom), complete with “GardenVision” color replay screens and multi-colored end zone boards, by White Way Company of Chicago. It is the first eight-sided scoreboard in a major U.S. arena. Original Garden sound system is also completely overhauled, including the replacement of the original center-hung “sound cluster” with four separate speaker clusters affixed to the arena ceiling. • Original Hall of Fame Lounges (luxury boxes) are removed and replaced by a completely new deck of 89 Club Suites that encircles the entire arena, including a double-deck of suites on the 7th Avenue end. • The Paramount, a state-of-the-art, 5,600-seat theatre, is constructed on the former site of the Felt Forum, now named the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Fronting the main entrance is the Garden Walk of Fame, which opens in 1992. • Two dining facilities - The Club Restaurant and the Play-By-Play sports bar and restaurant - are constructed on the former site of the Bowling Center and the Hall of Fame Club. • Garden exterior renovated, including the installations of animated color matrix boards above the Seventh Avenue entrance to Penn Station and the Eighth Avenue facade. • Upgrades and improvements in other areas of the Garden, including concession stands (and all-new Food Courts), locker rooms, press room, box office, Garden Team Store and broadcast facilities.
2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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