Madison Square Garden Renovations (Part V)
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08-02-2013, 01:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
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Then why is the new concourse so congested?
In the pre-renovation Garden, there were multiple paths for pedestrian traffic.
Patrons of reds and oranges (section #'s less than 200) had the opportunity to use the 6th floor concourse and the 6th floor in-arena walkway.
Patrons of yellows (200's) had the opportunity to use the 7th floor councourse and the 7th floor in-arena walkway.
Patrons of greens (300's) had the opportunity to use the 7th floor councourse, the 8th floor councourse, and the 7th floor in arena walkway.
Patrons of blues (400's) had the 8th floor concourse (and had to walk down to it). The only in-arena walkway was behind the seats.
It should be noted that the 8th floor concourse did not circumnavigate the building.
In the new Garden, people are told to do with less.
Lower Bowl (100's) can only use the 6th floor concourse. There is no in-arena walkway. Reds, oranges, and yellows make up the lower bowl.
Upper Bowl (200's) can only use the 8th floor concourse. There is no in-arena walkway. Greens and blues make up the upper bowl.
In a nut-shell, the higher in the building you go, the closer you are pushed towards the outer wall.
The lower bowl pretty much remained unchanged. The suites were installed where the old 7th floor in-arena walkway was located. The upper bowl seating was placed on top of these suites. I have not been afforded the opportunity to walk the suite concourse on the 7th floor, but I bet it is a ballroom. The new 8th avenue concourse is probably just as big as the old 7th avenue one was, just reconfigured to move points of sale to the outside rather than under the seats. The problem is that you have twice as many people using it, and removed the in-arena walkway.
Do more with less. It's very common now-a-days.
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