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Volume 24 No. 158
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Madison Square Garden To Reopen Friday; Knicks See Renovations For First Time

The Knicks “finally stepped on the Madison Square Garden court Sunday for a light walk-through, becoming the last NBA team to practice at its own arena this preseason,” according to Nate Taylor of the N.Y. TIMES. All six of the Knicks’ exhibition games were on the road "because of the second phase of extensive renovations to the Garden.” MSG will reopen to the public on Friday for the Knicks’ home opener against the Heat. The fans in the upper bowl "will be 10 feet closer to the court because of the renovations.” MSG also will "have 58 more suites, a larger concourse on the eighth floor and additional concession stands and bathrooms.” Knicks C Tyson Chandler said, “It looks great. A lot has changed since we last were here. Just walking and stepping in the Garden reminds you of who you play for and the pride and tradition of the Knicks” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/29).