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Volume 24 No. 157
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Garden Party: MSG Tops Rolling Stone's List Of Coolest Arenas, Stadiums In U.S.

MSG tops the list of the "nation's coolest arenas and stadiums," according to Steve Knopper of ROLLING STONE. The list was determined by 26 "insiders and musicians" as part of the magazine's five-part series on great music venues. Music agent Dennis Arfa said, "There aren't many venues that make a difference, but the Garden does. ... The public pays to go there. I tell my artists: 'MSG may be more expensive, but in return you get back more tickets at a higher price." Knopper noted Wrigley Field, which "finally allowed rock shows in 2005," ranks second, while Fenway Park ranks third despite a 30-year ban on concerts from '73-'03. Barclays Center comes in at fourth, and the year-old building has "quickly become a major draw" (, 9/23).

1) Madison Square Garden 6) Bridgestone Arena
2) Wrigley Field 7) KFC Yum! Center
3) Fenway Park 8) Staples Center
4) Barclays Center 9) Philips Arena
5) Yankee Stadium 10) MetLife Stadium