NEW YORK -- The owner of Madison Square Garden plans to widen hallways, raise the ceilings and add restaurants and bigger luxury boxes to the nation's busiest sports arena in a $500 million renovation.
Cablevision Systems Corp. said last week it would proceed with renovation plans for the Garden, backing out of a government plan to move into a landmark Manhattan post office a block away. State and city officials have to approve the upgrades and have urged Cablevision to reconsider.
MSG executive Hank Ratner says the renovation will start next year and be finished by 2011.
The arena hasn't been upgraded since the early 1990s.
Cablevision's plans include a 25-foot skylight at the Garden's main entrance, larger luxury suites and more bathrooms, bars and restaurants.