WrestleMania I event venue: Madison Square Garden

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March 31, 1985

Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden (MSG) is the home arena for the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers.

The building (MSG IV) opened to the public on Feb. 11, 1968, with the Salute to the USO starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

In addition to playing host to WrestleMania, MSG was the home of some of the biggest events of the 20th century, including Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, which took place March 8, 1971.

Some other big names that have played the Garden include Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson.

The Garden has seen the Knicks win four Eastern Conferences Championships and two NBA Championships (1970 and 1973) and the Rangers Stanley Cup victory (1994).

The Grateful Dead played a record 52 shows at MSG.

In the first Raw from MSG, "Stone Cold" gave Mr. McMahon a Stunner for the very first time.

The WrestleMania (1985) and SummerSlam (1988) pay-per-views both debuted at the Garden.

The WWE Championship has changed hands at the Garden sixteen times – more than in any other venue.

The Garden underwent a renovation to the lower level in the fall of 2011. More renovations are planned.

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