JPMorgan Chase is becoming Madison Square Garden's first
marquee partner, part of MSG's planned renovations already valued at over
$850 million, reported
MSG has turned to partners Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola Co,
and Anheuser-Bush to represent their brands in new structures in the stadium,
including the Delta Sky 360 Club, an area restricted to 700 season-ticket
holders that provides a private dining area near the players as they enter and
exit the new locker rooms. MSG also plans to add new concourses, suites, locker
rooms, clubs, dining facilities and a new entrance to provide plenty of space
for their partners to associate their brands.
"The transformed Garden will provide new and unique
opportunities for marketing partners to drive their business objectives," MSG
said in a statement.
The transformation will also feature the creation of the
Chase Bridges, which will be erected above the area where events take place
below. The over 225-feet long bridges will be paid for by MSG and will provide
access to the 10th-floor Budweiser Fan Deck. The bridges are
scheduled to open in the 2013-2014 basketball and hockey seasons. Tickets for
seats on the bridge will run up to $500, depending on the event.
"New York is a city known for its bridges, and the
incredible Chase Bridges at Madison Square Garden will be one-of-a-kind and
provide our great fans with a unique perspective on the game action," Scott O'Neil,
president of MSG Sports, said. "We think the Chase Bridges will quickly become
a hot spot for fans in the transformed arena, and are proud to have Marquee
Partner Chase own what is sure to be a signature element of the Garden along
with our iconic ceiling."
As MSG's partner, Chase's brand will be permanently
featured on the bridges as well as the LED screens that line the outside of the
structures. The partnership will also include Chase Square, an entrance on New
York's Seventh Avenue, and JPMorgan's "1879 Club."
Chase customers will be eligible for access to over 1,200
events at the Garden, Theater at MSG, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre and
Chicago Theater. JPMorgan Chase will also appear on the marquee outside MSG
between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.