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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Exterior view of the Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers taken on January 13, 2003 in the New York City, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The swath of recent NY music club closings – Market Hotel, Santos Party House, Coco66 – claimed another venue this week. The biggest arena in town, in fact. But don’t worry; it opens back up tonight, which is more than we can be assured for the others.
Madison Square Garden closed its doors abruptly on Tuesday, delaying the evening’s Knicks vs. Orlando Magic basketball game, because of a sudden asbestos scare, reports Gothamist. The Knicks issued this statement:
Following last night’s Rangers game, during overnight maintenance of Madison Square Garden, which included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling, some debris fell into the Arena.
Out of an abundance of caution, and after consulting the NBA, we are postponing tonight’s Knicks v. Magic game. We will be working with the city and independent experts, ATC Associates and GCI Environmental Advisory, to evaluate and determine the most appropriate course of action. As the safety of our customers and employees are our top priority, we will not reopen the Garden until we are absolutely assured the Arena is safe.
Tonight’s Knicks vs. Washington Wizards game will continue as scheduled.
So what does this mean to music fans? Well, if you had tickets to see Roger Waters blare out The Wall tomorrow night, your life will continue apace. And, clearly, we should all take a minute to pray to Bono for asbestos safety.