Former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney toured Madison Square Garden yesterday, checking out the construction in the world famous arena as it undergoes its third and last phase of a historic top-to-bottom Transformation. Cooney, won two Golden Gloves championships at The Garden, his first when he was only 16 years old (1973) at 160lbs, and his second in 1976 as a heavyweight. As a professional, Cooney stopped Ken Norton at MSG (1981) in the first round.
Cooney toured the Garden’s new entranceway – Chase Square – as well as the arena floor and the brand new Chase Bridges on the 10th floor.
“The Garden has always been a special place to me, I’ve been going there since I was a kid,” said Cooney. “I used to hang around there all the time while training for the Golden Gloves, and we’d watch Clyde (Walt Frazier) come by in his fur coats, we’d see Willis Reed pass by and say hello to us. Memories I’ll never forget.”
The Garden will reopen at the end of October.