Elvis VS Pope: It’s a battle of some of the greatest U.S. and international stars, with Marilyn Monroe up against Elvis Presley, boxer Muhammad Ali, former President Bill Clinton and even Pope John Paul II.
U.S. television viewers are being asked to vote on the greatest moment at one of the world’s most famous arenas, New York’s Madison Square Garden, which has played host to a list of sports stars, musicians, politicians and religious leaders in its 127-year history.
Everybody who has been anybody has had a magical moment at Madison Square Garden, according to producers of a new TV series, ”The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden,” that will be broadcast next week.
”It’s based on the 50 most incredible experiences that have occurred in this building,” said Michael Bair, president of sports and entertainment network MSG Media, which is airing the 10-part series from next week.
Madison Square Garden has been the name of four arenas in New York City, with the first opening in 1879 and the most recent in 1968 with the capacity to hold 20,000 people.
Throughout its history it has been a top venue for major stars and events.
These include Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 birthday serenade to President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday, the 1971 fight in which Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title, Elvis Presley’s sell-out 1972 shows, and John Lennon’s last live performance in 1974.
Pope John Paul II visited Madison Square Garden in 1979 and in 1982 the Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon held a blessing ceremony there for 2,075 couples which was dubbed a ”mass wedding” by media at the time.
Bill Clinton accepted the presidential nomination at Madison Square Garden in 1992.