Knicks hoping to host 13,000 fans at Madison Square Garden for long-awaited NBA Playoffs

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The New York Knicks’ first playoff games in eight years at Madison Square Garden could have as close to a packed house as we’ve seen in well over a year.

On Wednesday, the team announced that tickets for their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks are now available for sale to the general public. With it comes the hope that the Knicks can host roughly 13,000 fans at Madison Square Garden, citing New York State’s decision to increase total arena capacity in time for Game 1 on Sunday.

“When it comes to our fans — you couldn’t ask for better energy, both inside The Garden and around the city — and we can’t thank them enough for their support this season,” Knicks president Leon Rose said. “We’re incredibly excited to bring playoff basketball back to Madison Square Garden and to have the best fans in the league give us a true home-court advantage.”

Individuals can buy up to four tickets per game with a variety of options available for vaccinated and unvaccinated fans.

For fully vaccinated spectators, there will be no social distancing between groups, providing as close to a normal feel as ever throughout some sections of Madison Square Garden.

For unvaccinated fans, socially distanced seating is also available where they must provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test.

Masks will be required for all in attendance.

“Our incredible fans have provided us with unbelievable support at The Garden this season, and it’s about to get even more exciting with the start of the postseason,” David Hopkinson, MSG Sports EVP and president of business operations, said. “We thank Governor Cuomo for giving us the opportunity to welcome even more of our fans back into the building for our return to the playoffs. We know Knicks fans are going to make their voices heard — and this team is ready to give all of New York City something to cheer about.”

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