Madison Square Garden lays out health protocols for the return of Knicks, Rangers fans

Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden will re-open its doors to fans on Feb. 23.
Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment

With one week until Madison Square Garden welcomes back a limited number of Knicks and Rangers fans, protocols for safe entry and experience was set forth by the venue on Tuesday.

In total, there are six games on the schedule over the next two weeks that will host spectators at the Garden. The Knicks will welcome the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 23, the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 25, and the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 27.

The Rangers will face-off twice against the Boston Bruins on Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 before taking on the Buffalo Sabres on March 2.

As per New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s guidelines, 10% of the Garden will be filled, meaning roughly 2,000 fans will be admitted into each of the six games.

Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase a two-seated, socially-distanced pod.

Those attending will be required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within 72 hours of the event. They also must complete a health survey that will be made available to them 12 hours prior.

Upon arrival at the Garden, fans will undergo a temperature check and must register below 100.4 degrees.

Gates will open approximately 90 minutes before game time where fans will be assigned specific entrances. Face coverings will be required unless the spectator is actively eating or drinking.

To purchase concessions or merchandise, only cashless payment methods will be allowed.

“Madison Square Garden is The World’s Most Famous Arena because of the people who perform here and the fans that inspire them,” Andrew Lustgarten, President and CEO of MSG Sports and president of MSG Entertainment, said. “We are thrilled that we can finally start to welcome fans back, beginning with Knicks and Rangers games, and be part of this important step for our city. While we currently have limited capacity, we’re focused on creating the safest and most enjoyable environment, with strict operating protocols developed with state and health officials.”

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