Knicks to sell tickets to only fully vaccinated fans if team reaches second round
The New York Knicks will only allow fully vaccinated fans to purchase tickets for games at Madison Square Garden should the team reach the second round of the playoffs.
The organization’s potentially impending ticket policy official with a statement issued Friday.
“Given the enthusiastic response to vaccination requirements, should they advance past round one, tickets will be sold exclusively to fully vaccinated individuals,’’ the statement read, via the New York Post.
The Knicks head into Friday night’s Game 3 showdown with the Atlanta Hawks in the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals series tied at one game apiece. While Friday’s Game 3 and Sunday’s Game 4 will be held at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the Knicks are guaranteed a return home to MSG for next Wednesday’s Game 5 regardless of how the weekend’s games play out.
The Knicks also announced Friday that Game 5 versus the Hawks is sold out. More than 16,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
“It’s moments like this that show us what’s possible if everyone gets vaccinated — we’ll all be able to get back to doing what we love — and that definitely includes being together to cheer on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden,” MSG Sports executive vice president David Hopkinson said in a statement, according to an AP report (via ESPN).
More than 90% of fans in attendance for Games 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden were fully vaccinated. Protocols permitted attendees seated in fully vaccinated sections of the arena to forgo social distancing measures and shed masks when in their seats.
There undoubtedly will be a segment of Knicks fans who will express outrage over the vaccination requirements if the Knicks reach the Eastern Conference semifinals. Perhaps those fans who feel left out can take solace in how the Knicks would be making some noise in the playoffs in the team’s first postseason appearance since 2013 if a second-round appearance does indeed come to fruition.