“The energy our Knicks fans have brought to the playoffs has been incredible,” MSG executive vice president and Knicks president of business operations David Hopkinson said in a statement. “… 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.”
The Knicks had more than 15,000 fans in attendance at Game 1 and 2 of their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks, with more than 90 percent vaccinated. The stadium has required proof of either full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test to enter. Fans in fully vaccinated sections are not required to socially distance or wear masks when seated.
Children under 16 can sit in a vaccinated section with proof of a negative antigen or PCR test. They must wear masks while seated except when actively eating or drinking.
The series is tied 1-1 entering Game 3 on Friday night in Atlanta. Game 4 is set for Sunday before the series returns to New York on Wednesday.