If you want to be part of an exciting sporting event and experience team excitement at the highest levels, then head to a New York Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Garden. In this New York Knicks Guide, I will show you all you need to know!
The Knicks are one of the most well-known basketball teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) – so don’t miss them when you are in New York. Basketball is one of the four major sports in the US and is firmly embedded in the DNA of the nation. You will meet many Knicks fans if you have the chance to watch a game maybe gain a small understanding the attraction of this sport.
The New York Knicks can proudly claim that they played in the very first game of the NBA (actually its precursor, the BAA): in 1946, they played against the Toronto Huskies and won the game. The history of the New York Knicks is filled with ups and downs however, it took more than 20 years to turn an average team into a championship team. The team was league champion in 1970 and 1973. But the Knicks could not sustain this level for long, when the players who won these titles retired or were traded to different teams their replacements did not measure up. The New York Knicks were herewith no longer championship contenders. New York however had high expectations of this team and something had to be done. Patrick Ewing was the first that brought energy back to the Knicks team but even with him they couldn’t achieve more than making it to the finals twice. The reason for that was the dominance of the Chicago Bulls. But the Knicks wouldn’t be New Yorkers if they didn’t fight back, which is exactly what happened. Restructuring at the team and management levels resulted in the team once again holding their own in the play-offs, regaining their reputation as a tough opponent, and becoming title contenders once again.
The New York Knicks have been NBA Champions twice: in 1970 and 1973. Despite all the positive efforts by Patrick Ewing, the team could not lay claim to another title – this era belonged to the Chicago Bulls and Michael “Air” Jordan. Hope flickered briefly in 1994 and 1999 after the Knicks secured a conference title in those years, but they could not carry that momentum through the play-offs. The last four years however, have seen a steady trend upwards and the Knicks are finally title contenders to the title, making each game an interesting one!
The arch rival of the New York Knicks are the Boston Celtics. Given the proximity of these two cities, that is no surprise. When these two teams meet, the crowd goes crazy. Players on both teams give their all and the games are generally not decided until the last closing seconds. Unfortunately, I have to admit that the Boston Celtics came out ahead more often. Nonetheless: GO KNICKS!
Good tickets for the New York Knicks start at $50 – but can go quickly to $10,000. But spending that much money is not necessary! I recommend the seats located in the 200’s sections. Everything you need to know about buying tickets, delivery, and current promotions can be found here.
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The New York Knicks play at Madison Square Garden which is centrally located and this accessible from everywhere! The stadium in midtown is located between 7th and 8th Avenue and 31st to 33rd Street. Either walk over to the stadium or take subway lines , & to Penn Station/34th. Since Madison Square Garden is a multi-functional area used for concerts, ice hockey, and basketball, the seating chart changes for every event. During Knicks games – you can cheer on the team with 19,811 other fans – the 19,812th fan will be you!
To fully enjoy the atmosphere of the games, you should be sure not to arrive at the stadium too late. I recommend getting there approx. 1 1/2 hours before game start. This will allow you to fully appreciate the atmosphere as more spectators fill into the stadium, to watch the players warm up, and to avoid the long wait lines to get into the arena! Use the time to tour the other levels of the stadium, chat with fans, or just enjoy being there!
On the seating chart you will see the best seats colored red. Seats in the 200’s sections give you a central view of all the action. Prices range between $50 and $120. Tickets are definitely cheaper online than at the stadium. You can move up closer and practically participate in the game. Court-side seats let you experience every pass and every drop of sweat. But you’ll pay for the privilege: two tickets in the front row for NBA finals in June 2014 cost approx. $23,430. Yikes! However, you’ll be sitting next to Beyoncé and David Beckham 😉 Even the seats high up run approx. $950 during the play-offs. In the last rows, 400’s sections, you won’t be able to see much, but you will be able to follow the action and be part of the event.
My recommendation for the best cost/benefit ratio: seats in the 200’s sections in the middle of the long side of the rectangular court.
Basketball Season 2018/2019 begins in October. The playoffs begin in April and run into June. Let’s hope the Knicks will make it to the final play-off round! You can take a look at the current schedule of games in the New York City area here.
It is difficult to describe the atmosphere at the games. You just have to experience it for yourself – it is gripping, and constantly fluctuating between anticipation and then joy when the Knicks have won. In short – really something special.
You can also go to the New York Liberty games. The team is one of the founding members of the female professional basketball league. The ladies know how to play and their games are no less exciting than those by the New York Knicks.