New York Knicks NBA Playoff tickets are insanely expensive

For the first time since May of 2013, the New York Knicks are slated to host an NBA Playoff game. After clinching the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference this past weekend, New York is slated to take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.

Game 1 will take place at Madison Square Garden later in the week. It will also be pretty darn expensive for Knicks fans to attend the rare playoff game in the Big Apple.

According to SNY, the cheapest ticket for said game through SeatGeek comes in at a cool $968.00. This doesn’t even include fees from the resale site, meaning that the cheapest individual entry for the game will be north of $1,000.00.

Attending a New York Knicks NBA Playoff game

New York Knicks NBA Playoff tickets
May 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates after a three-point basket with guard RJ Barrett (9) and center Taj Gibson (67) during the overtime period against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

These prices come after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would lift mask and social distancing requirements for vaccinated fans attending sporting events, following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

What does that mean for Knicks fans attending the playoffs this week? Half of the seating capacity at Madison Square Garden will be mandated for vaccinated individuals — leading to an uptick in attendance.

Right now, Knicks owner James Dolan noted that 13,000 fans will be able to attend Game 1. That’s about 66% capacity. It should be a blast for the New York Knicks and their fans.

New York finished the regular season with a shocking 41-31 record and as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Forward Julius Randle had an MVP-caliber season under first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau. This represents the Knicks’ first playoff appearance after a seven-year hiatus.