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If the Knicks get past the Atlanta Hawks in Round 1 of the playoffs and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the team will be selling tickets for Round 2 only to fans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Said the Knicks in a press release while also announcing that Game 5 of the first round has been sold out:
"Given the enthusiastic response to vaccination requirements, the team also announced that, should they advance past round one, tickets will be sold exclusively to fully-vaccinated individuals."
Said MSG EVP David Hopkinson:
"The energy our Knicks fans have brought to the playoffs has been incredible -- proving there's nothing more exciting than Knicks basketball at The Garden. It's moments like this that show us what's possible if everyone gets vaccinated -- we'll 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."
During the first round, fully vaccinated fans have made up more than 90 percent of those in attendance at The Garden.