A classic American sport, seeing a basketball game while you’re in the States is a must-do for any visitor, especially if you happen to be in New York City when a match is on.
Where do the New York Knicks play?
The New York Knicks play their home games in the iconic Madison Square Gardens, which no doubt you would have heard of. During these matches, fans flock to ‘the Gardens’ to catch a glimpse of the players' world-class techniques, and tourists love immersing themselves in the patriotic experience.
When are the New York Knicks playing?
The basketball season runs from October until mid-April. Here is the New York Knicks’ 2019/20 schedule, along with who they are facing. Please note: dates and times are subject to change.
26th - Boston Celtics - 7:30pm
28th Chicago Bulls - 7:30pm
3rd - Sacramento Kings - 6:00pm
10th - Cleveland Cavaliers - 7:30pm
14th - Dallas Mavericks - 8:00pm
16th - Charlotte Hornets - 7:30pm
18th - Clevelan Cavaliers - 7:00pm
23rd - San Antonia Spurs - 7:30pm
24th - Brooklyn Nets - 7:30pm
29th - Philadelphia 76ers - 7:30pm
1st - Boston Celtics - 3:30pm
5th - Denver Nuggets - 7:30pm
7th - Indiana Pacer - 7:30pm
17th - Atlanta Hawks - 7:30pm
21st - Milwaukee Bucks - 7:30pm
23rd - Washington Wizards - 7:00pm
1st - Portland Trailblazers - 7:30pm
10th - New Orleans Pelicans - 8:00pm
12th - Miami Heat - 3:30pm
16th - Phoenix Suns - 7:30pm
18th - Philadelphia 76ers - 7:30pm
22nd - L.A. Lakers - 7:30pm
24th - Toronto Raptors - 7:30pm
26th - Brooklyn Nets - 6:00pm
29th - Memphis Grizzlies - 7:30pm
6th - Orlando Magic - 7:30pm
12th - Washington Wizards - 7:30pm
21st - Indiana Pacers - 7:30pm
29th - Chicago Bulls - 5:00pm
2nd - Houston Rockets - 7:00pm
4th - Utah Jazz - 7:30pm
6th - Oklahoma City Thunder - 7:30pm
8th - Detroit Pistons - 7:30pm
17th - Charlotte Hornets - 7:30pm
21st - Golden State Warriors - 7:30pm
23rd - L.A. Clippers - 7:00pm
25th - Toronto Raptors - 7:30pm
3rd - Minnesota Timberwolves - 7:30pm
5th - Miami Heat - 5:00pm
8th - Orlando Magic - 7:30pm
14th - Detroit Pistons - 7:30pm
Who plays for the New York Knicks?
Being one of the most notable teams in the country means that a host of famous faces have passed through the New York Knicks team, including Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, and Willis Reed.
The current team is made up of Kadeem Allen, RJ Barrett, Ignas Brazdeikis, Reggie Bullock, Damyean Dotson, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Kevin Knox, Marcus Morris, Frank Ntilikina, Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr., and Allonzo Trier.
Will any celebrities be in the New York Knicks crowd?
The New York Knicks come from the largest city in the U.S. and play in one of the best stadiums in the world, so of course, you’re bound to see some recognisable faces in the crowd cheering on their favourite team.
Director Spike Lee is often seen sporting his Knicks merchandise and rooting for those slam-dunks, as is fellow director Woody Allen. Actress Drew Barrymore is a self-confessed Knicks fan, and singer Alicia Keys can also sometimes be spotted court-side. Ben Stiller is joined by wife Christine Taylor and their children for many a Knicks game, and if you’re really lucky, you may even see 50 Cent too. Keep your eyes peeled - there may very well be a celebrity (or two) lurking in the crowd during your next Knicks game!
How much are New York Knicks tickets?
Depending on which seats and dates you opt for, ticket prices for games range in price. The lower price gets you a seat in the West Balcony or East Balcony Lofts, while the highest price is for the Club Gold category - premium 100 level seating with access to the Club Bar and Grill before the game, plus in-seat service during the game.
There’s also 200 Level Lower Ends, 100 Level Lower Ends, and Club Silver. Basically, it depends on how close you want to be to the action, as well as how much of a luxury experience you want to have. Click here to browse our different ticket options now.
How do you get to Madison Square Garden?
The Gardens are really easy to get to, being located right above Penn. Station, which serves a range of subway trains. You can take the 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E trains directly to 34th Street/Penn. Station, or take the B, D, F, M, N, Q, and R trains to 34th Street/Herald Square, then walk one block to Madison Square Garden.
Ubers and New York taxis will also easily know where the arena is too - just ask your driver to take you there.
What food and drink options are there at Madison Square Garden?
There’s plenty of food and drinks choices at Madison Square Garden, perfect for you to grab a bite before, after or even during the game. Most of the vendors/restaurants specialise in classic American-style grub - think burgers, hotdogs, fried chicken, and all those iconic snacks that you associate with sitting court-side.
However, there’s also a host of grills, Italian-inspired eateries, and even a dedicated gluten-free place to dine. Fancy a sweet treat? There’s a bakery, Dunkin’ Donuts, and many places to get ice-cream, popcorn and other goodies too.
If you’re over 21 (the legal drinking age in America), then you can enjoy one of the many bars in Madison Square Garden. Enjoy a refreshing craft beer, or treat yourself to an extravagant cocktail.
What are the best New York Knicks games to go and see?
Any New York Knicks game you see will be unforgettable and legendary, if just for the iconic location alone. However, just like football-rivalries here in the UK, there are some epic basketball rivalries that make for exciting viewing with an electrifying atmosphere.
The Knicks’ inter-city rivals are the Brooklyn Nets, mainly for the fact that they come from the same area. Each season, a battle between the two teams takes place to capture the hearts of New Yorkers. The New York Knicks play the Brooklyn Nets on the 24th November and the 26th January.
Another big rival are the Boston Celtics, showcasing an epic clash of the two biggest cities in the northeast. The New York Knicks play Boston Celtics on 26th October and 1st December.
Finally, you have the Miami Heat team, an old and established rivalry going back to when the teams clashed in the 90’s. This is a game usually marked in any Knicks’ fans’ calendar, and mustn’t be missed. The New York Knicks play Miami Heat on 12th January and 5th April.