Fans of both the Knights and Nets returned to their teams’ arenas on Tuesday night to see action on the court-in-person for the first time in nearly a year.
“The evening was completely electric,” Knicks fan Ben Sofer said outside Madison Square Garden after the team’s 114-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
“There were only real Knock fans – die completely hard. The Knicks almost won, but it wouldn’t have been a Knux game if they hadn’t lost,” said Sofer, an Upper East Side resident who was in the game with two friends Was involved.
2,000 fans were allowed into MSG for the first time in roughly 352 days.
Soffer and other fans said that the games somewhat indicate a return to normalcy – even if a socially troubled person with many guidelines.
“Incredible amount of hand sanitizer,” Sopher said. “He advertised with players talking about standing six feet apart,” he said.
Inside the area, entire rows of seats were closed to promote safe distance.
Another Knicks fan, Kastreet Rukir, said, “It’s nice to get out of the house,” the game “one of the best nights in a long time.”
In Brooklyn, 300 Nets fans were allowed into the Barclays Center on Tuesday – sparked by their team’s win over the Sacramento Kings.
“The capacity is different, the directions are different but it was a lively crowd,” said Tykee Irving, a Brooklyn resident.
“There were people who sat in a suit next to me who were like, you know, crying players,” she said.
The Barclays Center also had adequate COVID-19 protocols in place.
He said, “He took great care. Fan Michel Gall said, We had to test once again, once on Sunday. “The energy was exciting, I think people were happy to be outside.”