2014-2015 Knicks ticket preview
New York Knicks tickets always seem to sell well in the city that never sleeps, as evidenced by the Knicks’ placement in the top third NBA’s attendance report year after year. Dating back to 2001, New York has finished no lower than 10th among all teams in total attendance each season. Fans in New York love their basketball team and despite the recent addition of another team to the New York metropolitan market—the Brooklyn Nets—Knicks tickets are still among the city’s hottest commodities.
The newly renovated Madison Square Garden seats 19,763 for Knicks games and boasts several state-of-the-art amenities for fans, including and the new Sky Bridge seats located almost directly above the court. Additionally, glass-enclosed hallways leading to and from the home and visiting locker rooms allow fans an up-close-and-personal view of their favorite players as they enter and exit the court.
Going into the 2014-15 NBA season, the Knicks are looking to improve on a ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference that saw them finish one game outside of the playoff picture last year. Still, there’s reason to be optimistic if you’re a Knicks fan: the team won 16 of its final 23 games in 2013-14. And New York brought in Hall-of-Famer Phil Jackson to lead the organization as its president.
The Knicks also hired Derek Fisher as head coach, who has championship history with Jackson; Fisher won five NBA titles as a player under Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Things are on the upswing for the Knicks, to be sure. The team re-signed the face of the franchise, Carmelo Anthony, to a five-year, $124 million contract, thereby keeping some continuity in the face of what looks like an upcoming transitional year. New York shipped out Tyson Chandler, Wayne Ellington, Raymond Felton, and Jeremy Tyler; to replace them, the club brought in Quincy Acy, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and Shane Larkin.
With fresh blood on the roster and in the front office, New York Knicks tickets will likely be big sellers again this season. Get yours before they sell out, which if history is any indication, will be soon after they go on sale.
2014 Knicks ticket info
The New York Knicks come off their first Atlantic Division title since 1994. With the Knicks’ key pieces returning, there’s no reason to think that they can’t repeat, although revamped Brooklyn will challenge. While Jay Z and Beyonce might be sitting courtside in Barclays Center seats, the Knicks’ faithful following is sure to pack Madison Square Garden seats. New York was seventh in home attendance last season, averaging better than 19,000, so it’s a good idea to get Knicks tickets early.
The Knicks boast the league’s leading scorer in Carmelo Anthony, who can score 40 points on any given night. “Melo” averaged 28.9 and he alone is a reason to purchase New York Knicks tickets. But the Knicks didn’t win the division with just Anthony. They’re one of the better defensive teams and they added defensive stalwart Metta World Peace. The 33-year old veteran still can be unpredictable as can J.R. Smith, who won the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season. Both players are talented, but combustible, and they’ll keep things exciting for fans in Madison Square Garden seats.
Raymond Felton (13.9 ppg, 5.5 ast), Tyson Chandler (10.4 ppg, 10.9 reb), Kenyon Martin, Amare’ Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert will see plenty of action. The Knicks added Andrea Bargnani in a trade and Beno Udrih. Shumpert, fully recovered from a torn ACL in 2012, has shown flashes of greatness and he is poised for a breakout season. When healthy, Shumpert is one of the best defenders in the NBA.
The Knicks clearly will be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, but can they challenge Miami, Chicago and Indiana for the conference crown? The talent is there, but egos must be kept in check - and they don’t have the veteran leadership of the retired Jason Kidd, the rookie head coach in Brooklyn. His calming floor presence will be missed. Coach Mike Woodson will be responsible for managing and massaging those egos.
New York finished last season 54-28, eclipsing 50 wins for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. So fans in Madison Square Garden seats have good reason to be optimistic about this season. The Knicks were 31-10 at home so they respond to their raucous fans in the Madison Square Garden seats. MSG remains one of the premier sporting venues and with the team’s recent success, Knicks tickets will be in high demand.