Tasha Graham is a Knicks super fan and a season ticket holder.
"You know, Knicks fans, we get heartbroken a lot, but I’ve always been a faithful fan, no matter what," Graham said. "I always love the Knicks, I always rock my Knicks gear, whether they’re winning, they’re losing."
She watched her favorite team in the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade at Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine, the Knicks legend Walt Frazier’s restaurant in Hudson Yards, which is just a long jump shot from the World's Most Famous Arena.
And she’s been to Madison Square Garden to cheer them on, following COVID protocols with proof of a pre-game negative COVID test.
“I’m a little nervous about getting tested because the swab goes up your nose, so it was just like, OK this is the only way we’re gonna be able to do it so it felt good and I felt they took precautions, so it made you a little more comfortable about it," Graham said.
On Friday, Madison Square Garden announced a new policy on fan attendance: if the Knicks make it to the second round of the playoffs, only fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed inside the arena — meaning fans like Graham would be on the sidelines.
"I have not gotten my vaccination, so that would be an issue for me, but it’s not that I’m not gonna get it. I’m just still a little uneasy about it," Graham said.
Asked if seeing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden during a playoff game would change her mind, she said, “that’ll be a little motivation. It definitely would be."
For game one, 15,000 people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, watched at the Garden. During game two, the first Knicks playoff win in eight years, there were 16,000 in attendance, and nine in 10 fans were vaccinated.
Longtime Knicks fan Carl Curtiss thought it was the right call.
“I am fully vaccinated and I think that’s a good idea for them to do that, because we wanna keep this pandemic from spreading," Curtiss said.
The policy is not a slam dunk for others, though.
“I think it should be your choice, and if you wanna go to the Knicks game you should be able to go to the Knicks game," Nick Marji said.
And yet, Marji told NY1 the policy will most likely help boost attendance, as well the atmosphere.
“It’s gotta be crazy,” Marji said. “Honestly, I think that’s why they’re doing it because it’s already as hyped as it is right now, add an extra three, four thousand, whatever it is, to the crowd, might literally take the roof off that place.”
For fans who can’t watch the playoffs at the arena, curfews at bars and restaurants will be lifted on Monday, meaning they can stay in their seats and keep watching the game, if it goes into overtime.