The New York Knicks’ final home game of the season paid special tribute to the team’s fans with a series of rewards and unique experiences as part of Knicks Fan Appreciation Night, presented by the Chase Freedom Credit Card. The April 15 game against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden was highlighted by the availability of free food and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the game, opportunities to meet Knicks alumni, a “Jerseys Off Our Back” ceremony, discounts on Knicks merchandise, special in-game elements saluting fans and a Knicks hat, courtesy of Chase.
The festivities began when “the World’s Most Famous Arena” opened early to the public at 6:30 p.m. before the 8 p.m. game. Fans in the arena had the opportunity to meet a variety of Knicks alumni, including Dick Barnett, Walt Frazier, Allan Houston, Bernard King, Earl Monroe, Cal Ramsey, Willis Reed, John Starks, John Wallace, Herb Williams and Jerome Williams.
Fans attending the game were invited to enjoy free food, including many Madison Square Garden signature items, and non-alcoholic beverages from MSG’s concession stands. In addition, there were discounts on regularly priced Knicks merchandise at MSG Team stores.
At the conclusion of the game, Knicks held a “Jerseys Off Our Backs” ceremony at center court, where the players presented their game-worn jerseys to select fans after autographing them. The jerseys were presented to a group of fans from the Knicks’ community and Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organizations, local youth basketball programs and Knicks season subscribers.
Throughout the game, there was special entertainment geared toward thanking fans in attendance for their support for the team this season, including special video messages from Knicks players and alumni. The “thank you” messages also reached fans outside the Garden through the Knicks’ digital and social media.