The Knicks won't be able to play their game against the Orlando Magic because of some maintenance problems. The team issued a statement:

Following last night’s Rangers game, during overnight maintenance of Madison Square Garden, which included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling, some debris fell into the Arena.

Out of an abundance of caution, and after consulting the NBA, we are postponing tonight’s Knicks v. Magic game. We will be working with the city and independent experts, ATC Associates and GCI Environmental Advisory, to evaluate and determine the most appropriate course of action. As the safety of our customers and employees are our top priority, we will not reopen the Garden until we are absolutely assured the Arena is safe.

Ticketholders are advised to retain their tickets, and to go to nyknicks.com for rescheduling information. We will announce information about future events as soon as they have been determined.


Newsday points out, "Considering that it is asbestos-related, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Garden won't be available to the Knicks in time for Friday's game against the Wizards... It is the seventh time in franchise history that the Knicks have postponed a home game. The most recent was Jan. 7, 1996, when a snowstorm caused the cancellation of a Knicks-Sonics game at the Garden. Never before has a game been cancelled at the Garden because of an arena issue. In 1965, a game against the St. Louis Hawks on Nov. 9, 1965 was postponed due to The Great Blackout."