The New York Knicks will host their third annual Pride night on January 16 when the team takes on the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden.
The festivities will get underway before the game when the MSG ceiling and exterior is lit up in Rainbow colors and the New York City Gay Men’s Choir Ensemble performs the National Anthem.
The night is expected to be a family-friendly hit for all who attend. There will be a halftime game between Junior Knicks teams from the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a nationwide organization serving LGBTQ youth, and Pride-related in-game entertainment and giveaways are also planned. Guest DJ Valissa Yoe is also going to be on hand.
Plus, there will be “special offers” from Big Gay Ice Cream and Pride-themed hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase at stores in the stadium.
During the game, the Knicks will be presenting the Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” award to Sean Coleman, who heads up Destination Tomorrow in the Bronx. The award is named after Knicks star Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, who became the first Black player on the team.
The game will mark the Knicks’ first Pride night since acquiring Reggie Bullock, who became a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights causes after his transgender sister, Mia Henderson, was murdered in 2014. Bullock also lost a second sibling, Keiosha Moore, who was killed in October of last year. In remembrance, Bullock dyed his hair in Rainbow colors at the beginning of the season.
The Nets, meanwhile, will host their annual Pride night game in March against the Memphis Grizzles at Barclays Center.
Those interested in buying tickets for Knicks’ Pride night can visit nyknicks.com/tickets.