Knicks-Magic Postponed: Asbestos at Madison Square Garden

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Sporting events have been postponed because of rain or snow, but this is a new one -- asbestos. The Knicks and Magic won't play tonight in New York because of the cancer-causing material.

Known as the World Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden is undergoing extensive renovation. On Monday, following a Rangers hockey game (the team shares the Garden with the Knicks), workers were cleaning asbestos-related materials from the attic above the ceiling when some of the debris fell into the arena.

The Knicks released a statement, saying in part:

Out of an abundance of caution, 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.

The next event scheduled for the Garden is another Knicks game Friday, against the Wizards. There is a possibility that game could be postponed or moved to another venue. The Knicks and Rangers could always play across the river at the Izod Center in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The building is empty since the Nets and Devils moved to Newark.

No make-up date for the game against Orlando has been announced.