Friday, April 3, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Garden

They don't make arenas like this any more. Boston Garden had plenty of character and charm, even though there weren't that many good seats. In fact, there was one seat tucked under an overhand in which the patron could see about one-third of the hockey ice surface.

Still, this was an intimidating place to play as a visitor, particularly in basketball. You could always look up and see the banners that detailed all of the world championships won by the Celtics. The ghosts of Russell, Havlicek and Bird were never far away.

The new building, constructed next door and having a different name every few weeks it seems, has great sightlines and all of the usual bells and whistles. But intimidating it's not.

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