TD Garden, also referred to as “The Garden,” is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and home to the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins. It is named after its sponsor, TD Bank, a subgroup of Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank.
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Arena Guide by Basketball Tripper
The TD Garden was built as a replacement facility to the original Boston Garden; the arena officially broke ground on April of 1993 and wasn’t finished until September of 1995. The facility is fixed directly above MBTA’s North Station. It is the largest sports and entertainment arena in the New England are with an estimated three to four million visitors each year. The arena is owned by foodservice and hospitality company Delaware North, whose CEO, Jeremy Jacobs, also owns the Bruins.
On May 8, 1992, Delaware North announced that it had locked in its funding for a new arena with upwards of $120 million worth of loans evenly split between Fleet Bank of Massachusetts, Bank of Boston, and Shawmut National Corporation. Construction officially on April 29, 1993, was completed 27 months after seven weeks of delays due to heavy snowfall.
Before the 2006–2007 season, the arena underwent a major renovation that resulted in a new entertainment board and video advertising panels. They also added a see-through shot clock. Later, in 2009, a new energy-efficient lighting system was added to the outside of the arena. They also announced $70 million in a project upgrade to the concourses and Legends Club restaurant and the relocation of the merchandise shot and technological advancements. Finally, in the 2018-2019 season, a significant upgrade to the playing surface’s overhead lighting had just been finished.
Best Bars Near Ground
Several popular bars are located within walking distance to the arena, with a few of the favorites being Boston Beer Works located across the street from Fenway Park, Sports Grille Boston, and The Fours. The Fours was Sports Illustrated’s’ “Best Sports Bar in America” with memorabilia covering the walls. The Fours is almost like a Boston sports history museum. No matter what bar you find yourself at, Boston is a fantastic sports city passionate about the Celtics and always has a great atmosphere on game days.
Food - Places to Eat
While several of the bars and pubs in the area offer several food options, a few other food options are a favorite of the locals and are right around the arena that you can stop at before tip-off. While TD Garden has a variety of restaurants such as Frito Lay Test Kitchen, North End Butcher, Sal’s Pizza, and many others; some of the most popular in the area are Alcove, A&B Burgers, Tasty Burgers as well as West End Johnnie’s
The TD Garden offers daily tours for The Sports Museum that leave on the hour every hour (Monday-Saturday,) and begin at 10:00 am, and the last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. The tours start on the first level of the arena at the pro shop. The museum exhibits celebrate the history of Boston sports, including all the teams that play and have played at the TD Garden. There is a maximum of 18 participants, so it is advised that you check in 15-30 minutes before the start of the tour.
Boston Celtics Tickets
Typically, Celtics tickets vary on who they are playing on the given night, but tickets can be found for as low as $25.00, with an average price of $109.00.
One of the best seating options for a Celtics game is the Club seating in sections 107-115 and 137-145. One of the more popular is in the SportsDeck, and this is a more casual location with great amenities such as all-you-can-eat appetizers and early access to the stadium on game day. Finally, you have VIP seating, a premium option that includes seats in the first five rows.
Visiting the Arena - Travel
Since the TD Garden is located near the heart of Boston, there are several travel options you can choose from. The most popular transportation methods would include busses, rental bikes/scooters, MBTA trains that have a stop just under the arena, various forms of car services, and thousands of parking spots if you chose to bring your vehicle.
The address for TD Garden is as follows:
• 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
While traffic during game nights will drive larger crowds than usual down to Boston, you should be in the clear of heavy traffic if you leave a few hours before tip-off. If you are coming from surrounding suburbs, you will most likely be coming into the city on one of the three major highways ( I-95, I-495, and I-93).
While there are public/paid parking options on any given game night, the lot that the TD Garden sponsors is the North Station Garage. This garage offers an event rate of $54 if you enter the garage three hours before the tipoff. There are elevators located in the garage that will bring you directly to the main concourse and you can scan your tickets from there.
For public transportation, you are most likely looking to be on MBTA, a network of computer rails that run the metro area of Boston. You can take a series of connections that you can ultimately take to North Station, just under the arena. This train network can take you nearly anywhere in the metro area of Boston.
Airports and Flying
If you are coming from out of state and flying, you will most likely fly into Boston Logan International Airport. The drive from the airport to the arena is 3.5 miles and will roughly take 25-40 minutes to reach the arena. The most popular transportation methods to the TD Garden are by subway ($3), bus ($3-$13), taxi ($15-$20), or car.