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Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics Home Arena
Saturday, March 4, 2011
103 - 107 Win

  TD Gardenden
Boston, Massachusetts
 

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NBA Basketball Arena Review - Oystas and Chowda
Union Oyster House - Roundball RoadTrip - Boston, MAThe city of Boston, Massachusetts is a great sports town with some of the most die hard fans youíll find anywhere in the country. These days, with championship-caliber talent representing the Boston area in all four of the major pro sports leagues, being a fan of the home team has never been sweeter. It was early March and a couple of weeks before St, Pattyís day (I really wish I planned this trip better), and I found myself in Boston to watch the Boston Celtics take on the Golden State Warriors as part of my continuing Roundball RoadTrip around the NBA.

To fully appreciate the Boston area as a home team fan, I find itís best to visit a variety of locations pre and post game for a more well rounded Boston experience. Personally, I like to start with lunch at an establishment that has been an institution in Bean-Town since it opened as a restaurant in 1826. I speak of the Union Oyster House, the longest continuously operating restaurant in the country. Guests can choose a seat at the same U-shaped mahogany oyster bar frequented by Daniel Webster who was known for drinking a tall tumbler of brandy and water with each plate of raw oysters. To this day, oyster shuckers remain hard at work and the draft beer flows freely as pint after pint are consumed in a cozy, yet historic atmosphere. The interior of the restaurant hasnít changed much over the years and the setting really gives patrons a feel for the revolutionary spirit of our founding fathers. I personally like to sit down at the bar with a bowl of their famous clam chowder, a side of corn bread and a plate of some Blue Point oysters.  It simply doesn't get much better in Boston.

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The Four's - Roundball RoadTrip - Boston, MAPrior to game time, the area surrounding TD Garden is packed with an incredible assortment of local watering holes to supply NBA basketball fans with their pregame libations of choice. I like to start at The Fourís. Proclaimed the #1 sports bar in the nation by Sports Illustrated, itís easy to see why this local hotspot has been a fan favorite since it opened in1976. The Fourís is actually named for Boston Bruins legend, Bobby Orr (#4), who invested some of the original capital to get the sports bar off the ground. Known for their signature sandwiches, most guests rave about the "Bobby Orr", which is a charbroiled steak tip sandwich with melted cheese. The Fourís is a pure sports bar. Itís decorated with an impressive collection of sports memorabilia and attracts some of Bostonís most knowledgeable fans. Sports writers like Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, or Bill Simmons are known to frequent the bar, as well as an assortment of players, coaches, and even the Celtics Dancers. The food is exceptional and I always find myself actively engaged in some great debate on the state of affairs in New England sports.

Sullivan's Tap - Roundball RoadTrip - Boston, MAAfter The Fourís, I like to wind down in Bostonís most celebrated dive bar, Sullivanís Tap. Sullivanís Tap is your typical no frills, cheap beer bar. Spanning an entire city block, the place is setup like a long narrow tunnel with the bar stretched alongside one wall and a door on each end. The bartenders are seasoned pros with a gruff nature thatís actually rather refreshing and the patrons are your die hard, blue collar inebriates that love to talk local sports. After a downing a few pints, even my Bostonian accent thickens as I begin dropping ďRísĒ like one Bostonís own. My beer of choice at Sullivanís Tap is the famous Narragansett, which has been brewed in the area since 1890. As soon as the bar tender warned me that there would be no refund once he cracked open the can, I knew I had discovered a true local classic. A word of caution on Sullivanís Tap patronage ... be sure to bring cash because they do not accept credit cards there. Sullivanís Tap is pure Boston, and definitely an experience to partake in.

Roundball RoadTrip - TD Garden, Boston, MA - Hans SteinigerOnce appropriately sauced, it was time to head over to TD Garden, the home of the Boston Celtics. By establishing "The Big Three" in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, Celtic pride has returned to Boston as championship caliber basketball has come to be expected by these rabid fans. The front office has done an exceptional job of restocking the Celtics with talent, making astute draft picks and timely trades to ensure that this team will continue to be a force in the Eastern Conference for several more years.  Walking into TD Garden, your attention is immediately pulled to the rafters as seventeen NBA Championship banners hang from the roof and the trademark parquet floor remains the surface of choice since itís installation in 1946. Over the years several boards have been replaced, but the design remains and it's rumored to maintain some boards from the original surface. The parquet floor design was created by the East Boston Lumber Company in response to the shortage of materials following World War II. They constructed the floor from scraps fitting them together in an alternating pattern resulting in the most recognizable surface in the National Basketball Association.

TD Garden - Boston, Parquet Floor - Hans SteinigerGame time was awesome, as the Boston Celtics organization and its tradition of winning imposes this aura affecting those that enter these hallowed halls. The Boston Celtics faithful bring an energy thatís unmatched in the National Basketball Association and the ghosts of Celtic greats seem to be a tangible presence throughout the building over the course of the game. Taking on the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics were without forward Glen Davis or center Shaquille OíNeal.  In the second quarter they also lost guard  Von Wafer.  Newly acquired forward, Jeff Green, therefore took full advantage of the extra playing time by contributing on the offensive side of the ball notching 21 points as he was continuously fed by Rajon Rondo.  Rondo finished with 16 rebounds as Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each contributed 27 points.  The depleted Celtics, however, showed some defensive vulnerability as an 18-point Celtic lead was whittled down to one by the Warriors late in the fourth quarter. With seconds remaining in the game, Ray Allen grabbed a key rebound and hit two free throws to hold off the Golden State Warriors and notch the 107 Ė 103 victory.  It was an incredible game.  Damn, it's good to be a Boston Celtics Fan!


For more information on the city of Boston, MA check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
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City of Boston Local Informationion  
Local Points of Interest:
Quincy Market
The Freedom Trail, Paul Revere House, King's Chapel, Old North Church
Fenway Park
Salem, MA

Local Foods:
Clam Chowda, Fresh Lobster, Fresh Seafood
Boston Baked Beans

Popular Bars:
TD Garden Area (The Four's, Boston Beer Works, Sullivan's Tap, Sports Grille
     Boston, McGann's Irish Pub, The Harp)
Faneuil Hall (Black Rose, The Tap, Red Hat)
Doyle's Cafe, Franklin Cafe, Oak Bar 
 
Best Restaurants:
Union Oyster House (oldest oyster bar in America)
Cheers
No Name Restaurant (seafood)
Durgin-Park (fantastic classic New England restaurant)
Warren Tavern (historic location serving local chow)
Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Boston
Metro Rail Map (MBTA)
Arena Fan Policy

Local Sports Media:
The Boston Globe

Boston Herald
The Providence Journal

Where to Stay:
Definitely plan on staying in downtown Boston. You wonít want to miss the opportunity to lose yourself in history, dine on fresh seafood, or enjoy the fascinating nightlife offered downtown. The Radisson Hotel Boston or Nine Zero are both situated within walking distance of all that downtown Boston has to offer.  The Liberty Hotel is also very nice; it's located on Beacon Hill.

Getting to the Arena:
TD Garden can be accessed either by commuter rail or by car.  There's plenty of parking in the lots or parking garages around the arena, but be aware of the closing times for these garages as you might find yourself locked out when you're ready to return home.  To get to TD Garden by rail, simply take any of the lines to the North Station.

 
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