- Address: 100 Legends Way, Boston
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 18,000
- Opened: 30 September 1995
- Main use: Basketball, ice hockey
- Tenants: Boston Bruins (ice hockey), Boston Celtics (basketball)
Extra stadium info – TD Garden
The arena, which has a capacity of 17,000 for ice hockey, opened as the FleetCenter. The construction of the venue started in 1993 and its construction costs were $160 million. The construction works were delayed because of heavy snowfall. The TD Garden is known as a venue for several events, like basketball, boxing, box lacrosse, concerts, figure skating, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, political events and wrestling. It hosted numerous home games of the Boston Blazers, a former box lacrosse club.
The Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics
The TD Garden is the home of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Both clubs have been tenants of the venue since 1995. The Bruins played their first game at the arena on 7 October 1995. They drew the match against the New York Islanders 4-4. On 3 November 1995, the Celtics lost their first game at the venue against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Stanley Cups and NBA championship titles
The Boston Bruins won several Stanley Cups and the Boston Celtics became the most successful club in the National Basketball Association. The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup title in 1929 after defeating the New York Rangers. The Celtics won their first NBA championship title in 1957. They won nine NBA championship titles in the 1960s. In 1968, the Boston Celtics became the first club with 10 NBA championship titles, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1987.
Larry Joe Bird, who is widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time, played numerous matches for the Boston Celtics. In the 1980s, he won three NBA championship titles with the Celtics. Larry Bird only played for the Boston Celtics during his professional basketball career. In 1997, Larry Bird became the manager of the Indiana Pacers.