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The TD Garden is nice, but it's no Boston Garden.
Is it weird if a team desperately requires an arena downgrade? Is that strange?
The TD Garden is actually a pretty nice arena. But its predecessor, the Boston Garden, was nothing short of sacred ground in Boston for decades. It's tough to top that.
A lot of what basketball is about today comes down to glitz and glamor. Teams are constantly pumping music through the loudspeakers during games (often even during play), there's always an obligatory “celeb-cam," and players are obsessed with their “brand.”
But basketball and going to basketball games used to be far different.
It used to be about the organ music and the heat and dreading spending the next two hours next to four way-too-sweaty guys—until about roughly midway through the second quarter.
Because then it was all about cheering and chest-bumping those same dudes after every made basket and not even caring that Guy No. 2's sweat was occupying the spot where your shirt used to be.
No arena better exemplified that feeling than the Boston Garden, and that's why Boston should get an arena downgrade (even though objectively it would probably break 500 different safety regulations).
A big part of this is probably just sentimentality, but the TD Garden, and really almost every arena nowadays, just doesn't have the same mystique that the real Garden did. Here's to hoping that changes.
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