Home of the Boston Celtics & Boston Bruins
With superstar players like LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Kyrie Irving, the NBA is continuously gaining popularity. TD Garden then adds to that fanfare with it’s rich history and passionate fans. Be prepared before going to a game, by reading this…
Best place to take a selfie– Head up to Section 308 for not only a full overview of the court, but also a great shot of the 17 Celtics banners proudly hanging from the rafters.
Also, keep an eye out for a free photo opportunity on the main concourse. There may just be the “insert self here” logo, where you too can look like Lucky spinning the ball.
Food at the arena– TD Garden will have all of your basics; hot dogs, burgers, and beer. But, how about taking something else out for a test drive, like a jalapeno Cheetos waffle chicken sandwich or Cheetos Crusted Fried Mac ’n Cheese. Both can be found at the Frito Lay Test Kitchen (located on Level 4, Section 15).
Or, another fan favorite is Lucky’s Chicken (located on Level 4 & 7). There’s nothing quite like nicely seasoned chicken strips & fries basket.
They also offer an array of different gluten free and healthy options.
Getting to the arena– TD Garden is located on top of a train station. So, while you can drive, I would recommend the ease of a commuter train or the subway (also known as the T). Commuter Rail trains come in from Lowell, Fitchburg, Haverhill, and Newburyport/ Rockport.
Depending on where you are coming from, you will want to take the orange or green line to North Station on the subway. As of May 2019, a round-trip trip is just under $5 a person.
If you do want to drive, there is a parking garage also underneath the arena. You can reserve a spot here.
Best place to sit– To sit at half-court on the Loge (100 level), you’re probably going to pay at least $200 a seat. However, I think you still get a great view sitting at half-court in the Balcony (300) level. Plus, you will typically pay less than half the price. I also enjoyed sitting behind the basket (Loge 5-8 & 16-19), because I felt like I was part of the action.
If you’d like a better idea of what your view might look like, check this virtual seat finder.
Best place to find the mascot– As are most leprechauns, Lucky is super elusive. If you are well…lucky, you might see him roaming the concourse. But, more than likely, you’ll just see him doing tricks on the court.
Best place to pre-game– Halftime Pizza is a Causeway St. staple. Located on the same street as TD Garden, this family owned pizza joint is known for their pizza, large beers, and tradition. It might not be the fanciest pizza you’ve ever had, but it is the perfect place to hang out with locals and hockey fans before the game.
You should know– The Celtics hold the record for most NBA championships, currently sitting at 17. Hence, why the 17 banners should be part of your game day selfie/photo (see best place for a selfie).This is also why the company who owns and operates the team is called Banner Seventeen. So…if and when the Celtics win another championship, do you think the LLC will change their name to Banner Eighteen?
Bonus– Every game, they put fans photos on the jumbo-tron. Having worked there, it never ceased to amaze me how many people “broke” one the following “rules” and still expected to see their face up on the screen. These are telltale signs you will not see your photo up there.
-Don’t @ people in your caption (privacy reasons).
-Don’t make lude or inappropriate gestures in your picture.
-Don’t write any variation of “put me on the big screen.”
-Don’t hold alcohol, if you look young
What’d I miss? Let me know in the comments!