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Basketball season is in full swing, and the Celtics are bringing some world class competition to our neighborhood several nights a week. For those less familiar, here are 8 reasons why we love going to Celtics games.

TD Garden

The TD Garden, located just across the street from the Boxer Boston Hotel, is one of the best arenas in the NBA. From its historic predecessor to its world-famous parquet floor and hometown crowd, this is a local institution.

The History

While the bulk of the Celtics lore as the winningest franchise in league history is set at the old, now demolished, Boston Garden, it carries through to their newer home. Cases of memorabilia in the corridors and 16 championship banners hanging from the rafters remind all of this team’s storied past.

Isaiah Thomas

This young energetic point guard has been the team’s most electric and entertaining player over the past two seasons. His high-flying acrobatics and visionary passing skills are attractions of their own.

The Fans

Boston sports fans are famous around the world for uninhibited passion and ruthless treatment of visiting teams. Getting caught up in the yelling and cheering is a huge part of the fun at this pumped up arena.

Lucky the Leprechaun

The Celtics longtime mascot Lucky brings plenty of entertainment to Celtics games during timeouts and halftime. From front flip slam dunks to throwing tee shirts out into the crowd, he’s a favorite part of the show.

Brad Stevens

Many experts consider Brad Stevens to be among the most intelligent coaches in the NBA. As he builds the Celtics franchise of the future, he’s consistently constructing new plays and schemes that make this a fresh and exciting team to watch.

Local Favorites

The Garden is stocked with all of your local favorites like Harpoon beers, clam chowder and fresh roast beef sandwiches. From craft to domestic, hot dogs to brisket, you can eat and drink however you please at a Celtics game.

Halftime Shows

In addition to Lucky’s acrobatics, Celtics games always feature a fun halftime attraction. Whether it’s a fan taking a halfcourt shot for a new car, local youth teams playing a short game, or a dance routine from the Celtics Dancers, the show is sure to entertain.

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