The much publicized Boston Sports Then & Now and Red’s Army Celtics Viewing Party took place yesterday afternoon. While the Celtics could not take down the hated Lakers, it was a great back and forth match-up that featured much fan fair.
Despite just 51 Facebook event commitments on the day of the event, 115 people packed The Place in Boston. It was a remarkable crowd, but there were plenty of reasons for people to make the party their destination. In addition to the great weather, free food, drink specials, and an un-matched raffle were the draw. Celtics/Heat tickets, Celtics/Jazz tickets, Magic/Bird Broadway show tickets, an Antoine Walker autographed basketball, Fanatics.com gift cards, Muze t-shirts, Supah Fan t-shirts, and a gift card to The Place brought a hush to the crowd on every ticket draw.
The halftime entertainment was complements of Comcast Sports Net New England’s Jessica Camerato. A Q&A featured questions about the availability (or lack there of) of Rajon Rondo, the team’s desire to make a deal to mortgage the future, and the possible needs for a deep playoff run.
It was not the quantity of people at the event, but rather the quality. As the second half got intense, chants of “DE-FENSE” and “Beat L-A” bursted out. Each call against the team was followed by a “boo” and each great play was followed by a resounding cheer. Frankly, the people there wanted to be there.
The Place also was a wonderful and gracious host. Willing to work with us along the way, the venue was ultra-accommodating and receptive to any challenge we threw their way. Despite the smaller number of attendees we reported to them, they adjusted and took care of the large crowd that did indeed show up.
Fun was certainly had by all and the only thing truly missing was a Celtics victory. A similar Celtics event will surely follow this fall, as it was too much fun to not bring this group of Celtics die-hards together again.
A sincere thank you to those who did come and a plee to those who did not make it to come out to the next BST&N party!