Governor Baker’s announcement yesterday of the reopening of Massachusetts is great news for Boston sports fans! TD Garden, Fenway, Gillette Stadium and the countless colleges across the state will be welcoming fans back with open arms come March 22nd. Since it’s almost been a year of not being able to see sporting events live and in person, I’m going to rank my top 10 sporting events in Massachusetts to see in person. Let me know what you think of the list in the comments or on Twitter @AndrewFrates_
1. Red Sox games
I’ve been going to Fenway and Red Sox games since I was very young with my grandfather yet everytime I walk into the stadium it still feels magical. Mix in a few overpriced bud lights and a good baseball team on the field on a 75 degree summer night? Cmon, you can’t beat it.
2. Bruins games
Ice hockey in person is different. It just is. The game looks to be at hyper speed. When the Bruins score and the goal horn goes on and all 19,000 people’s hands go directly in the air at the same time. Pure bliss.
3. BC Football games
Yeah they haven’t been great recently. But they will be this fall! And I’m talking about the whole experience. The tailgating, inside the stadium, some of the best teams in the country are visiting. A perfect fall day walking around a gorgeous campus is tough to not like. Get your tickets now before they’re ranked in the top25 this year.
4. The Beanpot
A Massachusetts staple. The first and second Monday in February. You got the student sections going nuts, you got alums from each school who ducked out of work early to have a couple pops on a Monday. You got great hockey games. I love the Beanpot and it’s an awesome experience. We missed out this year.
5. The Boston Marathon
Marathon Monday is a holiday in Massachusetts and for good reason. It’s such a fun day and basically kicks off the summer in the region. Usually mid/late April so the weather can be tricky. I ran in 2017 when the weather was 70 and sunny and in 2018 it was 32 and hailing sideways. Luck of the draw for me!
6. Celtics games
I might take some heat for this being low. I feel like you need to sit courtside or very close to the court for Celtics games to be absolutely awesome. The best athletes in the world deserve a close-up view. Not a view from the nosebleeds (where I usually sit).
7. Patriots games
Another one I might take heat on and maybe I’m doing these games wrong. But going to Gillette to watch the Patriots doesn’t appeal to me as much as watching it on TV. NFL Football products are better on TV. Factor in how hard it is to get down to Gillette from the North Shore and I’m all set watching on the couch..
8. Your high school Thanksgiving day football game
Don’t care how old you are, don’t care how good or bad your high school football team is. This is all about getting together with your buddies and having morning beers in the parking lot before spending the rest of the day with your family.
9. BC Baseball games
Bias kicking in here big time. But they just got a brand new stadium. The team is nasty this year with 3 potential first round draft picks. Highly suggest checking out a ball game. I’ll see you there!
10. Any college hockey game
You literally sit on top of the ice at Matthews Arena (Northeastern). The Agganis Arena (BU) is world class for a college. They sell beer at Conte Forum (BC) now. Bentley just opened up a new $45 Million rink. Won’t have a bad time at any college hockey games in the area!
Like I said, let me know what I’m missing. Not just for good banter but for my own sake. I want to check out other boston sporting events! I’ve never been to the Head of The Charles. Or Harvard/Yale football. Let me know!