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Boston sports teams: A beginner’s guide

Olivia Reid
A student plays a game of basketball with friends in Clark Athletic Center. Photo by Olivia Reid / Mass Media Staff

Boston, Mass., one of the most historic cities in the country, is situated in the heart of New England. They are well-known for their highly regarded sports teams, in addition to their lengthy history.

A significant component of Boston culture is sports. The Boston Red Sox for baseball, New England Patriots for football, Boston Bruins for hockey, Boston Celtics for basketball, and New England Revolution for soccer, are noted for their fervent fan following. The Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and New England Revolution are among the five major league sports franchises that call Boston home.

Both the culture of the city and that of the surrounding Greater Boston area is shaped by sports, whether it be professional sports or local sports teams. Boston is home to many professional sports teams, but none more so than the illustrious Boston Red Sox, whose supporters are renowned for their fervor and expertise in the game.

When it comes to their teams, Boston boasts some of the most devoted supporters anywhere. With all of the championships and contributions that their teams have made to their respective sports, these men and women take great pleasure in their rich sporting history.

Since there is rarely a small crowd at any event, their attendance at sporting events is always impressive. In order to demonstrate their support for their teams and help them win yet another title, these supporters will do anything and everything within their power.

With many major institutions situated in the city, college sports have a long history in Boston as well. These include Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and, of course, UMass Boston. Boston is the best sports city for more than just professional and collegiate teams. There are countless amateur teams competing in every sport imaginable.

Without their devoted followers, Boston’s sports teams would not be as successful as they have been. It’s better to be loved and lost than never to be loved, as the majority of Boston sports fans are now aware.

There are fan bases for the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. Depending on the season, each is just as passionate as the others. Through thick and thin, Boston fans don’t waver. These supporters have suffered through Super Bowl blunders at the hands of NFC east teams, NBA Finals defeats just like this past year, a catastrophic Red Sox September (1), and playoff-eliminating overtime goals.

Boston sports tickets can be a bit pricey, just ask Patriots fans. Average ticket prices for the 2021 season saw the Patriots have the third highest price for a ticket, at $131.45 (2). Although it’s bad news for devoted supporters, fans will spend whatever it takes to watch their teams play. Residents always look forward to a Duck Boat procession honoring a championship win each year, and typically, they do.

Each year, millions of tourists come to experience the city’s historic attractions, pedestrian-friendly streets and bustling waterfront. People from all over the world come to Boston to have fun because of the city’s dynamic social scene, booming business environment and diversified intellectual community, but one of the most important aspects of Boston culture is athletics. It draws both locals and international students alike to participate in the diversified number of sports that Boston has to offer.

Students engage in basketball, volleyball, flag football and soccer as recreational activities that are open to all, whether it’s with a group of friends, or affiliated with school. UMass Boston offers these activities on their recreation page, where students can play organized sports in both the fall and spring, as well as use recreational facilities (3).

Everyone has an array of possibilities to play sports, because Boston offers so many of them. Thus, one can effectively utilize this since it emphasizes and works to enhance your physical health and wellness. College athletics, recreational sports and staying active also encourage physical fitness at a crucial juncture in a younger person’s life. As a result, participating in this type of activity can aid in the overall development of a person’s personality.

  1. VIDEO: Dan Shaughnessy Knows The Sox Have This Game Won – SBNation.com

  2. NFL average ticket price by team 2021 | Statista

  3. Recreation – UMass Boston (umb.edu)

About the Contributor
Olivia Reid, Photo Editor