BOSTON (CBS) – There will be no viewing party at the TD Garden for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night, Boston Mayor Tom Menino has confirmed to WBZ-TV.

Bruins fans had hoped the TD Garden would be open to watch the game, much like Canucks fans had the opportunity to do in Vancouver for Game 6.

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But, city officials had too many logistical and security concerns to address with just one night left before the game.

“Some people get exuberant have a few and act up, and you know, this is a sport, and a lot of families who like to watch sports bring kids, and I wouldn’t want to send the wrong message to anyone,” said Mayor Menino.

Though there won’t be a viewing party at the Garden, security will still be in force as police expect fans will still be drawn to the area near Causeway Street. Signs are already posted warning streets will be blocked to cars.

“Obviously, not having 16,000 people coming out of the Garden makes our job a little bit easier. Like I said, we’re trying to discourage them from coming down to the area. If they can stay in their homes, or in their neighborhood. You know, we just don’t want to be dealing with massive crowds,” said William Evans, the Boston Police superintendent.

Fans heading to the area surrounding the TD Garden are encouraged to take public transportation Wednesday night.

There will be no parking near North Station, Faneuil Hall and Kenmore Square.


Beth Germano

Comments (73)
  1. Stephanie says:

    This is absolutly ridiculous. Come on Boston.

    1. Sandra Jeffrey says:

      Come on!! You guys had weeks to set up a contigency plan if this series went the full 7 games! Lame lame excuse Menino if you ask me! Sorry the Boston fans are getting ripped off royally. Here in Vancouver we have 5 or more venues that will be hosting a viewing party. Since one ticket to Roger’s Arena to see the game is equal to my monthly mortgage I am happy all the other venues are FREE! We’ll be watching at Boulevard Casino (1000 cushy seats) on their 48 foot HDTV. May the best team win!

    2. Jim says:

      I will NOT VOTE for menion and the Democrats again!
      don’t forget this meniono.
      Every city does it.

    3. Paul says:

      It is too dangerous Menino says it is too dangerous to open the Garden tomorrow for viewing party. Ok, I have a question for you Menino and BP.
      Is that mean, If there is a terrorist attack or an emergency disaster, you care not prepared to protect this city?
      OPEN THE GARDEN like every city did.
      Or you lost this regsitered democrat’s vote Democrats!

    4. Troy Dann says:

      THIS IS IT.

    5. Parsfan20016 says:

      You “half” to be kidding me! Talk about “FOOLS”. When the Bruins come home with the cup the Mayor will continue to LQQK like the “Jack-Ass” that he is. AND if they lose he will – same!

  2. Vinnie says:

    I bet if this was World Series time and the Red Sox were in it, there would be a viewing party at Fenway. It’s so much easier for crowd control, everyone would be in one location. Does Menino think he really has a better plan in place when and if everyobe floods Causeway after the game? Pathetic!

    1. Brian in the Burbs says:

      Then permit our brothers at the Red Sox front office step up host the event!!

  3. Brian in the Burbs says:

    Really Mayor Menino?!

    You can pull off a 7-mile Rolling Rally for the Sox and Celtics LESS THAN A DAY AND A HALF AFTER THEY CLINCH but you and your team can’t figure out the safety logistics to accommodate opening up the Gahden for Game 7 tomorrow night?? Really?!

    REALLY L-A-M-E!!! Boo! Hiss! BOO!! HISS!!

    1. Demiocrat 4 life says:

      I am calling President Obama.
      Boston Bruins had the first Africasn hockey player in NHL league.
      As the President of the United States of America, he sure would want the US team fans to enjoy game 7 viewing party especially against a Canadian team!!

  4. B'sFan32 says:

    Great way to support the home team….NOT.
    If it was the Red Sox or Patirots, it would be no problem.

    “You know, we just don’t want to be dealing with massive crowds,” said William Evans, the Boston Police superintendent.
    Any chance he’s a Vancouver fan? Where’s the B’s love?

    GO BRUINS!!!!

  5. Tom McCormack says:

    Personally, I would go to the Garden to watch Gm7 and support the local economy, Garden concessions and souvenirs… The problem is that a small percentage of knuckleheads have gone too far in their exuberance over the last decade of championships. Unfortunately the Mayor had to make this call.

    1. Jim says:

      It would be much easier to control the crowd in ione area you moron!
      Now, they will be trouble everywhere! some peoole will intentd to make problems just because of Menino’s decision.
      Think about that too.
      IDIOT Menino.

  6. Brendan says:

    What if the game was at home? What’s the difference? Remember this when you go to the polls.

  7. bp says:

    Once again the mayor assumes the worst out of people. Fans would be more than well behaved in the garden. Everyone should let the mayor know how wrong he is

    1. Tim says:

      Everyone should call the Mayor’s office and threaten him by VOTE.

  8. Patrick says:

    Here’s my issue with the decision. I was at Game 7 against the Lightning and Menino had asked the crowds to “behave”. That had to be the least ruckus crowd I had ever seen leaving the Garden. In fact, I believe there was only 2 arrests that night. I live in western Mass and would have gone to the Garden tomorrow. Now I won’t be anywhere close to the city, so there’s money that won’t be spent in Boston.

  9. Raylene says:

    Thanks a lot Mayor, this woruld of been great for the fans who could not afford to go to a regular game. I was really looking forward to going. Party pooper

  10. Ellen says:

    Bunch of party poopers.

  11. Craig says:

    Hey Superintendant Evans it’s Game–bleeping–Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals and our team is on the road so you can bet your dark blue ass and panda cars that there’s gonna be some crowds. And another thing Menino sucks!
    Let’s go Bruins!

  12. Ky Walt says:

    This was something that occurred in Vancouver and Dallas (For NBA Finals) without major issues, I would understand if it was even Chem Free, This BITES!

  13. Craig says:

    I’m really not surprised the guy who cancels the fun is a cross eyed mumbling drooling blithering idiot! Real ionic move there mumbles!

  14. Craig says:

    I believe the words of the day here for your “ionic” drooling, mumbling and bumbling mayor of Boston is: TONE DEAF! This is a hockey city you imbeciles!

  15. rob says:

    Mayor (?) Menino,
    Nice demonstration of home town pride. Where are you watching the game? Why not invite 15,000 ACTUAL fans.

    Go B’s.

    Hope not to see you during the parade.

    1. Matt Souza says:

      rob will he have the courage or guts to do a parade. do u think.

  16. Glenn Sousa says:

    They can do this in every other big city in the country but not Boston? Come on Menino be proud of Boston and its fans. Great city, great fans , and a wimp for a mayor.

  17. Turtle says:

    typical Boston response. How does every other city in North America do this? it’s 2011, time to support ALL Boston teams equally. Thanks Mayor Borrows, or was that Mayor Luong? We’ve been pumping money into the city for TWO months of this great playoff run Pathetic response. It’s embarassing for the entire region.

  18. sloopjohnB2 says:

    The Mayor is a moron. Every other city opens up their stadium. Just look at the pictures from Vancouver last night. He’s always saying what a great city we have and how safe it is. Shame on him. He is a dunce!

  19. Italo says:

    I’m glad they spelled out the story here online in writing. I couldn’t understand maybe one or two words of what Mr. Mayor was saying. This is just another example of how Boston can’t get out of its own way and get something right. Too bad. Go Bruins!

  20. cartman says:

    ya thats a smart move menino now explain to me what youre gonna do with the extra 16,000 people who are gonna show up despite not opening the garden cuz guess what theyre gonna hafta get there early to get in places which means theyre gonna be drinking earlier….and chief wiggum really you dont think theres gonna be crowds? how the hell did you become superintendent let alone be granted the opportunity to hold a weapon thinking crowds arent going to gather outside the building of a team on the road thats playing for a championship….2 meatballs right there

  21. BILL says:


  22. RRFields says:

    Small time city…

  23. realist says:

    This is par for the course in this commie left wing state. A bunch of boobs who can never figure out how to do things other major cities have been doing for years. I knew there was no chance they’d do this.

  24. kelly says:

    now im gunna go down and cause a frigen riot just to prove a point. i was lookin foward to watchin game in garden cuz im not a yuppie that all iof a sudden likes bruins and can afford 1000 dollar tickets. this couldve been a chance for real fans to join in the celebration. menino ill make sure no1 in my family votes for u factttt

    1. cartman says:

      marry me lol

      1. kelly says:

        haha u got that cartman … oh ya and one more thing, all u little yuppie pigs who went out to buy seguin and lucic jerseys ( u can tell cuz they r fresh white and crispy haha ) return ur money cuz the jerseys arent gunna get u porked by a bruins player . go home u are all straight fakkkeeee fans. im a real fan, thats y i can only afford 10 dollars to get into a viewing party haha

  25. Mike Smith says:

    Like I said, we’re trying to discourage them from coming down to the area. If they can stay in their homes, or in their neighborhood. You know, we just don’t want to be dealing with massive crowds,” said William Evans, the Boston Police superintendent.

    Way to support your Cities businesses. Just a poor move the City of Boston.

  26. mike says:

    typical of mayor menino wait till the polls opens we will remember

  27. Deb says:

    I agree with BP – send the mayor a personal message at:

  28. Bill says:

    Let us not forget this!!! flood him with emails and show up to celebrate at the Garden!!!

    1. Grant says:

      Like Mumbles knows how to email!

  29. Jason says:

    How is this any different than if the Bruins had won the cup last night? Thanks a lot Menino. Now that I know that no kids are gonna be down there I can even more drunk and go crazier.

  30. Mike says:

    I’ll be driving up from CT to watch game 7 at the bars on Canal St. This is pathetic, its game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. I’m a season ticket holder who has commuted from CT for most of the season and was really hoping they would get this done.

  31. Walter says:

    Best believe I will be in Boston for this game. I think it’s so silly there will be no showing that’s obscene.

  32. Paul Fournier says:

    Gee, they had a viewing of the game last night in Vancouver for the fans! Why couldn’t BOSTON do the same for it’s fans?? There was a live camera on at the Rogers arena last night. Just didn’t look too fun. Maybe because they went down 4-0 really early!!!

  33. Mike says:

    Also if he thinks there won’t be crowds on Causeway St. if they Bruins win the cup tomorrow then he is more of an idiot than I thought. I’m sure we all remember how it was around Fenway in 2004 and 2007.

    Very disappointed in the mayor and to think that people originally blamed NBC because it would hurt their ratings. I almost could understand that reasoning more.

  34. Mike says:

    Oh and by the way, Vancouver was able to have 60,000+ stand in the middle of the streets by Rogers Arena and watch game 6 last night. But Boston can’t deal with A NORMAL GARDEN EVENT CROWD. Pathetic.

    1. Paul Fournier says:

      Rogers Arena held a viewing party!! I was able to watch it live on!!

  35. Paul says:

    guess who is going to be first in line to have his picture taken with the cup if they win??

  36. mike perez says:

    Whew good thing we didn’t have home ice

  37. tannerjack says:

    You can have Gay Pride parade but not a viewing party for game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals? I have nothing against gays (some of my best friends are gay) but why should you be able to hold a parade based on your sexual preference but you can’t support your home town team in their home building? Seems a little ass-backwards (no pun intended) if you ask me.

  38. limerickboy says:

    There once was mayor named Tom-
    Whose tongue was hit by a bomb.
    There will be no showing of game seven
    On Causeway Street in 2011
    Now go back to where you are from!

  39. peter says:

    What’s the matter Supt. Evans? Afraid one of your yahoos will kill another innocent co-ed?

  40. FrakYou says:

    Frak Menino and Frak this police state.

    Hopefully 30,000 will show up for a impromptu party along canal street and Mumbles goes ballistic

    What or what did we ever do before a few years back when it apparently because ok to line the streets with riot police and APC’s whenever a large event came to town.

  41. J says:

    Huh? So what if Boston had home ice, what would they have done then? Forfeited the game because a couple might get exuberant and act up?

    Asking people to stay away from the area? Really? I’m sure the restaurant and bar owners over there appreciate you asking consumers to stay away.

    Boston is one of the greatest sports cities yet our city officials can’t figure out how to plan a viewing party at the home arena or outdoors yet all these other cities manage to make it happen.

  42. Jorge says:

    Classic Menino. Worse than “Varitek through the uprights”

    The fact this moron gets re-elected year after year is the only thing surprising here. He is terrible. You are all terrible for voting for him. He literally has brain damage and can’t speak english.

    Boston Liberals ruining everything…again.

  43. Friend of the Monarchy says:

    King Menino hath spoken! All hail the King! The King always knows what’s best for his subjects. I want to thank all my fellow Bostonians who voted for Menino. I didn’t, but obviously I am a fool for believing that citize… i mean subjects know what is best for themselves. I foolishly believed that we the people were responsible for protecting ourselves, and the government’s responsibility was to protect our rights. How wrong I was! Vote Menino next mayoral election! Because everyone knows that the fight for freedom that began is Boston was all about preserving the reign of kings!

  44. Joe H. says:

    Boston is a first class city with a second class mayor,I`m sure mumbles will be very happy watching Larry Bird hit the puck through the uprights at his house.Once again a total lack of vision on his part.

  45. mags77 says:

    mumbles is too busy banning soft drinks…what a joke …you get what you vote for…

  46. Raylene says:

    One more thiing Mr. Mayor, I was listing to what you said this morning, and I have to say that Bruins fans are not a bunch of beer drinkers, who just go to the game to get drunk. Most have been fans all there lives and enjoy the game. Seems your time in office has give you a swelled head.

  47. Michelle Fuller Fitzgerald says:

    Disgraceful, that’s all I have :(

  48. Billyboy says:

    This has nothing to do with logistics…it has to do with NBC not granting the rights to have a viewing of this size. They don’t want the possibility of losing ratings points when metered families go to the Garden instead of turning on their sets at home. Remember the disclaimer at the end of every broadcast…”This broadcast is the copyrighted property of xxxx. No rebroadcast or description of this event without the express written consent of xxxx.”

  49. chickenparm says:

    Well if we can’t have a viewing party, what happens if the Bruins win we can’t have a parade either??

  50. sean says:

    What a let down….what’s the difference if the game was being played at the Garden tonight?

  51. response says:

    Would have been nice if they could do it at Gillette or at Fenway.
    Charge $5.00 to get in and all the money go to the tornado victims in the western part of the state.
    The owners could keep the parking money and the food/beverage sales.

    The mayor is really missing out on a revenue generating oppertunity and give something back to people who really need it in their time of need.

  52. Fan says:

    This guy is a joke. Dallas did it for the NBA Finals. Vancouver did it for Game 6. But for some reason the city of Boston, and its citizens, are not on the same maturity as these cities according to this bumbling, stumbling, embarrassment of a mayor.

  53. The Sage says:

    Four reasons I hate Menino.

    1) He’s the head of one of most corrupt city governments in the country.

    2) He got Opie and Anthony fired

    3) He was the only mayor in the United States that thought those viral marketing light up boards for Aqua Teen Hunger Force were dangerous

    4) No viewing party at the Garden tonight.

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