Created as a replacement for the outdated and undersized original Boston Garden – located a mere nine inches to the south of the recurrent building during its construction – the new venue was officially opened on this date on the day after a similar celebratory closing event was held in the original Boston Garden.
Relocation rumbles began as far back as the 1970s, when the Boston Bruins nearly moved to New Hampshire, and the Celtics considered relocating to Revere, Massachusetts.
Rights for a new arena were granted in 1985, but concrete plans did not materialize for most of a decade, with funding for construction secured in 1993, and construction beginning in April of that year.
The day after the farewell to the old Garden – complete with appearances from news anchor Dan Rather, hockey great Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, and Red Auerbach – the opening ceremony at the new Garden was held on September 30th, 1995.
Walt Disney’s World On Ice, Patti LaBelle, James Taylor, and a number of other performers were in attendance for the festivities.