Sports in Boston and Greater Boston area make a constituent part of local culture. The international community knows Boston sports fans for their devotion, loyalty, and knowledge of Boston sports history. Boston (Massachusetts) hosts major league sports teams, including the New England Patriots (football), the Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston Bruins (hockey), Boston Celtics (basketball), and New England Revolution (soccer). Boston-area colleges and universities actively participate in college athletics competitions.
The 2000s marked the most victorious period in Boston’s sports history. Boston professional teams won nine national championships. The Patriots won four titles; the Red Sox won three; while Bruins and Celtics won one title each over this glorious decade. In 2011, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup Finals. After that, the city of Boston became the first in the 21st city to win all major championships over the span of 2002 to 2011.
Original name of the team valid until 1971 was “The New England Patriots”. This famous professional American football team comes from the Greater Boston area belongs to the American Football Conference (AFC) East division. Since 2002, the home premise is Gillette Stadium located in the town called Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Patriots participated in the Super Bowl eight times, advanced to the playoffs four times prior to losing to Chicago Bears 46–10 in the 1986 Super Bowl XX final. In 2002, the Patriots won their first Super Bowl championship against St. Louis Rams and later in 2004 defeating Carolina Panthers. In 2005, the team beat Philadelphia Eagles. These victories have placed the Patriots in among the most successful teams in NFL history. The ongoing rivalry with New York Jets is actually the fiercest in the NFL.
The Boston Celtics is American professional basketball team playing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in NBA. The team established in playing their home games at the TD Garden. The Boston Celtics franchise is the most successful among the major North American professional sports.
The mascot of Celtics named “Lucky the Leprechaun” symbolizes the tribute to the team’s Irish roots and Boston’s Irish population. Following famous 1980s trio featuring Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, The new ”Big 3” stars of the Celtics in 2000s were Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen who helped the team to win the national championship in 2008.
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox is American professional Major League Baseball (MLB) team playing in the East division of the American League (AL). The team is famous for winning eight World Series championships since the date of its foundation in 1901. The team defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1903 and won four championships by 1918. The “Curse of the Bambino” marks the 86-year wait before the Red Sox had won their sixth World Championship in 2004.
The rich history of this fascinating team is full of memorable happenings, featuring 1946 Enos Slaughter’s “mad dash”, the 1967 “Impossible Dream”, 1975 home run by Carlton Fisk, and 1986 Bill Buckner’s error. After winning the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series, the Red Sox became the first team who had won three World Series trophies in the course of the 21st century. The ongoing rivalry of the Red Sox with the Yankees is unprecedented in MLB North American professional sports.
The Boston Bruins is one of the most glorious teams in professional ice hockey league (NHL) playing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
The team established in 1924 being the third oldest in the United States. So far, the Bruins have won six Stanley Cup championships. They play home games in the TD Garden since 1995.
New England Revolution
The New England Revolution (The Revs) is professional soccer club team from the Greater Boston area playing in the Eastern Conference of the Major League Soccer (MLS). The title of the team bears close relation one of the historical areas of the American Revolution.
The club hosts visitors at Gillette Stadium. All games of the Revs enjoy live TV broadcasts. While they reached MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2014, they had lost on each occasion. The team became national champions after winning the 2007 US Open Cup. In 2008, The Revs won North American Super League.
With a vast variety of colleges and universities and enjoying the status of the nationwide academic center, local colleges and universities participate in college athletics. Boston teams participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference, (Patriot League, Colonial Athletic Association, and Ivy League. Four universities have hockey teams clashing within the framework of the “Beanpot Tournament.”
Boston Polo Club
Boston Polo Club is a famous local school inspiring polo skills among the public and preparing professional players for competitions. The club offers private lessons developing skills with professional instructors and other polo players. Group lessons assume mastering the sport in a group setting of 4-8 people. There are also semi-private lessons aimed at players acquiring fine tune skills with the players of similar levels. Along with the Boston Polo Club, the School arranges chuckers, games, and tournaments.