Celtics 6 year streak of 289 consecutive home sellouts officially ends
On the last day of the 2006-2007 season (4/18/07), the Celtics finished off a 24-58 campaign with a 91-89 home loss to the Pistons. The announced attendance for that game was 17,215, roughly 1,400 short of capacity. But when opening night rolled around the following November, the C's had Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and we're headed on their way to an NBA championship. The Garden was sold out that evening, and for every single contest during Garnett's tenure as a Celtic; six seasons and 288 games, including 51 in the playoffs.
The home opener this year marked the 289th straight sellout, but last night the official attendance was just 17,130, breaking the streak. Similar to the Red Sox record 820 game sellout streak at Fenway, I'm sure there were a number of loopholes involved in officially keeping it going. The above photo is from opening night last Friday, which was nowhere close to capacity. Before the game the streets were also full of scalpers desperate to sell tickets for face value (and yes I realize these are technically already "sold," but it's a telling sign). There were many nights last season that fit the same bill as well.