Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox baseball team began in 1901, as a charter member of the American League and have been playing at Fenway Park as their home field since 1912. No spring or summertime visit to Boston is complete without a hot dog and a Boston Red Sox baseball game at historic Fenway Park (4 Yawkey Way; 617-267-9440), located two miles west of Boston Common. Expect to be surrounded by the ever-devoted Red Sox fans, who went wild when the Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series in October 2004. Tickets can be difficult to get. There is limited public parking in the area surrounding Fenway Park, so it's best to take the T. Take the green line B, C or D car to the Kenmore Square stop.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots football team, established in 1959, is based in Boston and they play their home games at Gillette Stadium (1 Patriot Place; 800-543-1776) in Foxborough, a Boston suburb. The best way to get there is by car. The team, originally the Boston Patriots, changed their name following their short-distance move in 1971. The regular season runs from September to December. Tickets can be difficult to find.
The Celtics, founded in 1946, were a charter member of the Basketball Association of America, the predecessor to the NBA, the National Basketball Association. The team also made history by becoming the first basketball franchise to draft an African American player, Chuck Cooper in 1950. Team founder Walter Brown loved hockey in addition to basketball and he also bought the Bruins in 1951 so his facility, TD Garden (100 Legends Way; 617-523-3030), would have two winter sports teams. The Celtics' Larry Bird remains one of the best known basketball players of all time. The regular season runs from October to April. Ticket prices are usually available. The easiest way to get there is on the T; take the green or orange line to the North Station stop.
The Bruins professional hockey team takes its name from the Old English fairy tale term for a brown bear. The Boston Bruins, formed by grocery store owner Charles Adams in 1924, became the first American team to join the National Hockey League, which is based in Canada. The team's colors, black, white, and yellow, were selected to correspond with Adams' store colors. The Bruins' home ice is TD Garden, which is also home to the Boston Blazers lacrosse team and basketball's Celtics.
New England Revolution
Patriots owner Robert Kraft branched out into European style football by launching the New England Revolution, one of the founding 10 teams in Major League Soccer. Their first season was in 1996. Boston's professional soccer team also calls Gillette Stadium home. The team, nicknamed the Revs, was born in 1995 and is one of the league's 10 original organizations. The Revs have never won a major title. The regular season runs from May to October, and tickets are usually available.
Boston is also home to two professional lacrosse teams, the Cannons, who play outdoors at Harvard Stadium, and the Blazers who play indoors at TD Garden.