Few arenas in American sports history have matched the aura of the now-demolished Boston Garden
The classic parquet floor
the steamy games (the arena had no air conditioning)
the claustrophobic players' dressing rooms Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ the stale beer-and-smoke smell
and all those championship banners.
Here, an exterior shot of the "Garden" prior to a Celtics game in 1989. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)