Boston: Mayor Wu Announces Return of Playoff Hub on Canal Street

~ Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, in collaboration with the Downtown North Association, has announced the highly anticipated return of the Boston Playoff Hub on Canal Street. This pedestrian zone will provide a car-free space for fans to gather and celebrate before and during home playoff games at TD Garden.

The decision to bring back this popular event aligns with Mayor Wu's commitment to reimagining Boston's streets and transforming public spaces into enjoyable areas for residents, small business owners, and visitors alike. With both the Bruins and Celtics in the playoffs this year, the Playoff Hub will serve as a hub of excitement and community spirit.

"We're thrilled to give Boston fans an opportunity to come together safely, cheer on their favorite teams, and support our local businesses," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "I'm grateful to our partners for working with us to bring back the Playoff Hub, creating a joyful experience for our hockey and basketball fans. I encourage everyone to come out before and during the playoff games to build community and support our teams."

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District 8 City Councilor Sharon Durkan also expressed her enthusiasm for the return of the Playoff Hub, stating that it is a great way to encourage local fans to support small businesses while celebrating Boston's legacy as the city of champions. "Our fans show up for our iconic teams year after year," she said. "So I can't wait to take part in these festivities as we root for the Celtics and Bruins to take it all the way."

The Playoff Hub will be free and open to the public, providing more space for residents and visitors to gather outdoors and celebrate Boston's home teams. Canal Street will be closed from noon on game days until one hour after the game ends. Parking regulations will be posted ahead of the first Bruins playoff game on Saturday, April 20th, with vehicles in violation being towed.

Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion, expressed his excitement about activating this space and creating vibrancy and camaraderie on Canal Street. "This will give visitors and residents the opportunity to support local businesses while also supporting Boston's sports teams," he said.

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Glen Thornborough, president of TD Garden and COO of Boston Bruins, expressed his gratitude to Mayor Wu and the City of Boston for bringing back the Playoff Hub. "With both teams in the playoffs, it's a great opportunity for fans to gather before games and bring the palpable energy from TD Garden out into the community," he said.

Rich Gotham, President of the Boston Celtics, also extended his appreciation for Mayor Wu and the City of Boston for bringing back the Playoff Hub on Canal Street. "There's nowhere quite like TD Garden, especially on Celtics and Bruins gamedays," he said. "We look forward to continuing to cheer on both teams and support local businesses throughout the playoffs."

The Downtown North Association is equally excited about the return of Canal Street as the Playoff Hub. Executive Director Jay Walsh stated that they are looking forward to welcoming Bruins and Celtics fans to the area and creating a festive atmosphere. "We are grateful to Mayor Wu, and our members look forward to what will hopefully be lengthy playoff runs for both teams," he said.

The first Bruins playoff game will take place on Saturday, April 20th, with the first Celtics playoff game following on Sunday, April 21st. Fans are encouraged to come out early before games and enjoy this car-free zone while supporting their favorite teams and local businesses. The return of the Playoff Hub is sure to add even more excitement to an already thrilling playoff season in Boston.

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