The 11 most important American sports-entertainment venues

#11 Boston Garden — Boston

The fact that the owners of the Boston Garden had to install netting around the ring to protect the competitors from getting pelted by garbage should tell you everything you need to know about this now-defunct New England institution.

Demolished in 1998 to make way for the spiffy new TD Garden, this no-frills arena was home to notoriously rough teams like the “Big Bad Bruins” and the Larry Bird–led Celtics of the 1980s. Little surprise, then, that the Beantown fans — some unluckily seated behind obstructive concrete pillars — were every bit as ill-mannered as the players they worshipped.

“I wrestled Bob Backlund there and when I went out to the ring, it was like going out to an ice hockey game,” WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter remembered. “There were people right there on top of you, grabbing you, doing all kinds of things to get you upset.”

Originally called “Boston Madison Square Garden” when it opened in 1928, the building only hosted one WWE pay-per-view — 1993’s Survivor Series. But rowdy Live Events were a monthly occurrence at the infamous arena throughout much of the ’70s and ’80s. — RYAN MURPHY