BOSTON — Boston’s Canal Street will be shut down to traffic when the Celtics play the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their playoff series at TD Garden, city officials said.
Earlier this month, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that Canal Street will be closed for the “Boston Playoff Hub” during all Celtics and Bruins home postseason games. That will again be the case Tuesday night as the Celtics look to eliminate Atlanta with a victory in front of the hometown faithful.
“We’re excited to give Boston fans a space to safely gather, cheer on their favorite teams, and support our local businesses,” Wu said of the Playoff Hub.
Canal Street will close to traffic at 4:30 p.m. -- three hours before tipoff in the Garden. It will remain closed for one hour after the game ends.
Wu said the effort is to allow restaurants and bars to expand seating onto the sidewalk along Canal Street to boost business during the playoffs.
The Playoff Hub is free and open to the public, providing more space for residents and visitors to gather outdoors and celebrate their home teams.
Parking regulations will be posted throughout the area. Vehicles in violation of posted regulations will be towed.
Canal Street will again be closed when the Bruins face the Florida Panthers in Game 5 of their series on Wednesday night.
The street closures will continue for as long as playoff games are being played at the Garden.
Both the Celtics and Bruins hold a 3-1 lead over their opponents.
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