Feb. 13, 1993

Of all the occasions during which the chances of building a new arena in Boston were slim, this one came closest to none.

City and state leaders bickered, some claiming Bruins (and Boston Garden) owner Jeremy Jacobs would accept nothing short of a sweetheart deal, blossoming with public money. Celtics owner Alan Cohen said that NBA Commissioner David Stern had warned him that lingering at the Garden was “unacceptable.”

“As it is, we’re the laughingstock of the league,” Cohen said.

The  prospect of replacing Fenway Park – or renovating it to the extent of it becoming unrecognizable – inspired protests far and wide.

The prospect of not ripping down the Garden and replacing with a building that featured, air conditioning, escalators and locker rooms that were better than a dungeon’s closets inspired cynicism.

Had someone assigned odds on this day, it would have been at least 500-1 against the construction of what is known as TD Garden.

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