Jan. 29, 1968

A sad reality began sinking in. After years of hosting the Boston Knights of Columbus Track Meet, the owners of the Boston Garden had all but told the BAA to find another home

While the meet had never been an SRO event, attendance in 1968 was about 7,000 the first night and 10,000 the second.

A real estate outfit that bought the Garden in 1966, Linnell and Cox, did not evict the BAA, but they did let it be known they were confident in their ability to draw bigger crowds with other events.

Will Cloney, director of the BAA meet, said no one had told him that the Garden wanted to dump the event. Asked directly if interest in indoor track was dwindling, he responded, “Not really.”

Alas, the owners of the Garden begged to differ.

Strike that. They didn’t need to beg.

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