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The following is a list of venues that have hosted the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals in the same year, which traditionally fall at the same time. Other information included in this list are dates and results of games played in the venue at that time.

The now-demolished Boston Garden has hosted both events in the same year three times, followed by New York's Madison Square Garden at two. Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, the former Chicago Stadium and Izod Center (known as the Continental Airlines Arena when the series were played) in East Rutherford, New Jersey all achieved the feat once.

Host cities and arenasEdit

Arena Location NBA team NHL team Years No. of games
Boston Garden Boston, Massachusetts Boston Celtics Boston Bruins 3 (1957, 1958, 1974) 18
Chicago Stadium Chicago, Illinois Chicago Bulls Chicago Blackhawks 1 (1992) 5
Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford, New Jersey New Jersey Nets New Jersey Devils 1 (2003) 7
Madison Square Garden New York City, New York New York Knicks New York Rangers 2 (1972, 1994) 12
Wachovia Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia Flyers 1 (1980) 6
Stanley Cup Finals NBA Finals
The arenas in arranged in order of the first instance of hosting.

Boston Garden, Boston, MassachusettsEdit

In 1957, the Celtics won the championship on Game 7 that extended into two overtime periods, while the Bruins avoided elimination at home by winning Game 4 at home (they were beaten for good the next game at Montreal). The next year, the Celtics were beaten in Game 6 at St. Louis while the Bruins bowed out to the same Canadiens franchise on their home ice at Game 6.

In 1974, the Celtics were denied by the Bucks to win the championship on their home floor by winning Game 6 after 2 overtime periods, although the Celtics would win Game 7 in Milwaukee by a big margin. The Bruins were not as fortunate as they were beaten by the Flyers in Philadelphia in Game 6.

Year Date Game no. Away team Score Home team Score Overtime Series
1957 March 30 Game 1 St. Louis Hawks 125 Boston Celtics 123 2OT St. Louis leads 1–0[1]
March 31 Game 2 St. Louis Hawks 99 Boston Celtics 119 Series tied 1–1[1]
April 9 Game 5 St. Louis Hawks 109 Boston Celtics 124 Boston leads 3–2[1]
April 11 Game 3 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal leads 3–0[2]
April 13 Game 7 St. Louis Hawks 123 Boston Celtics 125 2OT Boston wins 4–3[1]
April 14 Game 4 Montreal Canadiens 0 Boston Bruins 2 Montreal leads 3–1[2]
1958 March 29 Game 1 St. Louis Hawks 104 Boston Celtics 102 St. Louis leads 1–0[3]
March 30 Game 2 St. Louis Hawks 112 Boston Celtics 136 Series tied 1–1[3]
April 9 Game 5 St. Louis Hawks 102 Boston Celtics 100 St. Louis leads 3–2[3]
April 13 Game 3 Montreal Canadiens 3 Boston Bruins 0 Montreal leads 2–1[4]
April 15 Game 4 Montreal Canadiens 1 Boston Bruins 3 Series tied 2–2[4]
April 20 Game 6 Montreal Canadiens 5 Boston Bruins 3 Montreal wins 4–2[4]
1974 May 3 Game 3 Milwaukee Bucks 83 Boston Celtics 95 Boston leads 2–1[5]
May 5 Game 4 Milwaukee Bucks 97 Boston Celtics 89 Series tied 2–2[5]
May 7 Game 1 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Boston Bruins 3 Boston leads 1–0[6]
May 9 Game 2 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Boston Bruins 2 Series tied 1–2[6]
May 10 Game 6 Milwaukee Bucks 102 Boston Celtics 101 2OT Series tied 3–3[5]
May 16 Game 5 Philadelphia Flyers 1 Boston Bruins 5 Philadelphia leads 3–2[6]

Finals broadcastersEdit

1957Edit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Celtics), Ice level (Bruins) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Celtics NBC (Games 1 & 7) Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy
Bruins CBC (Canada) Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight

1958Edit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Celtics), Ice level (Bruins) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Celtics NBC (Game 1) Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy
Bruins CBC (Canada) Danny Gallivan Keith Dancy Wes McKnight

1974Edit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Celtics), Ice level (Bruins) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Celtics CBS Pat Summerall Rick Barry and Rod Hundley Brent Musburger Gary Bender Don Criqui
Bruins CBC (Canada) Bill Hewitt (all games) Brian McFarlane (Games 1, 2, 4, 5) and Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 3, 6) Dave Hodge
NBC (United States-Games 3, 6) Tim Ryan Ted Lindsay Brian McFarlane
WSBK (Boston area-Games 1, 2, 4, 5) Fred Cusick Johnny Peirson Tom Larson
WTAF (Philadelphia area-Games 1, 2, 5) Don Earle and Gene Hart

Madison Square Garden, New York CityEdit

In 1972, both New York teams were beaten in their respective championships, with the Knicks losing to the Lakers in Los Angeles while the Rangers were beaten at home by the Bruins. In 1994, the Rangers, coached by Mike Keenan, who was coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1992, won their first championship in 54 years at home while the Knicks weren't as lucky as they were beaten by the Rockets in Game 7 in Houston despite leaving New York with a 3–2 series advantage.

Year Date Game Away team Score Home team Score Overtime Series
1972 May 3 Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers 107 New York Knicks 96 Los Angeles leads 2–1
May 4 Game 3 Boston Bruins 2 New York Rangers 5 Boston leads 2–1
May 5 Game 4 Los Angeles Lakers 116 New York Knicks 111 Los Angeles leads 3–1
May 7 Game 4 Boston Bruins 3 New York Rangers 2 Boston leads 3–1
May 11 Game 6 Boston Bruins 3 New York Rangers 0 Boston wins 4–2
1994 May 31 Game 1 Vancouver Canucks 3 New York Rangers 2 OT Vancouver leads 1–0
June 2 Game 2 Vancouver Canucks 1 New York Rangers 3 Series tied 1–1
June 9 Game 5 Vancouver Canucks 6 New York Rangers 3 New York leads 3–2
June 12 Game 3 Houston Rockets 93 New York Knicks 89 Houston leads 2–1
June 14 Game 7 Vancouver Canucks 2 New York Rangers 3 New York wins 4–3
June 15 Game 4 Houston Rockets 82 New York Knicks 91 Series tied 2–2
June 17 Game 5 Houston Rockets 84 New York Knicks 91 New York leads 3–2

Finals broadcastersEdit

1972Edit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Knicks), Ice level (Rangers) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Knicks ABC Keith Jackson Bill Russell Chris Schenkel Howard Cosell
Rangers CTV (Canada) Bill Hewitt Brian McFarlane Dave Hodge
CBS (United States-Games 1, 4, 6) Dan Kelly Jim Gordon and Harry Howell Jim Gordon
WSBK (Boston area-Games 2, 3, 5) Fred Cusick Johnny Peirson Tom Larson
WOR (New York area-Games 2, 5), MSG Network (New York area-Game 3) Tim Ryan Jim Gordon

1994Edit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Knicks), Ice level (Rangers) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Knicks NBC Marv Albert Matt Guokas Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Julius Erving, Bill Walton, and Peter Vescey
Rangers CBC (Canada) Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
ESPN (United States, except in New York and Seattle[7]) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Tom Mees John Saunders Darren Pang
MSG Network (New York area) Sam Rosen John Davidson Al Trautwig Al Trautwig

Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaEdit

In 1980, the two Philadelphia finalists were beaten in both Finals series, with the Sixers losing out to the Lakers on their home floor in Game 6, while the Flyers were beaten by the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.

Year Date Game Away team Score Home team Score Overtime Series
1980 May 10 Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers 111 Philadelphia 76ers 101 Los Angeles leads 2–1
May 11 Game 4 Los Angeles Lakers 2 Philadelphia 76ers 5 Series tied 2–2
May 13 Game 1 New York Islanders 4 Philadelphia Flyers 3 OT New York leads 1–0
May 15 Game 2 New York Islanders 3 Philadelphia Flyers 8 Series tied 1–1
May 16 Game 6 Los Angeles Lakers 123 Philadelphia 76ers 107 Los Angeles wins 4–2
May 22 Game 5 New York Islanders 6 Philadelphia Flyers 3 New York leads 3–2

Finals broadcastersEdit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (76ers), Ice level (Flyers) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
76ers CBS Brent Musburger Bill Russell and Rod Hundley Rick Barry Gary Bender Frank Glieber
Flyers CBC (Canada) Jim Robson Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin, Jr. Dave Hodge Don Cherry
Hughes (United States-Games 1–5) Dan Kelly Lou Nanne
CBS (United States-Game 6) Dan Kelly and Tim Ryan Tom Brookshier Tim Ryan

NotesEdit

  • For CBS' coverage (which was aired under the CBS Sports Spectacular umbrella) of Game 6 of the Flyers Final, Dan Kelly did play-by-play for the first and third periods as well as overtime. Meanwhile, Tim Ryan only did play-by-play for the second period. Until the 1990 All-Star Game was broadcast by NBC, CBS' coverage of Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals proved to be the last time that a National Hockey League game would be nationally televised on over-the-air television in the United States.
  • CBS aired weekday NBA Finals games in 1980 on tape delay. Games were televised after the late local news (11:30 p.m.) in the CBS Late Movie time slot.

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IllinoisEdit

Chicago's finalists in the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals had mixed results, with the Hawks, coached by Mike Keenan, who would be coach of the New York Rangers in 1994, being swept by the Penguins 4–0, while the Bulls defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in six games, both elimination games held in the the Chicago Stadium.

Year Date Game Away team Score Home team Score Overtime Series
1992 May 30 Game 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 Chicago Blackhawks 0 Pittsburgh leads 3–0
June 1 Game 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 6 Chicago Blackhawks 5 Pittsburgh wins 4–0
June 3 Game 1 Portland Trail Blazers 89 Chicago Bulls 122 Chicago leads 1–0
June 5 Game 2 Portland Trail Blazers 115 Chicago Bulls 104 OT Series tied 1–1
June 14 Game 6 Portland Trail Blazers 93 Chicago Bulls 97 Chicago wins 4–2

Finals broadcastersEdit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Bulls), Ice level (Blackhawks) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Bulls NBC Marv Albert Mike Fratello and Magic Johnson Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Quinn Buckner
Blackhawks CBC (Canada) Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. Ron MacLean Don Cherry
KBL (Pittsburgh area) Mike Lange Paul Steigerwald Stan Savran
SportsChannel America (United States, except in Chicago and Pittsburgh) Jiggs McDonald Bill Clement Bob Papa Mike Emrick John Davidson
SportsChannel Chicago (Chicago area) Pat Foley Dale Tallon

NotesEdit

  • Magic Johnson helped call Games 1, 4, and 5 of the Bulls finals.

Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New JerseyEdit

The Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands has since been renamed into the Izod Center. In the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, all teams won all of the home games. The Devils had the distinction of winning the Cup at Game 7 in New Jersey, while the Nets failed to defeat the Spurs in San Antonio at Game 6 after winning only one of their middle three home games.

Year Date Game Away team Score Home team Score Series
2003 May 27 Game 1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0 New Jersey Devils 3 New Jersey leads 1–0
May 29 Game 2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0 New Jersey Devils 3 New Jersey leads 2–0
June 5 Game 5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3 New Jersey Devils 6 New Jersey leads 3–2
June 8 Game 3 San Antonio Spurs 84 New Jersey Nets 79 San Antonio leads 2–1
June 9 Game 7 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0 New Jersey Devils 3 New Jersey wins 4–3
June 11 Game 4 San Antonio Spurs 76 New Jersey Nets 77 Series tied 2–2
June 13 Game 5 San Antonio Spurs 93 New Jersey Nets 83 San Antonio leads 3–2

Finals broadcastersEdit

Team Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline (Nets), Ice level (Devils) reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s)
Nets ABC Brad Nessler Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert Michele Tafoya and Stuart Scott Mike Tirico Sean Elliott and guest analysts
Devils CBC (Canada) Bob Cole Harry Neale Scott Russell and Scott Oake Ron MacLean Don Cherry
ESPN (United States-Games 1, 2) Gary Thorne Bill Clement Sam Ryan John Saunders and Chris Berman Barry Melrose and Darren Pang
ABC (United States-Games 3–7) Bill Clement and John Davidson Barry Melrose

NotesEdit

  • The Nets' final series was the lowest rated NBA Final (6.5 percent over six games) until 2007.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "1957 NHL Playoff Summary". hockey-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/NHL_1957.html. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "1958 NBA Playoff Summary". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_1958.html. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "1958 NHL Playoff Summary". hockey-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/NHL_1958.html. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "1974 NBA Playoff Summary". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_1974.html. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "1974 NHL Playoff Summary". hockey-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/NHL_1974.html. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  7. ESPN was blacked out in parts of the Seattle market due to its proximity to Vancouver. People in those areas watched on the CBC.

See alsoEdit

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