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For the second time in recent memory, the Boston Celtics will beplaying a preseason game at the Mullins Center on campus at my alma mater the University of Massachusetts. The match-up will pit the Cs against the Philadelphia 76ers, their last meeting at the Amherst arena unfolding back in 2008. As a UMass alum who still fondly remembers seeing the Cs at the Mullins Center that year, I know I'll be there again when the game takes place on October 19th.

Sure, the Celtics may have lost that 2008 game 98-92, but that hardly mattered. The chance to see the newly crowned NBA champs, the undisputed heroes doing their thing in as intimate a venue as the Mullins Center was a golden opportunity. The excitement in the crowd that night was as palpable as any sporting event I've been to.

When I call the Mullins Center "intimate," I'm not just referring to the 9,000 or so seats. When I called the UMass Amherst campus my home from 2003 to 2007, the Mullins Center was mere minutes from my dorm room. It was the place where I cemented what will be a lifelong passion for UMass's own basketball teams, the Minutemen and Minutewomen.


The Boston Celtics will play a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Mullins Center on Oct. 19, according to Global Spectrum, which manages the 10,500-seat sports and concert arena on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

This will be the second preseason match-up between the teams at the Amherst venue, which hosted them in October 2008.

The Sixers, who defeated the Celts, 98-92, in front of a capacity crowd in that October outing, will again have the home-court advantage this fall. The reason for the hometown status for an out-of-town team is simple: The Sixers and Global Spectrum are both owned by Comcast-Spectacor, an international entertainment and sports company.