Local sports venues try to go with flow

By Charlie Peters
Globe Correspondent / May 4, 2010

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Last night was the kind of night Boston sports fans dream about. The Bruins and Celtics were in Game 2 of their respective playoff series, and the Red Sox were home to play the Angels. But in the wake of Saturday’s devastating water crisis, TD Garden, Fenway Park, and restaurants and bars surrounding both venues took measures to assure the evening would not turn into a nightmare, socially speaking.

TD Garden and Fenway Park had bottled water for purchase, and the Red Sox allowed fans to bring in sealed bottles of water. The Bruins handed out complimentary cups of water at designated customer service locales throughout the building.

TD Garden posted directions to areas of safe water usage and hand sanitizers, and the Garden did not use soda fountains, coffee machines, or water fountains.

Keeping beverages cold was not a problem because the Garden purchased commercially manufactured ice.

Fenway Park and its food provider, Aramark, took similar measures.

“While fans may notice that certain items may not be available, they will continue to find a wide variety of dining options to complement their Fenway experience,’’ said Aramark spokesman David Freireich.

The bars surrounding TD Garden kept the drinks safe and cold.

“The day we found out about the water crisis, we went out and got fresh water, ice from an ice company, and cases of sodas and mixers,’’ said Jeff Boisseau, general manager of The Greatest Bar.

“I’m hoping people understand that we have taken every precaution and done everything above and beyond what was required.’’

Jim Taggart, a manager at The Fours, estimated he received 40-50 phone calls yesterday by 2 p.m. from customers curious if the restaurant/bar would be open.

“The Bruins are hot right now, so it’s too important to business not to be open tonight,’’ Taggart said. “This game will be very popular.’’

Near Fenway Park, a business-as-usual approach was helping to alleviate some fears.

“We’re preparing as if it is a normal game day,’’ said Joe Ferrari, the director of operations for Boston Beer Works. “We’re anticipating not much is going to keep the Fenway Faithful away.

“All the beer was brewed before the problem.’’

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