During timeouts at Chicago Stadium, hard rock blares while Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls frolic; during timeouts at Boston Garden, Ron Harry plays eclectic tunes on an organ. But for all their subtle differences, both old-time arenas house some of the most rabid fans in the league. Our poll this week set out to determine whose fans were more boisterous and therefore harder for opponents to take.
It was close. From the teams that responded, Chicago's fans got nine votes, Boston's eight. Said Indiana's Hill, giving his vote to the Bulls' rabble, " Chicago is louder. Boston gets loud, too, but its fans seem to be more sophisticated." Agrees Bass, " Chicago's got the noisiest fans of those two—the noisiest in the league." Bass adds, "In all these new arenas you just don't get that same noise."
One of those who voted for Boston, an Atlantic Division coach, drew this distinction: "The Boston fan is more rabid; the Chicago fan is more forgiving. The Chicago fan is almost the ideal fan; the Boston fan is more critical."