The blizzard of 1978 did not stop college hockey fans from attending the 26th annual Beanpot college ice hockey tournament, but it did keep them there longer than expected.
With 11,666 people in attendance at the Boston Garden for the opening round of the tournament, fans showed up for a great hockey game on February 6, 1978 and experienced so much more. People came from all over to watch Boston University take on Boston College.
Bostonians knew a winter storm was coming, but had no idea how much precipitation it would bring. The blizzard ushered in 27.1 inches of snow over four days and caused extensive damage, making it a catastrophic snow storm.
During the match-up, game officials warned attendees of the worsening conditions and although some left to prepare for the storm, many stayed behind. By the end of the game, in which Boston University toppled Boston College, game officials told everyone to stay.
Metro Boston Transit Authority (MBTA) had shut down and cars were buried in snow. There were a few who still tried to venture their way home to no avail.
The Garden did offer hot dogs, coffee and soda to those who stayed overnight. Many stayed for days, and enjoyed television, card games and beer pong during their unexpected stay.
Boston was under a state of emergency for four days. on the fourth day, the stadium cleared all remaining people.
The next round of the tournament game was postponed until March 1,when Boston University beat Harvard.
-Allen A Garzone II, Garzone Real Estate, Inc, Boston Real Estate Agent