Posted at: 10/20/2012 11:25 PM
By: Dan Levy
ALBANY - Three different venues on one busy street drew more than 15,000 people to downtown Albany on Saturday night.
There was rock music, legitimate theater, and NBA Basketball. But not just any ordinary NBA Basketball; it was the New York Knicks against the Boston Celtics, one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, clashing at the Times Union Center.
"This is a major crowd," said Sal Sapienza, of Pizzeria Sapienza, directly outside the T.U. Center. "A sold out crowd, that typically doesn't happen at the T.U. Center. It's a good night. We sold easily over 200 pies, maybe upwards of 300 throughout the day."
While sports fans were at the south end of Pearl Street, rock fans fathered at the north end, where Australian Pick Floyd played the Palace Theater.
In addition, Capital Rep is in the middle of its run of Pride@Prejudice, and that meant that across the street at McGeary's Bar, there were lifted spirits all around.
"I got called in here because we were so busy early," said Tess Collins, who manages McGeary's. "People came down to downtown Albany about 4:00 tonight and we've been packed from four til eight o'clock non-stop."
The basketball game alone drew a crowd of just over 13,200 fans.