The Celtics and the city of Boston will pay tribute to Red Auerbach Wednesday in a noon ceremony at City Hall Plaza in Government Center. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Gov. Mitt Romney, Boston Celtics players, and Celtics legends Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, JoJo White and Robert Parish will attend the ceremony. The event is open to the public and will begin promptly at noon on the North Stage.
The Celtics open their season tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Before the game, the team will pay tribute to Auerbach with a special video ceremony. Fans are asked to arrive at 7 p.m. The first 15,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a commemorative pin. Fans will also have the opportunity to sign a remembrance book.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will be present at the game. At halftime, Heinsohn, White and M.L. Carr will host a halftime panel discussion to share their Auerbach memories with the crowd.
The Celtics have dedicated the 2006-2007 season to Auerbach and will wear black shamrocks on their uniforms inscribed with the name “Red”.