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It’s going to be an insane week of sports across Boston. Here’s a guide.

The next seven days are about to get a bit hectic for Boston-area sports fans.

With the Red Sox advancing in the MLB playoffs and the NBA season starting earlier than ever, Boston is about to witness a rare occurrence in which all five of the area’s major professional sports teams are playing meaningful games during the same week.

The overlap of all five teams’ schedules has only happened once before — in 2013.

That year, the Red Sox won the World Series in Game 6 against St. Louis on Oct. 30, the same day the Celtics opened their season. The New England Patriots and Boston Bruins were already well into their regular seasons at the time, and the New England Revolution had earned a berth into the MLS Playoffs, extending their season into November.

Before that, it had never happened. The MLS began play in 1996 and you may remember that prior to this century the Red Sox didn’t make all that many deep October playoff runs. So it’s a rarity that even three of the four major teams play on the same day.

The five-team overlap could last a while. Unless the Astros knock the Red Sox out of the American League Championship Series in four or five games, it will continue for over a week, if not more.

The Bruins have already changed the time of one of their games due to the crammed schedule. Still, fans will be forced to make some tough decision due to scheduling conflicts.

So change your TV remote batteries, charge your mobile streaming devices, and schedule those delivery orders; with two ALCS games and a high-stakes Sunday Night Football matchup, things gets off to a hot start this weekend.


Bruins vs. the Detroit Red Wings

Time: 3 p.m.


Location: TD Garden

Revolution vs. Orlando City SC

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: NBC Sports Boston

Location: Gillette Stadium

ALCS Game 1: Red Sox vs. the Houston Astros

Time: 8:09 p.m.


Location: Fenway Park


ALCS Game 2: Red Sox vs. the Houston Astros

Time: 7:09 p.m.


Location: Fenway Park

Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs

Time: 8:20 p.m.


Location: Gillette Stadium




ALCS Game 3: Red Sox at the Houston Astros

Time: 5:09 p.m.


Location: Minute Park Park in Houston

Celtics (season and home opener) vs. the Philadelphia 76ers

Time: 8 p.m.


Location: TD Garden


ALCS Game 4: Red Sox at the Houston Astros

Time: 8:39 p.m.


Location: Minute Maid Park

Bruins at the Calgary Flames

Time: 9:30 p.m.

TV: NBC Sports

Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta


ALCS Game 5 (if necessary): Red Sox at the Houston Astros

Time: 8:09 p.m.


Location: Minute Maid Park

Bruins at the Edmonton Oilers

Time: 9 p.m.


Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta

Revolution at Real Salt Lake

Time: 9 p.m.

TV: NBC Sports Boston

Location: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah


Celtics at the Toronto Raptors

Time: 8 p.m.


Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto

The following weekend could potentially just as busy.

If necessary, Games 6 and 7 of the ALCS will be played back at Fenway on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5:09 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21., at 7:39 p.m.

The Celtics also play at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the New York Knicks, while the Bruins continue their Canadian road trip with a 10 p.m. game against the Vancouver Canucks. The Patriots play Sunday afternoon at the Chicago Bears.

And oh, by the way, the Head of Charles Regatta will also be in town over that weekend.


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