If you ever dreamed of watching the Celtics play in the NBA Finals on the big screen at Fenway Park, your chance to get free tickets lasted only a few hours on Wednesday.
The city and the Red Sox made approximately 10,000 tickets available for the Thursday night watch party, and all were claimed within hours of being released, the Red Sox said in a statement.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced plans Wednesday for the Red Sox to host fans at Fenway to watch as the Celtics face the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden Thursday night and try to avoid elimination from their first Finals appearance since 2010.
Gates A and D at Fenway on Jersey Street will open at 8 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 9 p.m. The Celts are down 3-2 and must win Thursday to force a series-deciding Game 7 on the West Coast.
Admission to the watch party at Fenway was free, with general admission seating available in the lower bowl of the ballyard, the city said in a statement. Pre-registration is required online at http://redsox.com/viewingparty. The statement said “limited concessions” will be available at Fenway during the watch party.
“We’re so excited to partner with the Boston Red Sox to bring a free watch party to Fenway Park for our residents to cheer on the Celtics together,” Wu said in the statement. “While we celebrate our team and our city, please be respectful of others so we can all safely enjoy the game. These watch parties are large-scale events that require careful planning for public safety, and the late starts mean even more planning to balance neighborhood quality of life late into the night.”
Wu said that despite the city’s storied history of championship teams, “Boston doesn’t have a history of hosting many of these free watch parties, so we have worked to test out different locations and learn from each event as we go. I’m grateful to the Red Sox for joining alongside us to cheer on our beloved team in a welcoming, exciting venue.”
The city had hosted an earlier watch party for Game 2 in the Faneuil Hall area, an event that drew hundreds of spectators.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday in Charlestown, Wu said, “I want to encourage everyone to cheer on our team and do so responsibly.”
“We have had a few small issues at some of our previous watch parties with folks’ emotions running a little high, throwing bottles, and things like that just can’t happen if we are to continue this kind of activity around Boston,” Wu cautioned.
Alcohol will be served at Fenway through halftime, said Wu, who also voiced hope for a Game 6 victory for the home team.
“I believe in our team, know we’re going to pull it out,” she said. “Go Celtics!”
Globe correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.