TD Garden to get $70m facelift – Boston Globe
Change is coming to TD Garden.
Beginning this summer, the multipurpose arena, home to the Bruins, Celtics, and numerous other events, will undergo a privately funded $70 million renovation that is expected to be finished within two years.
Delaware North Companies, the Buffalo-based owner and operator of the Garden, is backing the development aimed at improving fan experience as well as expanding the arena’s retail and office space.
Among the ambitious upgrades: a relocation and expansion of the Bruins’ Proshop; an overhaul of the concourses on levels four and seven; and renovations of the Garden’s concessions and the Legends Club, the arena’s largest private hospitality space, which houses the Celtics’ Courtside club and is open to eligible Bruins and Celtics season-ticket holders.
“It’s our goal to really set the industry standard, the high-water mark, for fan experience,” Charlie Jacobs, principal for Delaware North Companies and the Bruins, told the Globe.
“And these renovations over the next 24 months I hope will really transform and bring the Garden to the forefront — to set the market standard, if you will — for fan experience, both in-game and also really from the moment when a customer exits their car and begins to enter our facility.”
Jacobs stressed that the timeline for the project’s completion is somewhat flexible, but the concourse renovation is scheduled to begin after the Bruins’ playoff run this summer. (The NHL playoffs are scheduled to open April 16.)
The Proshop, currently located on the west end of the North Station concourse near the Garden’s box office, will be relocated to Level 2, where it will double in retail space, from 2,800 square feet to more than 6,000 square feet.
“Given the foot traffic that we have in our current Proshop and what I think we need to accommodate, I think it’s really needed,” Jacobs said.
TD Garden opened in 1995 and the concourses are nearly two decades old, to which Jacobs said, “It’s time for a complete refurbishment.”
They will offer expanded new drink and concessions options along with renovated and modernized concourses for fans to gather during events.
Along with aesthetic renovations, they will also work toward completing the final phase that will offer free arena-wide wireless Internet to all fans; that project should be finished by the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.
“We’re really changing everything from floor to ceiling — no exaggeration,” Jacobs said.
“Level 4 will be our main focus this summer and the balcony [Level 7] will be our main focus in 2015, and that [includes] floor treatments to the walls to graphics to Wi-Fi — again, [we’re] just trying to set the industry standard for what we believe to be the best hospitality in the business.”
Renovations to concessions and the Legends Club are still in the architectural planning stages, but Jacobs said they will be “radically redone” and that they hope they’ll be completed by this fall.
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