It used to be the classic Boston Garden. The sound cage where Bobby Orr dominated, cigars were lit, and hippies tripped. The old parque where Larry Bird won 3 championships.Then, they knocked it down and put up the ugly brickhouse, the Fleetcenter. A few banking collapses later, that ugly brickhouse is now the TD Garden. The success of Boston sports deserves to be acknowledged. The past 15 years has been dominate. All 4 teams have been competitive. Can’t ask for much more. Other than to give the Bruins and Celtics fans a better place to watch a game. That is exactly what Jeremy Jacobs is doing. Mr. Jacobs, the billionaire Bruins owner is leading the finances of a 70 million dollar construction progress to the TD Garden. And he wants it to be soooo cultural, “I want to set the standard.”
DETAILS OF TD GARDEN OVERHAUL
(http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/04/07/garden-get-facelift/YQt4xl8gG6EU3AIn9xsQCJ/story.html) As provided by Charlie Jacobs, principal for Delaware North Companies and the Bruins:
■ Privately financed $70 million renovation project, with two-year timeline
■ Continued investment in New England’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Arena from Jacobs Family
■ Focus on fan experience
■ Expanding business, outgrowing original footprint (retail and office)
■ Relocated to Level 2 turnstiles and part of current Bruins/Garden office space
■ New ProShop doubles retail space (from 2,800 to more than 6,000 square feet)
■ Partnership with Reebok, part of the Adidas Group, the authentic outfitter of the NHL and NBA
■ New entrance, updated look and feel, ease traffic flow and increase accessibility for fans
■ Anticipated completion Dec 2014
LOGE AND BALCONY CONCOURSES
■ Both concourses will be completely renovated to offer fans new and improved food and beverage options along with a more modern common space to gather during events.
■ Loge concourse construction begins this summer, balcony concourse next summer.
■ Along with all the aesthetic renovations and improvements, simultaneous upgrades to the wired technology infrastructure and completing the final phase of arena-wide wireless implementation (to be completed by start of next season).
CONCESSIONS, LEGENDS AND COURTSIDE CLUB
■ The projects are in final planning stages. Plans to announce the specific vision and tentative time line for these specific areas will be shared in the coming months.