Delaware North Unveils TD Garden Improvements

by | Nov 9, 2018 | NBA, News, NHL, Paul Baker |

Delaware North, the company that owns and operates the TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, revealed its plans to renovate and expand the facility. These changes, which will take place over the next two years, will cost $100 million and will add 50,000 square feet to the arena.

The Hub on Causeway, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development that has been under construction over the past two years, will sit on the site of the old Boston Garden, directly in front of the TD Garden. Through the center of the Hub on Causeway will be an atrium entrance into the Garden’s second level, complete with elevators and escalators.

While the entire project will take two years to complete, some features will be ready before the end of 2018. The Garden’s new “front door” will be ready December 1.

Other parts of the project were announced at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

The loge and balcony sections located on levels four and seven will expand by 20 and 30 percent, respectively, adding an additional 15,000 square feet. A rotating selection of new pop-up food options will be available in these areas, including a ramen bar, crepes, dumplings and gyros. More restrooms will also be added.

The Garden’s club area will be redesigned and renamed. The “Premium Club” will become the “Boston Garden Society.” This membership-based fan model, which will start next season, will cater to the upscale fan, giving access to renovated club levels on the fifth and sixth floors. Members will have access to new bars and dining options, and will be able to bypass the turnstiles on their way into the building via dedicated elevators.

Fans in the balcony will be able to enjoy the “Back Row Bar,” a new social area located behind the last row of seats. Featuring a vintage design, standing room overlooking the action, and seating for 50, it will open for the 2019-2020 season. Other new options will include “The Rafters,” a party deck on level nine and the two-level “1928 Club” on the fifth and sixth floors.

1928 Club

1928 Club. Photo courtesy of Boston Globe.

The players won’t be left out of the fun, either. Both the Bruins’ and Celtics’ locker rooms on level three will be redesigned and expanded for next season, with the visiting locker rooms upgraded for 2020.

The North Station Garage beneath the TD Garden has already been expanded by 500 spaces as part of the Hub on Causeway development. Fans who use public transportation to arrive at the Garden will be pleased to see the opening of a new tunnel connecting the North Station’s MBTA stop and Commuter Rail.

TD Garden president Amy Latimer offered some background on the project’s history. “I think it’s always been the desire of the Jacobs family to develop the space where the old Garden is,” Latimer said. “A few years ago when those plans were coming around, Mr. Jacobs actually said if we have the opportunity to expand the building, we should do it.”

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