- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- TD Garden, the home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, will receive a $70 million facelift over the next two years.
Delaware North Companies, Inc., owner and operator of TD Garden, announced on Monday a series of privately financed upgrades and renovations, including a new pro shop, redesigned modern concourses, comprehensive renovation of Legends Club and an upgraded technology infrastructure.
"The Jacobs family is committed to providing the people of Boston with an arena that sets the industry standard," said Charlie Jacobs, principal Delaware North Companies and Boston Bruins. "With the TD Garden being nearly 20 years old, we recognize that these renovations are necessary and we are confident that they will transform the fan experience from the moment a patron enters the building."
The renovations will include:
* The pro shop will be repositioned from its current location on the west side of the North Station concourse to the arena's east side second floor, known as the main turnstile area. This relocation will maximize the store's location for future incorporation into the front development project and the arena's new entryway.
* The loge and balcony concourses will receive a complete floor to ceiling refurbishment and redesign. Major construction on these areas will take place in two phases, with loge concourse slated for summer of 2014 and balcony concourse for the following summer.
* Legends Club, TD Garden's largest restaurant, located on level three of the arena, also will receive an extreme makeover. This private, members-only hospitality area houses the Celtics Courtside Club and is open to eligible Bruins and Celtics season-ticket holders.
* The installation of high density Wi-Fi throughout the arena is in its final stages and will be fully implemented at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.