For those who hate the look and feel of the Boston Garden, some good news.
Jeremy Jacobs Delaware North Companies is dropping some cash on improving the Boston Garden. The goal: fan experience improvement.
“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.
Here’s what’s being done to “improve the fan experience.” The following is from the Globe’s story. They get into more detail and more Jacobs quotes, so give it a read.
■ 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
■ 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).
All this is privately funded and is going to cost about $70 million. Construction is expected to take about two years. We can pretend that’s why Bruins fans are getting sodomized via ticket prices next season.