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FLEETCENTER MAY WEED THE GARDEN FOR MORE LUXURY SUITES

          While the old Boston Garden "is cleared away for good,
     the still-infant FleetCenter is now poised to grow fully
     into the modern image of the American sports complex,"
     according to Cosmo Macero of the BOSTON HERALD.  Delaware
     North Cos. is looking to put in sports-themed restaurants
     and a "trendy" retail end to join the "massive office, hotel
     and apartment complex" that will occupy the old Garden.  The
     project also gives Delaware North the ability to add luxury
     suites to the FleetCenter.  By "retaining the rights to at
     least 150,000 square feet of retail space in the planned
     development, Delaware North could create a seamless link
     between the Fleet and its new amenities."  One person
     familiar with plans said that Delaware North is "going to
     merge the south side of the (arena) into the retail
     component.  By doing that, you can open up a new concourse
     level."  That would give enough room to add 10 to 12 luxury
     suites, which could mean up to $1.25-1.5M in additional
     revenue per year.  While FleetCenter President Richard
     Krezwick is "mum on specific plans," he will tour sports-
     themed restaurants this summer.  Macero said the possible
     options include Disney's ESPN Zone with a retail component,
     or one of the planned NBA-themed eateries that will be
     developed with Hard Rock Cafe (BOSTON HERALD, 6/15).   

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