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The soon-to-be redeveloped Legends Club at TD Garden will bring a contemporary look to the premium space tied to digital technology and a revamped food program. Delaware North Boston, the arena’s owner/operator, shared images exclusively with THE DAILY and discussed the project ahead of this afternoon’s release detailing the club’s upgrades. The improvements are part of the arena’s $70M renovation announced last month. TD Garden President Amy Latimer said construction starts after the Bruins’ NHL playoff run, and officials expect the club to re-open sometime in November. The event-level space on the arena’s west side has been in existence since the facility opened in '95 and has been largely untouched over the past two decades. Latimer said it was time for a refresh as the arena turns 20 years old next year. She noted the Legends Club has no view to the playing surface but it remains one of the arena’s busiest hospitality spaces for Bruins and Celtics games, concerts and press events. This season, Bruins and Celtics season-ticket holders paid a $975 membership fee for access to the club. Food and drink is a separate fee. Latimer said DNC Boston officials are still determining pricing models for the '14-15 season and plan to disclose that information to season-ticket holders during the renewal process this summer.
NEW LOOK: All told, the club will expand to 7,700 square feet, adding about 2,000 square feet compared with the original footprint. Detroit-based architectural firm Rossetti, which is designing the upgrades, incorporated a design theme tied to the banners displaying championships and retired numbers that hung from the rafters at the old Boston Garden. Rosetti Senior Designer Tony Reiner said the club’s steel framework recalls the old arena’s roofline, and the gold-plated finishes surrounding the bar and restaurant portion reflect the character of the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy. Glass signs hanging from the club’s ceiling are embedded with LED technology that can brand the space for the Bruins and Celtics depending on which team is playing that night. The room’s structural pillars also are branded through digital screens that wrap around those columns. Other pillars contain static images showcasing some of the best NBA and NHL players in the city’s history. The black-tile floor is offset by a much lighter reflective finish blending retired numbers into the floor surface. Reiner said those numbers especially sparkle when the light hits that portion of the floor. He added that a keg wall serves as a reminder of the draft beers and other amenities available at the Legends Club. Latimer noted the old Boston Garden marquee that hung on the exterior of the city’s original arena and is part of the existing Legends Club will be carried over to the renovated space looking into the restaurant piece. Delaware North Sportservice, the arena’s food provider, will eliminate the club’s old buffet setup in favor of active cooking stations. In addition, there will be a new raw bar and pizza oven. Latimer said club patrons will also have the option of ordering off a new menu. Latimer: “People like to have that interaction with the chefs and see that their food is prepared fresh."
The second phase of the Pelicans' $54M renovation to Smoothie King Center "began shortly after the final horn sounded" on the team's season, and the work, which "will transform the exterior of the 14 1/2-year-old building, is expected to be completed in time for the Oct. 8 Katy Perry concert and well before the start" of the '14-15 season, according to Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. The renovations "will include a new front entrance and lobby, along with a new box office, a new 2,000-square foot sports lounge, an expanded team store and a new LED lighting system similar to the one used on the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome." Louisiana's state legislature "approved a capital bond issue to fund improvements to the arena." This phase of renovations "won't have much of an impact of the day-to-day operations at the building." Smoothie King Center "will remain open until early August after Justin Timberlake's scheduled concert, then remain closed until its planned October opening." Phase II plans call for the lobby to "be expanded by about 20,000 square feet, taking the existing wall of the building out to the curb line." The new exterior box office "will be covered and have more service lanes." The first phase of the project, which was completed in October in time for the start of this past season, "included upgrades to the interior of the building" (NOLA.com, 4/30).
Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger said that the athletic department has hired K.C.-based architecture firm HNTB to "draw up blueprints for Memorial Stadium's future renovations, but there are no plans to break ground any time soon," according to Matt Tait of the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD. Zenger said that HNTB is "in the final stages of developing its renderings, and those plans currently are being vetted through the appropriate groups on campus, by members of the athletic department and outside stakeholders." He added, "We need a little momentum in football to inspire the donors whose help we're going to need." Zenger said that with "major projects still ongoing at Rock Chalk Park and progress on the DeBruce Center, which will house James Naismith’s original rules of basketball, and the Fieldhouse Apartments right around the corner," the focus was on "finishing those so that all of the department’s attention -- both in terms of fundraising and planning -- could be devoted to Memorial Stadium." Although no "exact price tag has been determined because plans and possibilities for upgrades and renovations at Memorial Stadium vary and remain a work in progress, estimates put the first-phase value alone" around $60M. Zenger has said that the project, "whenever it gets underway, likely would be executed in steps." The first phase, which "could include lowering the field and removing the track, would be the most significant." The subsequent steps would "address things like adding club-level seating to the east and west sides of the stadium and giving both the bowl and the south end zone a facelift" (LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD, 5/1).
TEXAS TWO-STEP: In San Antonio, Tim Griffin notes with about 80% of Baylor's $260M McLane Stadium completed, the building's Aug. 29 opener for a high school game "seems well within reach." That early game will "provide a shakedown cruise before Baylor's first game of the season two days later against SMU." McLane Stadium Senior Project Manager Jim Heley said, "We've got a lot of work to do in the next couple of months, but we're on track. We've got 123 days before the first game, so we're in good shape." Baylor Associate VP/Facilities, Planning & Construction Brian Nicholson said that the stadium "will be functional when fans arrive for the first game" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/1).
BEARCAT TRACKS: Univ. of Cincinnati architect Beth McGrew said that the school remains "on schedule to re-open" Nippert Stadium for the '15 season. In Cincinnati, Tom Groeschen notes the expansion "mainly will come via premium seating and focuses on the west side of the stadium, adding suites, club seats and loge boxes within a new press box structure." The new structure will be "about 1 1/2 stories taller than the former press box and about 130 yards long." The facility will "contain four levels: A press and operations level, suite level, scholarship club level, and patio suites mezzanine level." The west concourse also is "being renovated, including concession stands and restrooms." The old press box has been "torn down, and work is proceeding on the foundation of the new structure." McGrew said that there will be "more than double the current amount of both restroom and concession availability" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/1).
Tiger Woods will “design an 18-hole golf course in the recently announced Bluejack National private club and residential community northwest of Houston," according to Nancy Sarnoff of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The project will be the “first golf course designed by Woods to open" in the U.S. Construction of the golf course is “expected to begin this summer and open” in the fall of ‘15. Beacon Land Development "is partnering with Dallas-based Lantern Asset Management on the project" (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 4/30). GOLFWEEK’s Martin Kaufmann noted Beacon “picked Woods to design Bluejack National, which will anchor a 755-acre private community in Montgomery, Texas.” The course will be "built on the site of Blaketree National Golf Club, which was a well-regarded design when it opened” in ‘01. Bluejack National “will be a new design, though some existing corridors will be maintained.” Houston businessman Thomas Blake originally “hired the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to design the course, but then finished the design work himself.” After Blake’s death in '01, his family “took control of the course, then sought to sell it” in ’05. Course conditions reportedly “languished as the family tried to unload the property.” Bluejack National figures to “attract a lot of attention.” Woods also is the “designer of the second course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas in Mexico” which is “scheduled to open this fall” (GOLFWEEK.com, 4/30).