Bruins Reportedly Discussing New Balance Partnership For New Practice Facility
The Bruins are "exploring plans to open a new practice facility at the massive sports complex being developed by New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Brighton," according to sources cited by Casey Ross of the BOSTON GLOBE. No deal has "been signed, but the Bruins have expressed interest in moving to the property, where New Balance has won approval to build a regulation-size NHL rink." A commitment from the team "would be a major boost" for the $500M project. Construction is "expected to start on a new world headquarters for New Balance this year." The Bruins hold training sessions at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass., but the facility "seems cramped and out of the way for one of the NHL’s best franchises in recent years." Bruins execs have been "shopping for a larger, more modern training facility for more than a year." Another option "may be a new complex being planned in Allston by The Skating Club of Boston." That facility, planned to "open in 2015, will include three rinks" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/15).