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Volume 25 No. 134

Facilities

Delaware North is "taking the wraps off of the biggest expansion in the 23-year history of the TD Garden" -- a 50,000-square-foot, $100M addition "designed to add concessions, spruce up club areas, increase seating and ... give the Garden a proper front door," according to Tim Logan of the BOSTON GLOBE. The new main entrance is "connected to the 1.9 million-square-foot Hub on Causeway project, which Delaware North and Boston Properties are building on the adjacent site of the old Boston Garden." That will allow TD Garden to "expand and offer fans a wider array of ways and places to watch a game." The project includes "expanding the two main concourses, at the loge and balcony levels, and adding pop-up food areas and bars, and huge TVs for fans who would rather linger in the hallways." Delaware North will "build a new club area -- for the newly renamed 'Boston Garden Society' -- on the fifth and sixth floors with views of the downtown skyline." There also will be a "new bar on the eighth level and, on the ninth floor, another club area -- 'Rafters' -- with a new row of seating hanging out over the Garden’s existing stands." All told, the improvements will "increase the arena's capacity by more than 400." Most of the work is "scheduled to be complete by next fall," in time for the '19-20 Bruins and Celtics seasons. There also will be some "nuts-and-bolts changes, including new seats in the arena's bowl, new locker rooms for the Celtics and Bruins, and expanded women's restrooms" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/9).

TD GARDEN EXPANSION

One new premium aream in the lower level will include 32 pairs of plush "Lounge Seats"
Photo: ATHLETICS

The A's are adding three new premium areas with tables, plush seating and theater boxes at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for '19. The team also is renovating and rebranding outfield premium hospitality areas with new tables and drink rails for socializing fans. A’s COO Chris Giles said the team needs some new premium offerings. “We will be sold out of our other premium products,” Giles said. He added the new and renovated areas show fans the type of premium and social seating the team will have at its planned and long-desired new ballpark. “All of these are really done as an opportunity for testing what we are doing for the new ballpark,” Giles said. The new premium areas are all in the lower level of the Coliseum and include 18 four-person tables in an area called The Terrace, 32 pairs of plush "Lounge Seats" and another new area called the Coppola Theater Boxes. The latter is branded after Napa Valley’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery and features premium boxes that seat four to six fans. Giles said the new areas, which will all have in-seat ordering, are being built out where there is existing traditional seating. Pricing is still being finalized. The A’s also are rebranding two outfield premium hospitality areas. The right field lower-level terrace area will be called the Hero Deck and feature table seating. Its left field counterpart will become a 250-person area called Oak Landing and have drink rails for socially focused fans. Construction will start after the end of the Raiders season.

In Ames, Dylan Montz notes Iowa State next week will "seek final approval from the Iowa Board of Regents" to begin construction on a $90M, 110,000-square foot sports performance center -- as well as a "new lighted plaza on the north side of Jack Trice Stadium." ISU in April was given permission from the BOR to "continue planning the project while developing a sound financial model -- original costs were estimated to be" between $65-80M. The project is "expected to break ground" in June and "take two years to complete." ISU AD Jamie Pollard said that more than $40M has been "raised through private support with additional funding expected to be raised once the project is granted final approval" (AMES TRIBUNE, 11/9).

REFUND APPROVED: The Penguins will be reimbursed $1.39M for "upgrades they have made to an internal television system, a sound board, projectors and other equipment at PPG Paints Arena." Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority board members "unanimously approved" the reimbursements at their meeting Thursday. The money "will come from an arena capital reserve fund financed primarily through parking surcharges and set up as part of the team's lease" with the Sports & Exhibition Authority, which "owns the arena" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/9).

ROYAL REDEVELOPMENT: The Kings were set to take a "key step Thursday toward finally fulfilling their promise to redevelop the largely unused Sleep Train Arena site," as the team filed an application with the city to "rezone the massive 183-acre site for a variety of potential uses -- one of which could be a zoo." The Kings’ application "does not offer details about what may go on the site, but includes zoning for the possibility of 1.2 million square feet of commercial and retail, as well as employment or office sites, and notably, up to 2,000 housing units" (SACBEE.com, 11/8).