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Bruins considering building practice facility next to TD Garden

Posted By DJ Bean On October 2, 2013 @ 3:04 pm In General | No Comments

Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs said Wednesday that the team is continuing to look into options for a new practice facility and that building one next to TD Garden is currently his top choice.

The Bruins are long overdue to upgrade from Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, and they’ve had reported interest in practicing at the sports complex being built by New Balance in Brighton.

Delaware North (the Jacobs family’s company) and Boston Properties filed formal plans for a Causeway St. complex last month, and Jacobs said he expects it to be reviewed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in November.

“My hope would be that we would have a premier, world-class training facility,” Jacobs said Wednesday. “Not to say that we don’t have one at Ristuccia, but we think we could do better and a little bit of an upgrade. If it works out with our partners at Boston Properties — and we’re still penciling the numbers — there is a good chance that we would have one right next door in addition to some retail [stores], some restaurants.

“It’s a really good concept that we’d be rolling out to fill in this North End. If it happens to be a rink, great. If not, we’ll continue our discussions with [New Balance], with The Skating Club of Boston. There are a number of different options for us out there for us. This might be option 1 in my book at the moment. Things change though. This is a very evolving process.”


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