Bruins management starting to panic over new seats at TD Garden

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  1. Fenway

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    A few days ago the Bruins downplayed any issues with the new seats

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    When the complaints were coming from Bruins fans they downplayed the problem but now after a couple of concerts and Celtics preseason games, they now are aware they have a major issue to deal with.

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    This email was sent to the STH's

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    Local TV stations now on it



    and this morning the Boston Globe

    At TD Garden, fans are feeling the squeeze - The Boston Globe
    The replacement earlier this year of seats throughout the arena — as well as the addition of 500 new spots — has left many fuming over the suddenly cramped quarters. In recent days, countless fans have voiced their seat-size-related frustrations, filling social media with complaints about discomfort and nonexistent legroom and, in some cases, threatening to boycott the Garden altogether.

    “I expect it when I fly on Spirit Airlines,” said Dan Rosa of Lexington, a clinical psychologist and Bruins season-ticket holder for more than 25 years. “I don’t expect it when I go to the Garden.”

    In a statement this week, TD Garden president Amy Latimer said venue officials were aware of the backlash and would be addressing the issue — though she offered little in the way of specifics.

    “We are evaluating the situation with our seating installation and architect partners and we are implementing both immediate and phased-approach solutions,” Latimer said. “We will make this right for our guests.”

    In an e-mail to the Globe, Garden spokeswoman Tricia McCorkle said that while some seats did change in size, the arena’s average seat size — the measurement from mid-armrest to mid-armrest — remains 19.1 inches, the same as last season. What’s more, the loge and balcony sections have increased by less than 20 seats total, she said; the rest is part of new seating areas on the eighth and ninth floors.

    Unlike last year, however, all of the new seats feature cushioning on the seat and back, as well as a new armrest design and increased seat-back height that McCorkle said “may contribute to a smaller seat feel for guests.”

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    It was part of our heritage going back to the old Garden



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    Fans are also fuming over the scoreboard upgrade as while the screens are now 4K the screens are the same size.

    The buzz in the city is the Celtics are furious and looking into building their own arena in partnership with the Encore Casino less than 2 miles from TD Garden.
     
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    wow....its that bad?
     
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    So the scoreboard isn't as awesome as the new one in Philadelphia? And the Devil's got a new one last year?

    So after all the renovation, the TD Garden scoreboard is still inferior to those two teams, at least?

    I wonder how the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco is for the Warriors? Better scoreboard then Philadelphia?
     
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    That would be an interesting development if the Celtics decided that it made financial sense for them to build their own arena.
     
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    Frontier Airlines would be proud.
     
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    I mean. The season is underway so it's not like they can do anything right? Unless they change it a little at a time?
     
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    Did they not have any type of executive looking over the renovation or the construction manager or something? You can tell pretty much right away that those seats are going to be super uncomfortable for anybody over 8 years old.
     
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    Did the original seats not have any cushion? The aisles did not change. Hard to believe that a building that went up in the mid 90’s doesn’t have enough aisle room for a cushioned back seat without compromising leg room.
     
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    Good grief, Fenway - that reminds me of the old Carolina scoreboard we just replaced. Definitely not keeping up with the times with the direction scoreboards are going around the League.
     
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    I noticed the two pre-season games drew 17,565 "sellouts," though I'm sure there were many empty seats like in all or most cities for pre-season games. I don't recall ever having pre-season TD Garden sellouts in the past.

    The home opener drew 17,100 plus, according to Fox NHL scores which I check for all teams regularly. Not the traditional 17,565.

    So that's the new TD Garden Bruins sellout figure after the renovations?

    Seems so odd after it's been 17,565 capacity since it opened, I think. I wonder where the seats were eliminated? Was it a result of adding more suites seating but eliminating regular seats? Hmmm...
     
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    The Bruins announced a sellout attendance of 17,193, with areas of Levels 8 and 9 still under construction.

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    They upgraded the video screens to 4K but used the existing overhang that was installed in 2007. They went cheap - and last night the SOG for the Bruins did not work

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    the seats just feel smaller, lol.
     
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    Blues upgrade their scoreboard a year or two ago

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    Cant believe they got rid of the yellow....are they braindead?
     
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    Well they do share the arena with Celtics.
     
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    Delaware North is the owner of the building/landlord
     
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    I am surprised about the size of the scoreboard. It looks comparable to the one at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Winnipeg's seems fine considering the size of the arena(smallest in the NHL) but I would expect something bigger in Boston - one of the largest markets in the league.
     
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    And?

    They need to keep Celtics happy or else Celtics are gonna go out and look to build their own arena.
     
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    they may do it anyway, but question is where..... same problem the Revolution face in Foxboro, BK
     
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    I don't think Celtics are gonna do it. They have a sweetheart lease with TD garden. And the city is definitely not paying up for another arena.
     
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