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TD Garden
"The Boston Garden"
TD Garden Logo.svg
TD Garden
Former names Shawmut Center (1995)
FleetCenter (1995-February 10, 2005)
various names (February 10-March 13, 2005)
TD Banknorth Garden (2005-July 16, 2009)
Location 100 Legends Way, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114
Coordinates 42°21′58.69″N 71°3′44.02″W / 42.3663028°N 71.0622278°W / 42.3663028; -71.0622278Coordinates: 42°21′58.69″N 71°3′44.02″W / 42.3663028°N 71.0622278°W / 42.3663028; -71.0622278
Broke ground May, 1993
Opened September 30, 1995
Owner Delaware North Companies
Operator Delaware North Companies
Construction cost $ 160 million USD
Architect Ellerbe Becket, Inc.[1]
Capacity NHL Hockey: 17,565
NBA Basketball: 18,624
For any event: 19,580
Boston Bruins (NHL) (1995-present)
Boston Celtics (NBA) (1995-present)
Boston Blazers (MILL) (1996-1997)
Democratic National Convention (2004)
Boston Blazers (NLL) (2009-present)

TD Garden[2] is a sports arena in Boston. It is named after its sponsor, TD Bank, N.A. and is often simply called The Garden, or the traditional Boston Garden. It was formerly known as the FleetCenter and the Shawmut Center (title sponsor Shawmut Bank was bought by FleetBoston Financial before the arena opened). TD Bank, N.A. has been in control of the arena's naming rights since 2005, with the arena called TD Banknorth Garden until July 16, 2009, when the TD Banknorth name ceased to exist.

TD Garden is the home arena for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association, and the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League.[3] It is the site of the annual Beanpot, and hosts the annual Hockey East Championships. The arena has also hosted many major national sporting events including the 1999 and 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball regional first and second rounds, the 2009 Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, and the Women's Final Four.





Planners drew up designs for a new arena in the early 1990s after years of pressure on the owners of the Boston Bruins hockey club to replace the aging Boston Garden, which had been considered inadequate as a major league sports facility for many years. Plans for the new stadium stated that it would be slightly north of the old facility. The term "slightly north" ended up meaning that there was only nine inches (23 cm) of space between the two buildings, when construction was completed.[4] The site for the new stadium occupied 3.2 acres. It eventually cost $160 million. Ground was broken on April 29, 1993. In 27 months, quick by today's standards, the stadium was built. That includes 7 weeks of delay caused by heavy snowfall.[4] The FleetCenter opened on September 30, 1995.


When constructed to replace the aging Boston Garden as the home of the Boston Bruins hockey team and the Boston Celtics basketball team, the arena was called the FleetCenter. The arena opened on September 30, 1995.

During the construction phase, the naming rights to the "New Garden" were sold to a major Boston-based regional bank, Shawmut Bank. However, just as the Shawmut Center was being completed, Shawmut merged with its somewhat larger rival, the Providence-based Fleet Bank. The merger was negotiated in secret while Shawmut and Fleet's marketing departments were simultaneously engaged in a spirited bidding war for the arena's naming rights. The post-merger bank had effectively been bidding against itself. The bank which won the competition for the "New Garden's" naming rights, Shawmut, was the bank whose name disappeared during the merger. Shortly before the new arena opened, every seat, which had been stamped with the Shawmut logo, had to be replaced. Also, the entire color scheme for the interior had to be adjusted.

New HD Scoreboard
2004 Celtics game at the FleetCenter

The name of the arena was expected to change as a result of the April 1, 2004 merger of FleetBoston Financial with Bank of America. On January 5, 2005, FleetCenter's owner, Delaware North Companies, announced an agreement under which the bank made a payment to be released from the remaining six years on the naming rights agreement. The agreement left Delaware North free to sell the naming rights to another sponsor. On March 3, 2005, Maine-based TD Banknorth, a U.S. subsidiary of Toronto-Dominion Bank, announced its purchase of the naming rights. The first major event after the announcement was the 2005 Hockey East men's tournament.

The company named the facility "TD Banknorth Garden" in honor of the original Boston Garden. The name officially became the TD Banknorth Garden on July 1, 2005. Prior to that date, it went under the name "YourGarden."

In early 2005, while still searching for a long-term corporate sponsor, the FleetCenter conducted auctions on eBay to sell one-day naming rights. From February 10 to March 13, the FleetCenter sold the naming rights 30 different times on eBay. The net proceeds of $150,633.22 generated during the auction was donated to charities in the Greater Boston area, and $40,000 worth of My Grandma's Coffee Cakes was donated to local food banks. The FleetCenter also made private arrangements with a few companies for one-day naming rights, and offered one day's rights in an employee raffle.

2nd Fleetcenter Logo after Fleet's merger with BankBoston (1999–2004)
TD Banknorth Garden signage (2005–2009)
The FleetCenter (at the time of the photo) hosting the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

During the name auction, only twice were names reported to be rejected. Kerry Konrad, a New York City lawyer and Yankees fan, won naming rights for March 1. He proposed the name "DerekJeterCenter," after the New York Yankees shortstop, a stab at fellow Harvard alum and Boston Red Sox fan Jerry Rappaport, Jr., with whom he had a 25 year-old rivalry. Being in the heart of Red Sox Nation, the name did not sit well with the executives and was rejected. An agreement was reached in which the arena would be named "New Boston Garden, Home of The Jimmy Fund Champions." founder Drew Curtis held a contest on his website to name the arena after he bought single-day rights. A user vote resulted in the " UFIA Center" coming on top, but the name was rejected due to its inappropriate meaning. The name eventually selected by Curtis and company was "Boston Garden".

  • Including its present name, the TD Garden has had 33 different names.
  • Celtics players dubbed it "The Jungle" during the team's 2002 playoff run.

In April 2008, parent company TD Banknorth became TD Bank, after a merger with Commerce Bancorp. Owner Delaware North Companies announced on April 15, 2009, that the building would be renamed TD Garden in July 2009.[5][6]


Before the 2006–07 season, the TD Garden underwent a major overhaul, installing a new HD entertainment board, the first of its kind in any arena. For basketball, video advertising panels (installed by the NCAA for the 2006 Women's Final Four) replaced the traditional scrolling panels, and added a see-through shot clock, joining the FedExForum, Wachovia Center, Philips Arena, US Airways Center, United Center, and the Time Warner Cable Arena.



Celtics in a game versus the Miami Heat at the TD Garden

The arena is primarily the home arena for the NHL's Boston Bruins and the NBA's Boston Celtics. The facility has also hosted the 2001 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 1996 and 2000 US Gymnastics Trials, the 1998 and 2004 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, the 1996 NHL All-Star Game, and the 2008 NBA Finals.

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics being defended by the 2008-2009 NBA MVP LeBron James.

It has hosted World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania XIV in 1998, as well as King of the Ring 2000, Royal Rumble 2003, SummerSlam 2006, and Survivor Series 2008. It has also been a regular stop for Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. On September 29, 2009, it taped A Decade of SmackDown, the tenth anniversary of Friday Night SmackDown.

TD Garden is one of two NBA arenas (along with Amway Arena, home of the Orlando Magic) with parquet floors. The Celtics are best known for the tradition of the parquet floor, originally built after World War II because of cost and the scarcity of lumber in that time. However, a traditional floor was used in the 2006 NCAA Women's Final Four and the 2009 NCAA Men's East Regional.

Ricky Hatton began his 'American dream' here on 13 May 2006, he stepped up to welterweight to fight WBA world champion Luis Collazo. After knocking Collazo down after seconds into the first round, Hatton was made to work hard to earn a unanimous point win.

Other events

It also hosts many non-sporting events, such as concerts, shows, graduations, seminars, Disney on Ice, the circus, and most notably the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Bruce Springsteen has, despite the notoriously poor acoustics, played several shows in the venue, and in 2001, U2 recorded four consecutive concerts there for use on their Elevation 2001: Live from Boston DVD. Also, Fleetwood Mac recorded and filmed their 2004 CD and DVD package Live in Boston (2004) at this venue. Also, The Who and Genesis recorded live CDs as part of the Encore Series in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Most recently, the filming of Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour took place on August 12 and August 13, 2008. The most successful tour ever by a solo artist, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour landed at the venue on October 15th, and 16th of 2008. On January 18, 2009 Metallica played a show from their "World Magnetic Tour" tour to premote their new album Death Magnetic. There was also a Green day show on 20 July 2009. Bon Jovi has played many shows at the Garden and recorded his Walmart Exclusive cd Live From the Have A Nice Day Tour which was recorded December 10, 2005.

  • American Pop/Rock/Soul star P!NK performed a sold out show on October 2, 2009 on the very successful worldwide Funhouse Tour.


Just as the Boston Garden was, the TD Garden is built on top of Boston's North Station, a major transportation hub. The Commuter Rail waiting area becomes crowded during events due to this design: the fans shared a relatively small area with commuters and several fast food concessions. (There is a concourse on the second floor which is about the same size as the former main ground floor concourse, but this is utilized only as an entryway for the arena.) Work finished on the expanded North Station concourse in early 2007. A new, larger, railway concourse gives railway passengers a waiting area which does not interfere with patrons entering or leaving the Garden.

Connections to the Orange Line and Green Line are near the eastern entrance to the Garden. The Green Line formerly ran on an elevated train in front of the building: however, a Green Line tunnel was completed in 2004. (The original plan was to tear down the rail tracks before the 2004 Democratic National Convention, but in the end the tracks were purposely left up through the convention, to serve as a platform for security forces.) The elevated rail has since been demolished.

2005 Hockey East Tournament

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