BOSTON – The opening of a new Star Market location in Boston has been in the works for years now in the area surrounding the TD Garden and the recently-opened Hub on Causeway complex, but officials surprised the residents of the city by announcing that it was going to open soon. So soon, in fact, that it is going to be open tomorrow. Yes, you read that correctly. Tomorrow.
By this time tomorrow, there will be a much more convenient way for Bostonians to conduct their grocery shopping, especially for those who live in the general vicinity of the Garden. At 50,000 square feet, the new Star Market will be the largest of its kind in the city. It's a big change coming to the TD Garden and its area, but the arena is not yet done with the upgrades.
Thanks to an expansion announced less than a year ago, the TD Garden has seen a number of upgrades inside of the arena, as well. For one, concourses within the arena have added extra vendors for food and beverage, as well as more restrooms. Most notably, the capacity of the Garden has increased by about 500 as the seats were upgraded and expanded throughout. Instead of the iconic black and gold chairs that have dotted the Garden's seating area since it opened in 1995, the center will now feature larger chairs with more cushioning. Additionally, they are all black. It is a bit jarring at first to see the Garden without its iconic golden chairs, but I bet these new seats will win fans over fairly quickly.
The Garden is also gearing up to add more seats to the very top of the building as a place for people to "hang out," according to Amy Latimer, the president of the arena. It will be known as the Rafters and it will join the Back Row Bar, in the balcony, as exciting new features in the arena.
According to the renovation, upgraded locker rooms for both the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins are in the works, as well as a fancy new security system.
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