Bos­ton’s TD Gar­den to ante up $2.65M for not rais­ing rec funds

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Bos­ton’s TD Gar­den has agreed to pay Mas­sachusetts nearly $2 mil­lion af­ter lo­cal teens dis­cov­ered the arena failed to hold fundrais­ers ben­e­fit­ing state parks and recre­ational ar­eas for years, de­spite a state law that man­dated it to do so as part of build­ing ap­provals.

The arena, which is home to the NBA’s Celtics and NHL’s Bru­ins, an­nounced Thurs­day that it will pay $1.65 mil­lion to the state Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Re­cre­ation.

The agency, in turn, said it would kick in $1 mil­lion and des­ig­nate those funds to ben­e­fit a com­mu­nity ath­letic fa­cil­ity in Bos­ton’s Jack­son Square.

The stu­dents who un­cov­ered the over­sight had been seek­ing fund­ing for a new hockey rink for their neigh­bour­hood.

At a protest on Thurs­day at TD Gar­den, the stu­dents and their sup­port­ers crit­i­cized the retroac­tive pay­ments as fall­ing far short of the nearly $14 mil­lion they cal­cu­late the arena ac­tu­ally owes, based on penal­ties and in­ter­est over the years.

They held signs de­nounc­ing TD Gar­den owner Jeremy Ja­cobs and chanted: “Jeremy Ja­cobs you can’t hide, we’ve got jus­tice on our side.”

A 1993 state law ob­li­gated TD Gar­den’s own­ers to host three fundrais­ers a year on be­half of the re­cre­ation agency in ex­change for state ap­proval to con­struct a new mul­ti­mil­lions sports fa­cil­ity.

But arena own­ers and the state ac­knowl­edged in sep­a­rate let­ters to the stu­dents that no fundrais­ers have ever been held.

They promised Thurs­day that they’re de­vel­op­ing a plan to en­sure the arena meets its le­gal obli­ga­tions go­ing for­ward.

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