C’s extend Garden lease through 2021


BOSTON (AP) – The slumping Boston Celtics may miss this year’s playoffs, but at least the team knows where it is wanted: the TD Banknorth Garden. The team announced a lease extension Wednesday at the 19,600-seat arena that will keep the Celtics there through the 2020-2021 season. The deal includes a bid host the NBA All-Star Game in 2009 or 2010, a new private Courtside Club for season ticket holders, a new multimillion-dollar scoreboard and other enhancements.

“For the Celtics to remain at the TD Banknorth Garden is not only good for the team but it is also good for the city of Boston and for our fans,” said Wyc Grousbeck, Boston Celtics managing partner and governor, in a written statement.

The agreement is between the team and Delaware North Companies, a hospitality and food service provider which operates the TB Banknorth Garden.

“This long-term lease extension represents the next step in an even closer working relationship between Delaware North Companies and the Celtics,” said Delaware North Companies Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs.

Under the new lease, the team will also increase promotions and add new scoreboard signs.

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