B's to build practice facility in Boston

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed a letter of intent for a long-term lease with Boston Landing to build a new practice facility in the Allston-Brighton complex that is set to open in fall 2016.

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 on the 14-acre site that includes the new world headquarters of New Balance. A commuter rail station will also be built. Also, additional office buildings, retail shops, restaurants, a hotel and sports complex will be developed on the site.

For years, the Bruins have been talking about a new, state-of-the-art practice facility in order to keep up with other NHL organizations. The Bruins discussed and studied many options until deciding on the New Balance site.

“I am thrilled that we have found the Bruins a new practice home within the Boston city limits,” said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs. “Our goal is to set the industry standard in everything that we do, and we are confident that our new practice facility will do just that. As we enter the design phase of the project, we look forward to sharing details as they become available.”

The Bruins have been using Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass., as their practice rink since the 1987-88 season. Over the years, the Bruins have made renovations to the rink to accommodate the players, but the facility is not up to league standards. Most NHL teams have top-notch facilities.

“Since joining the Bruins in a front-office capacity, a goal of mine has been to move the Bruins into a first-class practice facility and this agreement moves us closer to accomplishing that goal,” said Bruins team president Cam Neely. “The vision that New Balance has for the Boston Landing project is exactly what we were looking for, and we are confident that through this partnership, we will build a facility that our entire organization will be proud of.”

Since many of the players live in the city, this new practice facility will make it more convenient for players and fans.