It looks like Ristuccia will be a thing of the past for the Boston Bruins.
The team announced Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent with the City of Boston to build a new practice facility in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, slated to open in the fall of 2016. The new facility, to be located in Boston Landing, a 14-acre mixed-used development - anchored by New Balance's new world headquarters - to be completed next year, would replace Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, which has served as the Bruins practice home since 1987.
“I am thrilled that we have found the Bruins a new practice home within the Boston city limits,” Bruins principal owner Charlie Jacobs said in a statement. “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 agreement also includes approximately 25,000 square feet of dedicated locker room, training and office space. Elkus Manfredi Architects will design the facility and John Moriarty and Associates will handle construction, which the team hopes to begin next spring.
Artist design of Boston Landing in Brighton where Bruins will practice starting Fall '16 pic.twitter.com/TH1G2NEmto— Josh Brogadir (@joshbNECN) July 8, 2014
“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,” Bruins president Cam Neely said. “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.”
A commuter rail station on the Framingham-Worcester line will also be added, as well as additional office buildings, retail and restaurant space, a hotel and a sports complex.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Boston Bruins, a truly world-class organization, to Boston Landing,” said Jim Halliday, managing director for NB Development Group LLC. “This agreement reflects our vision of Boston Landing that transcends typical brick and mortar real estate development by truly enhancing and activating the area’s experience for tenants and residents, and also creating a destination use for visitors.”