What’s going on with TD Garden seats, Jacobs ownership of Bruins

By WEEI 93.7

The $100 million expansion and improvement of TD Garden is still in progress, but already there have been some complaints about the renovated seating areas.

Throughout the Bruins’ three preseason games several complaints rang out on social media about a reduction in leg room and a shrinking of the seats.

TD garden with that 4 inch leg room.. can't wait for this... pic.twitter.com/SuzwnXjZN9

— The Ders (@AntonChigurh81) September 29, 2019

Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs has heard some of the criticisms, but is waiting to see what the response will be when the regular season starts before formulating a plan to address the issue.

The Bruins play their first home game Oct. 12 after a four-game road trip to open the regular season.

“I’m sure we’re going to hear some more about it,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “Listen, those are the standards that are across the league. It’s not like we sort of made it up arbitrarily and this is the size of the seat. Those are across the National Hockey League and NBA. But yeah, I’ve heard some of the feedback, I personally got some email about it already, it’s early days, so I’m sure there’s a lot more coming once the season ticket holders – those that may have skipped our preseason games – show up.

“I don’t have a program yet to address those issues. There may have to be some fixes involved. I’m not sure we can do those overnight.”

Jacobs was asked during a press conference if there have been any changes to the decision-making process among the Bruins ownership or if he has taken on a larger role since the Boston Globe reported that his father Jeremy Jacobs had passed control of the team to his six children. Charlie Jacobs said nothing has changed, and then the elder Jacobs cleared up what really recently happened with the team’s control.

“It’s been magnified and maybe misrepresented,” Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Bruins since 1975, said. “There was a trust made recently that put the Bruin asset into a beneficiary so when I croak, it will be the next generation. Nothing has changed as far as positions and authority and responsibility. I still will be in the same position. I think of the benefit though, it’s probably the only sports team in this town right now that can predictably say it will stay pretty much as is in the direction it’s going in the foreseeable and perhaps the next generation. That was my goal. My dad did the same thing for his kids, and it’s the same kind of thinking that I’m putting forward.”

So it’s business as usual for the Bruins. And that may involve alleviating some of the pain of some of the fans in the stands.