BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s TD Garden has agreed to pay the state nearly $2 million after local teens discovered the arena failed to hold fundraisers benefiting Massachusetts parks and recreational areas.
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 said at a protest Thursday that the retroactive payment falls woefully short.
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 facility.
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