It’s a big night in the Delaware North world of sports and entertainment.
The Boston Bruins, owned by Delaware North Companies Chairman and CEO Jeremy Jacobs, open the season tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden, where fans will see the completed first phase of the venue’s $70 million renovation project. The 8 p.m. ET faceoff is the first on the docket for the NBC Sports Network’s NHL broadcast schedule.
The comprehensive, arena-wide upgrade — led by Delaware North/Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs — touches every aspect of the TD Garden fan experience. The completed first phase includes a floor-to-ceiling redesign and refurbishment of the level-four loge concourse and the addition of eight concessions outlets. Also included in the project’s first phase is the reopening of Legends, TD Garden’s largest restaurant. Legends received a head-to-toe makeover, featuring a reconfigured footprint with a modern, sports-themed design to go along with refreshed culinary offerings — including a raw bar, a brick oven and a charcuterie station. The technology upgrades include new state-of-the-art technology solutions using Cisco’s Connected Stadium Wi-Fi & StadiumVision to create innovative digital fan experiences well into the future.
Delaware North Companies Sportservice, meanwhile, will have four of its executive chefs from Major League Baseball venues competing on Food Network’s popular series, “Chopped.” The episode, titled "Big Hitters," also airs at 8 p.m. ET.
The Delaware North competitors are:
Josh Distenfeld, executive chef at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles
Jessica Helms, then-executive chef at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals
James Major, executive chef at Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds
Cristobal Vazquez, executive chef at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers
The chefs face a multiple-round challenge that includes baskets filled with ingredients that have a connection to baseball. Each chef must use his or her professional training and culinary creativity to create a dish that impresses the judges — Scott Conant, Marc Murphy and Amanda Freitag — to avoid the dreaded “chopping block.”
So, get those remote-thumbs ready; with the action taking place at the same time, you will have to flip between the stations (or set the DVR, of course).