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BOSTON (AP) — A group of students have found that a Boston arena has not held up its end of a 1993 agreement that called for it to host three fundraisers a year for the agency that oversees the city's recreational facilities in exchange for state approval for a new facility.

Officials at TD Garden, a multipurpose arena where the city's NBA Celtics and NHL Bruins teams play, and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation officials acknowledged in separate letters to the students that no fundraisers have been held, The Boston Globe reported ( ).

The teens had been seeking funding for a new hockey rink in their neighborhood when they began researching the old agreement. They looked up a state law enacted in 1993 that stated: "The new Boston Garden Corporation...shall less than three charitable events per year" and pay the proceeds to the Metropolitan District Commission.

TD Garden had been called the Boston Garden before it was renamed in 2005.

The students sought an accounting of funds the state had received from fundraisers held at TD Garden. The DCR's general counsel told them last month that "the search did not reveal a responsive record," meaning no fundraisers had been held.

The students say the arena should settle on a one-time payout to make up for the past 24 years, as well as begin holding the fundraisers it agreed to.

State officials confirmed that they're involved in discussions with TD Garden "regarding a resolution to the legislative requirement."

Tricia McCorkle, an arena spokeswoman, said they are working on a resolution with the department.


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