“This area will become a peaceful, quiet space on Temple Square,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for the Church. “The plans for this area will also provide a more direct and clear view of the Salt Lake Temple from the northwest area of Temple Square, enhancing the prominence of the temple.”
Restrooms will be added to support events in the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall.
"This change is being made because all sessions of general conference are now available to anyone who desires to watch or listen."Just because all sessions of general conference are now available to anyone who desires to watch or listen is a really odd reason to eliminate these sessions.