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    1. MassMutual Center, UMass, AIC to co-host 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional

      MassMutual Center, UMass, AIC to co-host 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional

      The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that the MassMutual Center, in conjunction with American International College and the University of Massachusetts, has been selected to host a 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional, marking the first time the event has been held at the MassMutual Center.  “We are extremely excited to be hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Regional Ice Hockey Championships in 2024,” said Sean Dolan, General Manager of the MassMutual Center. “We are looking forward to partnering with both the University of Massachusetts and American International College as we welcome hockey fans ...

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    2. Western Mass. tourism industry and small businesses brace for trouble ahead as pandemic pressures bottom lines

      Western Mass. tourism industry and small businesses brace for trouble ahead as pandemic pressures bottom lines

      Due to the coronavirus pandemic, expenses for many businesses across Massachusetts are going up, but incomes have declined for most industries, some by fifty percent or more in many cases. In Western Massachusetts, tourism, restaurants and entertainment venues have seen the largest declines with many businesses looking at furloughs, layoffs and in some cases closures.

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    3. ‘It was going to be a banner year’: Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement move called unfortunate but necessary

      ‘It was going to be a banner year’: Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement move called unfortunate but necessary

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s decision to move its 2020 enshrinement out of 2020 and out of Springfield costs the city. Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, said her job now is to help the hall recover as soon as possible.

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    4. Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 induction moved to Mohegan Sun; layoffs, pay cuts announced - masslive.com

      Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 induction moved to Mohegan Sun; layoffs, pay cuts announced - masslive.com

      The Hall of Fame announced Friday that the 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony festivities have been rescheduled to May 13-15, 2021, due to the continuing impact of COVID-19. The organization had been hopeful to find a viable date this October if the pandemic showed signs of subsiding, according to a statement.

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    5. Springfield Museums to Present ‘Heroes in Healthcare’ Exhibit

      Springfield Museums to Present ‘Heroes in Healthcare’ Exhibit

      The Springfield Museums will present “Heroes in Healthcare: Celebrating Springfield’s Medical Community” at the Wood Museum of Springfield History from Aug. 3 through Jan. 24, 2021. As a complementary exhibit to Hall of Heroes, located on the first floor of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, “Heroes in Healthcare” pinpoints the deep appreciation we all feel for those who put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others.

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    6. Pioneer Valley tourism promotion gets $250K boost from state as industry emerges from coronavirus shutdowns, State Sen. Eric Lesser announces

      Pioneer Valley tourism promotion gets $250K boost from state as industry emerges from coronavirus shutdowns, State Sen. Eric Lesser announces

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will step up its advertising — in states were folks can legally visit Massachusetts without first quarantining, and here at home — with $250,000 in funding announced Monday by state Sen. Eric P. Lesser. The money comes from the $1.1 billion supplemental budget signed into law last week by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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    7. ESE Searches for Revenue Streams After 2020 Big E Is Canceled

      ESE Searches for Revenue Streams After 2020 Big E Is Canceled

      As he talked with BusinessWest about the cancellation of this year’s Big E and how the Eastern States Exposition (ESE) will respond to that huge loss of revenue, Gene Cassidy stopped and pointed to a picture at the opposite end of the company’s large conference room. “That’s J. Loring Brooks, son of Joshua L. Brooks, founder of the Eastern States Exposition,” said Cassidy, president and CEO of ESE. “He was the Big E’s chief development officer. When the Eastern States had rainy fairs or fairs where, for one reason or another, we didn’t make any ...

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    8. After Four Challenging Months, Museums Reopen to a Different World

      After Four Challenging Months, Museums Reopen to a Different World

      Kay Simpson says the top priority before reopening Springfield Museums was making sure both visitors and staff would be safe. “Kissing Through a Curtain” is an exhibit of 10 contemporary artists, dealing with communicating and translating across borders, how people interact, and the meaning behind words. It was hung at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in March, a few days before the museum closed due to COVID-19 — and there it has hung, dormant, ever since.

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    9. ‘This is where we had to be’: Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame reopens following $23M renovation, coronavirus shutdown

      ‘This is where we had to be’: Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame reopens following $23M renovation, coronavirus shutdown

      In a modernization push, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year updated its exhibits with interactive touchscreen-activated kiosks as part of a $23 million top-to-bottom renovation. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic made touching shared surfaces and going around without a mask troublesome.

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    10. Northampton Jazz Festival Postpones 2020 Season

      Northampton Jazz Festival Postpones 2020 Season

      Due to the current regulations regarding community health and limitations on public gatherings brought on by COVID-19, the Northampton Jazz Festival has made the decision to postpone its 2020 festival scheduled for the first weekend in October. The Northampton Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz music held yearly in downtown Northampton, collaborating with local businesses and performers to provide the community with musical performances. From jazz strolls to intimate venues with Grammy Award-winning performers, this weekend has become a staple of the community. Next year’s event will be held on Oct. 1-2, 2021.

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    11. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival will be broadcast, online event this summer because of pandemic - masslive.com

      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival will be broadcast, online event this summer because of pandemic - masslive.com

      The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival regularly fills Court Square with thousands of revelers, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers this summer to turn to community television and the web as a venue.  A day of music performances will be shown on Focus Community TV and streamed on springfieldjazzfest.com on Aug. 15. Organizers Blues to Green will broadcast highlight performances from the past six years from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Springfield community leaders serving as hosts.

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    12. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to reopen Wednesday following $23M renovation - masslive.com

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to reopen Wednesday following $23M renovation - masslive.com

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will reopen Wednesday following a six-month closure due to renovations and the coronavirus pandemic.  “We’re very excited to reveal our museum renovations to the basketball community and understand these are unprecedented times for public health. Above all, the health and safety of our guests and employees are of the utmost importance,” said John Doleva, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame.

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    13. County’s Attractions Begin to Open in a Different Kind of Summer Season

      County’s Attractions Begin to Open in a Different Kind of Summer Season

      Magic Wings is a year-round operation, Kathy Fiore said — even when its doors are shut. “This is different from a clothing store,” said Fiore, who co-owns the butterfly conservatory in Deerfield with her brother. “When we closed our doors, we still needed to have staff here, because we have to take care of whatever is happening. Butterflies are laying eggs every day. Caterpillars are hatching out every day. We need to feed and care for the lizards, tortoises, birds, fish … all sorts of animals have to be taken care of.” And that means expenses that don’t disappear when no ...

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    14. Big E Cancels 2020 Fair

      Big E Cancels 2020 Fair

      For the safety of fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers, and the broader community, the leadership of the Eastern States Exposition have canceled the 2020 Big E. “Please know that this decision was not made lightly,” a statement noted. “The Big E fair is so much more than just a fair; it is tradition, it is celebration, it is the showcase of everything we are so proud of in New England. This is why our hearts are heavy as we bring you this news.” The fair has been put on hold before, during both World War I and World ...

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    15. Big E ‘highly likely’ to close Arena concert venue this year; Eastern States submits coronavirus action plan to West Springfield, state ahead of Monday meetings

      Big E ‘highly likely’ to close Arena concert venue this year; Eastern States submits coronavirus action plan to West Springfield, state ahead of Monday meetings

      While still planning to host a 2020 fair, The Big E is ‘highly likely’ to close its Arena, a large outdoor theater venue with paid concerts, this year out of coronavirus concerns. And Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition said Thursday he’s already decided to close the dormitories where young people bunk overnight while exhibiting at the fair. The Big E also cancelled the daily 5 p.m. community parade and is also going to have fewer vendors to open space for social distancing, Cassidy said. The Mardi Gras Parade, held later in the evening ...

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    16. Tourism and Hospitality Sector Ramps Up for Uncertain Summer

      Tourism and Hospitality Sector Ramps Up for Uncertain Summer

      As he talked with BusinessWest about his industry and his family’s hotel group, Kishore Parmar kept glancing back and forth between the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Hadley and the parking lot outside. He did so with a look that blended something approaching disbelief — still, after roughly three months of the same view — with resignation. “This lobby is essentially empty, and this is not how it is,” he explained. “If this were a normal day in June, you’d see families, you’d see business people in and out, there would be staff going up and down the ...

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    17. Collectors lined up at Basketball Hall of Fame as commemorative coins went on sale for first time

      Collectors lined up at Basketball Hall of Fame as commemorative coins went on sale for first time

      Coin collectors lined up Thursday outside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame even before the hoop shrine put its commemorative U.S. Mint coins on sale for the first time. “It’s a rare thing,” said Kevin Winn, a member of the Nashua Coin Club who is himself from Tyngsboro. “You only get a few new issues a year. And this is the first day.” Collectors also received Thursday with their purchase a certificate signed on the spot by U.S. Mint director David J. Ryder and one signed by John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Hall ...

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    18. Basketball Hall of Fame Postpones Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony to 2021

      Basketball Hall of Fame Postpones Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony to 2021

      The Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 induction weekend has been moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re definitely canceling,” Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the board of governors of the Hall of Fame, told ESPN. “It’s going to have to be the first quarter of next year. We’ll meet in a couple weeks and look at the options of how and when and where.”

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    19. Survey offers positive news for Western Mass travel and tourism (Editorial)

      Survey offers positive news for Western Mass travel and tourism (Editorial)

      As of April 6, according to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, the business of hosting conventions, meetings trade shows and competitions in the Pioneer Valley has taken a $27-milion and growing hit from coronavirus. In 2018, travel and tourism had a $928 million impact on the Pioneer Valley’s economy, according to a 2019 study by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The industry is responsible for 5,773 jobs.

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    20. Decision on new date of Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 enshrinement, postponed due to coronavirus crisis, expected in June

      Decision on new date of Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 enshrinement, postponed due to coronavirus crisis, expected in June

      Officials with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will decide by mid-June whether to delay this year’s enshrinement events to the fall or postpone them to early next year. In a statement Thursday, Hall of Fame president and CEO John Doleva said the new date will be announced following a June 15 board meeting. This year’s events were originally planned for late August. The late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, is among the Class of 2020, along with former Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett.

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    21. Future for Boston Convention and Exhibition Center uncertain as Massachusetts tourism drops amid coronavirus outbreak

      Future for Boston Convention and Exhibition Center uncertain as Massachusetts tourism drops amid coronavirus outbreak

      With a 1,000-bed field hospital for COVID-19 patients occupying its main hall, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is full for now, but numerous analyses suggest that once the hospital closes it will take the BCEC months or longer under a best-case medical scenario to resume its role as a major driver of Boston’s tourism economy. Business travel will return slowly after COVID-19 begins to loosen its grip on the country, analysts said, and the large-group excursions that support the BCEC and the clusters of hotels that serve it will be among the last sectors of the economy ...

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    22. Will the Big E be held in 2020? Fears of coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ events could force cancellation of signature event

      Will the Big E be held in 2020? Fears of coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ events could force cancellation of signature event

      Long before coronavirus became an international health crisis, before workplaces were closed and schools transitioned to virtual learning, planning for this year’s Big E was underway. It takes about 18 months to plan the annual 17-day fair in West Springfield and as of early May, organizational efforts for the 2020 fair are “about 90% complete,” Eastern State Exposition President and CEO Eugene J. Cassidy told MassLive.

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