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    1. Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 15 2014)

      Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

      The sale of the Springfield Armor and the franchise's move to Grand Rapids, Mich., was made official on Tuesday by the NBA Development League. The move was first reported on March 26 by David Mayo, the Detroit Pistons beat writer for MLive.com, an Advance Digital sister site of MassLive.com, which subsequently reported the Armor's departure from Springfield. The D-League on Tuesday announced that SSJ Group, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Armor and relocated it to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season. The team will be affiliated with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 31 2014)

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has entered into a marketing partnership agreement with MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield is believed to be on the cusp of getting the region's only casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has meetings scheduled in Springfield Tuesday,. April 1.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    3. Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 28 2014)

      Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will itself travel to Long Island next week to promote the region to operators of bus tours.  Patricapting with the Bureau will be the the Berkshire Visitors Bureau , the Mohawk Trail Association, the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The idea is to promote this region as a great destination for bus tours.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Massachusetts Convention Center says good-bye to Springfield Armor

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      Massachusetts Convention Center says good-bye to Springfield Armor

      “The MCCA was proud to play a role in helping to bring professional basketball back to the Pioneer Valley,'' executive director James E. Rooney said in a statement Wednesday. "It is unfortunate that the Armor was unable to draw enough attendance and build a strong following to support their future in Springfield. We are committed to our investment in Western Massachusetts and will continue to support the efforts of the Western Mass. Sports Commission in their efforts to bring new and diverse sporting events to the area and specifically to the MassMutual Center.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    5. MAAC basketball tournament returns to MassMutual Center in Springfield for last time

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      MAAC basketball tournament returns to MassMutual Center in Springfield for last time

      The city is poised to welcome 15,000 fans and about $2.3 million in economic activity March 6 through 10 when the MAAC conference brings its men's and women's basketball championships back to the MassMutual Center for the third, and final, time.  'It's a great event. My restaurant is full,' said Michael E. Hurwitz, chairman of the Greater Springfield Convention Visitors Bureau and the owner of the Uno Chicago Grill near the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 'It's feet on the street and its heads in the beds.'

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    6. Springfield Central Cultural District launched; will promote arts, culture, tourism

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      Springfield Central Cultural District launched; will promote arts, culture, tourism

      The newly named “Springfield Central Cultural District” was formally launched on Tuesday, with the state designation designed to help promote and expand upon the historic, artistic and cultural assets in the downtown area. The name of the district was revealed during a press conference at One Financial Plaza in the downtown, attended by many advocates for the arts and culture and downtown business leaders.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Springfield, Mass.: Oh, the Places You Don't Know | Malerie Yolen-Cohen

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      Springfield, Mass.: Oh, the Places You Don't Know | Malerie Yolen-Cohen

      But for travelers who believe Springfield to be a one-stop wonder, think again.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Visit from County Donegal

      Explore From the EDC (Nov 13 2013)

      Visit from County Donegal

      With the Troubles behind them, Donegal is now cooperating
      with Derry and its businesses are looking to Northern Ireland, Europe and even
      the US for growth opportunities. Yesterday we made the case why western Mass
      should be considered for that growth.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Michael Graney

    9. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau asking for Howdy award nominations

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 10 2013)

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau asking for Howdy award nominations

      Holiday time is Howdy time for the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.The bureau, which has sponsored the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence since 1996, won't hand out Howdys again until the spring. But Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are prime time for Howdy nominations, with consumers going out shopping and out to holiday parties held at area restaurants and banqueting houses.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    10. Hartford-Atlanta flight starts Sunday

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Nov 1 2013)

      Hartford-Atlanta flight starts Sunday

      The Atlanta nonstop is one the many new flights announced at Bradley since the Connecticut Airport Authority was formed in 2011, with the goal of increasing the route structure at New England's second largest airport.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Southwest Airlines

    11. Marriott Residence Inn opens in Chicopee

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 30 2013)

      Marriott Residence Inn opens in Chicopee

      There's a new place for visitors to stay in Chicopee. A Marriott Residence Inn opened its doors earlier this month, but Thursday was the grand opening.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    12. Zombies coming to downtown Springfield for zombie games and more | masslive

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      Zombies coming to downtown Springfield for zombie games and more | masslive

      Games zombies play include 'limb toss' for distance and accuracy, and a version of the beanbag game tossing brains in the zombies' mouth, said Michele Goldberg, director of marketing for the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.  'I don't know if you have ever done a news conference with a zombie,' said Springfield Business Improvement District Executive Director Donald A. Courtemanche as a zombie hungrily eyed his cranium. 'It's a little disconcerting.'

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England   Springfield   Holyoke

    13. University of Connecticut women's basketball team to play in Springfield

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      University of Connecticut women's basketball team to play in Springfield

      The reigning national women’s basketball Division I champions are coming to Springfield.  Not to mention with their Hall of Fame coach.  Geno Auriemma’s University of Connecticut Huskies will take part in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge in December at the MassMutual Center. This is a new in-season exempt tournament hosted by the Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    14. Great New England Wings and Wheels coming to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee

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      Great New England Wings and Wheels coming to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee

      You’re bound to get a lift – in spirits at least if you attend the first Great New England Wings and Wheels event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, at the Westover Metropolitan Airport. “There’s a certain excitement about being in a crowd,” said Bud Shuback, president of the Galaxy Community Council, which is producing the Great New England Wings and Wheels event. He’s expecting more than 10,000 people a day to attend. “Word is out” and excitement is generating, said Bill Sheehan, public affairs director for the non-profit Galaxy Community Council. He said there is ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    15. 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction: Enshrinement set for Sunday, September 8

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      2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction: Enshrinement set for Sunday, September 8

      Saturday will be a busy day for the Class of 2013, beginning at noon with the Induction Auction, followed by an autograph session from 1 to 2. The press conference, where the Hall of Famers receive their jackets, will be held from 2 to 3, followed by an awards dinner from 6 to 9. Sunday becomes the biggest day for the 12 inductees. At 11 a.m., they’ll start with a VIP Champagne Reception at the MassMutual Center before the Enshrinement Ceremony at 2 p.m. at Springfield's Symphony Hall, the fifth year the red carpet will be ...

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    16. Wings & Wheels Show Slated for Aug. 24-25

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 13 2013)

      Wings & Wheels Show Slated for Aug. 24-25

      Bud Shuback calls it a “bridge event.” By using that term, he’s expressing the hope — and the confidence — that the first edition of the Great New England Wings & Wheels event, slated for August 24 and 25 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, will be a bridge between the massive air shows staged over the past several decades at Westover Air Reserve Base and Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, and the ones to come in the future.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Barnes Municipal Airport

    17. Stearns Square Thursday concerts to heat up downtown Springfield

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      Stearns Square Thursday concerts to heat up downtown Springfield

      "I can't say enough about the work that (executive director) Don Courtemanche, his crew and the SBID do in putting on these shows," Newland said. "On Thursday nights in the summertime, the CityBlock concerts show Springfield for what it truly is. A city of great character, with great restaurants and nightclubs that can be a whole lot of fun."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District   Don Courtemanche

    18. 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Sylvia Hatchell tells hall of fame crowd to follow their passion

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      2013 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Sylvia Hatchell tells hall of fame crowd to follow their passion

      It was her first time at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. And she almost missed it. Sylvia Hatchell, the University of North Carolina women’s coach, spoke to a crowd of more than 40 people Tuesday as part of the 60 Days of Summer program. A delayed flight caused Hatchell to walk through the door just minutes before her scheduled speaking time, something she hopes doesn’t happen again in a few months. A member of the Class of 2013, Hatchell will be enshrined Sept. 8.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    19. LiveWire: Stearns Square ready to rock this summer

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      LiveWire: Stearns Square ready to rock this summer

      The Stearns Square Summer Concert series kicks off on July 11 with Connecticut’s Jeff Pitchell and his band Texas Flood.  The series takes place every Thursday with live music beginning at 7 p.m. and headliners are taking the stage at 8 p.m. The concerts are held on the green in Springfield’s downtown entertainment district between Worthington Street and Bridge Street.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Howdy Awards recognize excellence

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 25 2013)

      Howdy Awards recognize excellence

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitor’s Bureau honored nine hospitality workers Wednesday at it’s 18th annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, attracted more than 360 people, the largest crowd ever, said Gregory B. Chiecko, sales director for the Eastern States Exposition and chairman of the Howdy Committee.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    21. 1965 Springfield College men's basketball team to be inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame

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      1965 Springfield College men's basketball team to be inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame

      Western Mass. people are part of several categories that make up the large Class of 2013. Dave Hixon, a 36-year coach and former player at Amherst College, will be inducted in a special “icons of the game” category. He’s already enshrined as a coach, along with his father, Andover High School coaching legend Will Hixon.  The “special honorees” category will salute Roland “Fan” Gaudette, whose long coaching resume includes tours at the University of Massachusetts as an assistant coach, and several Pioneer Valley high schools as a head coach of both boys and girls basketball.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Springfield College

    22. Basketball Hall of Fame summer series lineup has something for everyone

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      Basketball Hall of Fame summer series lineup has something for everyone

      “It’s literally 60 straight days of family-oriented programming and it’s not just basketball,” Hall of Fame director of museum sales and operations Jason Fiddler said. “There are people who want family programming who are not diehard basketball fans, and we try to cater to that as well. All of our programming is family friendly. “It’s not every day you can go to one facility and see a Hall of Famer, a current player, a magician and a mascot. We have a little bit of everything, and that’s what makes this program so special.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    23. Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council launches new website to make visiting easier

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      Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council launches new website to make visiting easier

      The Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council launched its VisitHampshireCounty.com web page last month.  Tony A. Maroulis, co-director of the council and executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, called it “a great virtual front door to visitors all over the world.”

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Michael A. Tautznik

    24. Elevating Their Game | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 4 2013)

      Elevating Their Game | BusinessWest

      Mary Kay Wydra, exective director of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, agreed. She told BusinessWest that the bureau, which was in what she called “survival mode” during and just after the Great Recession, when visitorship was down and the state was cutting back its contributions to such organizations, is now being much more aggressive in pursuit of conventions, meetings, and events — and sports can and should be a big part of that equation.

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