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    1. MGM Springfield has Connecticut gamblers riding the rails: CTrail and Hartford Line busy

      MGM Springfield has Connecticut gamblers riding the rails: CTrail and Hartford Line busy

      When the 11:47 a.m. Hartford Line train pulled into Springfield's Union Station, most of the 75 or so passengers getting off had one question: "How do I get to the casino?" And even though The Loop downtown bus service wouldn't start for another hour - after the traffic on Main Street cleared - the arriving passengers made bee lines for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority waiting area downstairs or out onto Lyman Street for the walk to MGM Springfield.

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    2. The Loop, free bus service connecting downtown Springfield attractions, debuts with MGM the destination for most riders

      The Loop, free bus service connecting downtown Springfield attractions, debuts with MGM the destination for most riders

      The Loop debuted Friday afternoon, and while the free bus service connects several downtown attractions, its inaugural run was all about the grand opening of the MGM Springfield resort casino. Shirley Grahan, of Northampton, waited for that first run of The Loop at Union Station, about a mile away from MGM Springfield. She and the two dozen other riders only had one destination in mind - the casino.

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    3. Pre-opening VIP party underway as MGM Springfield poised to launch $960 million casino resort

      Pre-opening VIP party underway as MGM Springfield poised to launch $960 million casino resort

      Glitzy slot machines, expectations and the chatter of thousands of suited and gowned guests filled the gaming floor Thursday as the "MGM Springfield VIP preview party" got underway. Local officials like Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the face of the seven-year pitch behind the project, and representatives of international giant MGM attended the celebration before the Friday opening of a $960 million casino resort. The development of 2 million square feet in the South End of the City of Homes is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Friday.

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    4. 'We are just so excited about Springfield': Mark Wahlberg details Wahlburgers planned at MGM

      'We are just so excited about Springfield': Mark Wahlberg details Wahlburgers planned at MGM

      Actor-restaurateur and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg was in Springfield back in June to scope out the then-under construction MGM Springfield site. He returned Thursday to announce that he and his family will open a Wahlburgers restaurant on the MGM campus in late 2019. The man who rose to fame with his Funky Bunch hip-hop group and continues with films like "Ted" and "Lone Survivor" promises we'll be seeing a lot more of him and his famous family.

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    5. It's official: MGM Springfield can open, Massachusetts Gaming Commission says following final inspection

      It's official: MGM Springfield can open, Massachusetts Gaming Commission says following final inspection

      After observing a series of soft-opening test nights at MGM Springfield this week and conducting a last-minute review, Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins gave permission Wednesday for the casino to open. Stebbins, a former Springfield resident and city councilor, was the Gaming Commission's delegated authority in Springfield this week. The document he signed Wednesday afternoon is a temporary certificate of operations. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to issue a permanent certificate at its meeting Sept. 13.

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    6. Union Station, CTrail ready for surge of passengers for MGM Springfield opening

      Union Station, CTrail ready for surge of passengers for MGM Springfield opening

      Amtrak and the folks who run the CTrail branded trains on the Hartford Line are ready to expand service into Springfield for MGM Springfield's opening weekend if they notice a surge in ridership reminiscent of CTrail's own grand opening in June. It's hard to tell ahead of time how many people will take the trains along the New Haven-to-Springfield line, said Rich Andreski, bureau chief for public transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Passengers on the line buy their tickets from vending machines moments before boarding.

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    7. As MGM grand opening nears, remember this week in Springfield (Editorial)

      As MGM grand opening nears, remember this week in Springfield (Editorial)

      The MGM Springfield casino is not the only exciting venture occurring in the city. It's important for residents and city officials to keep that in mind. Nonetheless, the long-awaited opening of the casino and entertainment center marks August 24, 2018 as a day worth remembering for a city that's been dealing with adversity for decades and has finally swung the tide toward victory. This moment was no accident. Springfield was not "destined" for downtown renewal. It took hard work from the public and private sectors alike, and a determination not to let the inevitable chorus of naysayers and ...

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    8. At MGM Springfield hotel, sculpture inspired by tornado and Emily Dickinson will greet...

      At MGM Springfield hotel, sculpture inspired by tornado and Emily Dickinson will greet...

      When visitors to the new MGM Springfield casino soon enter its hotel lobby, they will be greeted by a large, state-of-the-art sculpture that wraps around the interior of the building's entrance. The piece, the work of New York artist Mia Pearlman, is an homage to the perseverance, resilience and triumph of the region in the aftermath of the tornado that tore through the city in 2011. Pearlman named her sculpture "The Flying Tidings Whirled," after a line from an Emily Dickinson poem about a summer storm.

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    9. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement...

      Although MGM Springfield is not set to open its doors to the public until next week, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Wednesday that she can already feel the "momentum" and excitement that  the $960 million casino project has brought to the city.  Polito, who joined local officials in announcing public safety plans ahead of MGM Springfield's opening, praised the city's efforts to promote economic development and grow housing options in connection with the casino project.

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    10. Springfield Symphony Orchestra to Bring Chamber Music to Springfield Armory

      Springfield Symphony Orchestra to Bring Chamber Music to Springfield Armory

      As part of its 75th-anniversary season, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is scheduling a series of free chamber-music concerts throughout the Pioneer Valley. The first, slated for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will debut a percussion trio at the historic Springfield Armory. Guests are invited to arrive early to enjoy canapes and a cash bar before the concert begins promptly at 6:15 p.m.“We are very excited about this special chamber-music event,” said Susan Beaudry, executive director of the SSO. “Bringing more concerts to important community spaces throughout Springfield is just one of ...

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    11. MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information

      MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information

      Opening Day Information

      Kicking off the festivities at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of State and Main Streets, Downtown Springfield will be treated to a lively procession featuring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and other surprise entertainment alongside hundreds of the resort’s employees, construction workers and local dignitaries. Guests are invited to view the procession as it heads down Main Street and ends at the entrance to the property.  Once the procession has arrived at MGM Springfield at approximately 11 a.m., doors will officially open, welcoming guests in to experience the energy and excitement of New England ...

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    12. Opening of MGM Springfield marks new era for Western Mass hospitality (Guest viewpoint)

      Opening of MGM Springfield marks new era for Western Mass hospitality (Guest viewpoint)

      In addition to the massive investment in land and construction employment that has already occurred, MGM Springfield brings 3,000 new hospitality jobs to the region, and will tremendously strengthen the appeal of Western Mass as a visitor destination. We already offer our guests outstanding value, access and one-of-a-kind attractions, and MGM Springfield will expand those offerings and recognition in a dramatic fashion. The curiosity and interest has been building for many years, and we know that large numbers of people will be coming here to experience a new era of entertainment.

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    13. MGM Springfield gets advance approvals to open from Massachusetts Gaming Commission after glowing progress reports

      MGM Springfield gets advance approvals to open from Massachusetts Gaming Commission after glowing progress reports

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, after hearing glowing reports about MGM Springfield's casino project, including the quality of its work and workforce diversity, gave unanimous first-step approvals to the casino in advance of its opening Aug. 24. The commission, meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, voted 5-0 that MGM Springfield is in "material compliance" with all state and commission regulations based on a series of inspections and reports from commission staff and submissions from MGM officials.

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    14. International juggling competition in Springfield is all about numbers (photos, video)

      International juggling competition in Springfield is all about numbers (photos, video)

      Competitors from the International Jugglers' Association took part Friday in the Numbers Championships, one of the many events held during the organization's 71st annual festival this week at the MassMutal Center. The event serves as a challenge to the jugglers as they try to successfully juggle the greatest numbers of balls, clubs and rings in a set amount of time.

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    15. Hundreds of jugglers descend on downtown Springfield for 71st annual festival (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Hundreds of jugglers descend on downtown Springfield for 71st annual festival (photos, video) | masslive.com

      With workshop names like 'Factory Variations with 3 Balls,' and '4-5 Club Multiplex,' you might not know what is being taught this week at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.  But one peek into the center's exhibition hall will answer all your questions as plastic juggling clubs fly from person to person and balls are tossed into the air.  Juggling enthusiasts from all over the world are in Springfield from July 17-22 for the 71st International Jugglers' Association Annual Festival.

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    16. Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      The International Jugglers' Association will converge on the city for the next six days, drawing an estimated 600 jugglers and juggling enthusiasts from around the world. The International Jugglers' Association 71st convention is expected to pump more than $1 million into the region's economy. Local hotels alone have booked 1,100 hotel rooms over the six days of the event, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a press release.

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    17. Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      When Lucas and Liam Goncalves saw an information table for the U.S. Air Force they couldn't wait to meet the people sitting behind it. "Can we go talk to them?" Lucas, 7, asked and already started running as their mother gave them the OK. The two were among some of the most enthusiastic visitors to Sunday's Great New England Air and Space Show, which an estimated 63,400 people to Westover Air Reserve Base over the two days of the event.

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    18. PeoplesBank Sponsors Team Fastrax at Great New England Air & Space Show

      PeoplesBank has joined Big Y as a sponsor of the 2018 Great New England Air & Space Show, specifically by underwriting the appearance of Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving parachute demonstration team. “This was a unique opportunity for us to honor those who served or are serving, as well as area veterans and active military personnel,” said Thomas Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank. “It also is an investment in economic development, as the Air & Space Show brings thousands of people here, and it has an overall $15 million economic impact on the region.”

       

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    19. WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

      WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

      Three pieces of World War II aviation history landed this week at Westover Metropolitan Airport. Commemorative Air Force brought a B-29 Superfortress named "Fifi," a C-45 Expeditor named "Bucket of Bolts" and a T-6 Texan legendary trainer. The tour arrived on Wednesday and offers people a chance to get an up-close view of the planes as well as the ability to tour the giant B-29 cockpit and step back in time and see how the air crews lived and worked as they flew the premiere bomber of the war.

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    20. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off renovated facility (photos, video)

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off renovated facility (photos, video)

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed the public on Wednesday to see the multi-million-dollar renovation of the concourse and theater.  Renovations and additions revealed and highlighted on Wednesday included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby, presented by Mohegan Sun, which features images of iconic players and moments in the game. The public also got to see the modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit, which pays tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrates current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities ...

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    21. Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      A historic B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, one of only two in the world that still fly, will be on display at the Westover Metropolitan Airport next week and will even be open for rides. The Commemorative Air Force will be bringing three historic aircraft to the airport on 255 Padgette St., from June 20-24. The B-29 will be joined by two other planes, a C-45 Expeditor and a T-6 Texan. People will be able to view all three aircraft between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. all five days at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for youth ...

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    22. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation. Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun featuring images of iconic players and moments in the game, the impressive modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit which will pay tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole.

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    23. Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau honored 11 front-line hospitality workers for excellence Monday night at the 23rd annual Howdy Awards. The Howdys are meant to recognize the folks that make a visitor's stay in the Pioneer Valley special. Maybe it's the first person you see, like a desk clerk or a restaurant greeter. Or maybe its someone you never see, possibly because they are wearing a giant blue-and-yellow bird suit. Jim Syner, mascot for the Springfield Thunderbirds, was one of the 11 honorees Monday night, as was the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, previously announced winner ...

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