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    1. AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield

      AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield

      American International College (AIC) and the Springfield Business Improvement District have teamed up to recognize this milestone with a block party. Join us on Friday, March 15 from 5 pm – 7 pm on Market Street in downtown Springfield for a celebration that will include a concert featuring Axis performing favorite classic rock songs along with food, beverages, and fun. The Shops at Marketplace and NOSH will be open.

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    2. At MGM Springfield, Revenues Are Slow, but Optimism Abounds - BusinessWest

      At MGM Springfield, Revenues Are Slow, but Optimism Abounds - BusinessWest

      A half-year after opening its doors, MGM Springfield is well behind its stated goals and expectations for gross gaming revenues, or GGR, and the numbers have been declining each month since the fall. But the winter months are traditionally the slowest in this industry, said Mike Mathis, president and COO of the resort, and the company is still ramping up its operation. Overall, he said, there are a number of positive indicators.

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    3. MGM Springfield takes over management of Symphony Hall under initial 4-month, $110,000 interim contract

      MGM Springfield takes over management of Symphony Hall under initial 4-month, $110,000 interim contract

      MGM Springfield has an interim contract with the city to take over management of Symphony Hall. Under the agreement, the city is proposing to pay an initial fee of $110,000 to MGM to cover costs for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. The City Council must approve the funds while negotiations continue for a permanent long-term contract, said Timothy J. Plante, the city’s chief administrative and financial officer. “The new contract aims to enhance the City of Springfield’s role as the sports and entertainment capital of Massachusetts and to position Symphony Hall to ...

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    4. Tourism and Events Continue to Drive Region’s Hotel Demand

      Tourism and Events Continue to Drive Region’s Hotel Demand

      There’s more than one way to look at a number. That’s especially true when it comes to hotel occupancy rates. Take Greater Springfield’s occupancy rates through the last six months of 2018. At almost 67%, they’re 5% higher than they were over the same period in 2017. That’s good news on its own, but especially positive when considering the capacity added over the past 18 months, from Holiday Inn Express on State Street in Springfield to Fairfield Inn & Suites in Holyoke; from Tru by Hilton in Chicopee to, of course, the hotel at MGM Springfield ...

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    5. New Futures Collegiate Baseball League team set for Westfield

      New Futures Collegiate Baseball League team set for Westfield

      Officials from the Futures Collegiate Baseball League were on hand at the Shortstop Bar & Grill for a VIP kickoff event with the announcement of a new Westfield franchise baseball team on Wednesday. The Westfield team was co-founded and owned by Westfield resident Donald Moorhouse and Christopher Thompson, of Ludlow. The newly formed Westfield Starfires baseball team will open their first home game at Bullens Field on May 31.

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    6. Study Shows Economic Impact of Westover Air Show

      A UMass Amherst economic impact study released today estimates that the two-day Great New England Air Show (GNEAS) held at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee in July 2018 generated $4.3 million in direct and induced local spending. The project was completed by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.  The overall economic significance including respondents’ expenditures both within and outside the region of the air show for 2018 was estimated to be $4.02 million. However, when local attendees were removed, the direct economic expenditures from non-locals was estimated to ...

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    7. Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley, of Westfield, has been named director of operations for the Eastern States Exposition, home to the annual Big E fair. “Bob knows the 175 acres of Eastern States Exposition better than anyone in the history of the company," Gene Cassidy, Eastern States Exposition president and CEO, said. "He is resourceful, conscientious and has a vast knowledge of the infrastructure and operation of our physical plant and its many nuances and challenges.”

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    8. MGM Springfield poised to take over management of Symphony Hall | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield poised to take over management of Symphony Hall | masslive.com

      The city is reportedly negotiating with MGM Springfield to manage the municipally-owned Symphony Hall after considering competing proposals from the casino giant and Spectacle Management Inc., of Lexington.  Timothy J. Plante, the city’s chief administrative and financial officer, confirmed he is negotiating a contract with the preferred management company, but that the review committee is not revealing the firm yet.

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    9. Eastern States Exposition Touts Its Heritage and Continued Impact - BusinessWest

      Eastern States Exposition Touts Its Heritage and Continued Impact - BusinessWest

      When people think of the Eastern States Exposition, they often think immediately of the Big E, the 17-day fair that dominates the tourism landscape at the start of each fall. But Eastern States is much more than that, as reflected by its diverse array of events, both large and small, and the resulting economic impact on the region — not to mention its important mission of keeping its agricultural heritage alive for future generations.

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    10. Seen@ 14th annual Springfield Motorcycle Show at Eastern States Exposition

      Seen@ 14th annual Springfield Motorcycle Show at Eastern States Exposition

      The Springfield Motorcycle Show, organized by the Outdoor Sports Expo Group (OSEG) in Granby, continues on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Eastern State Exposition is located at 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

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    11. ‘Summer of Seuss’ drove Pioneer Valley visitors in ’17, say just-released state numbers

      ‘Summer of Seuss’ drove Pioneer Valley visitors in ’17, say just-released state numbers

      ourists, conventioneers and other visitors to Hampden County spent $608 million in 2017, a 6.5 percent increase from the year before, according to figures recently released by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and publicized by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It was the summer of Seuss,” said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Visitors Bureau.

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    12. Springfield mulls future of closed CityStage, MGM commitment for shows | masslive.com

      Springfield mulls future of closed CityStage, MGM commitment for shows | masslive.com

      With the closing of CityStage nearly a month ago, city officials and the Springfield Parking Authority have not yet announced any plans for the authority-owned site, including potential future uses and capital improvements.  In addition, there is no information yet regarding what impact the closing of CityStage has on MGM Springfield’s contractual commitment to underwrite and present performances at downtown entertainment venues, including CityStage, in 2019 and beyond, officials said.

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    13. Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Eligible Candidates for Class of 2019

       The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the eligible candidates for the class of 2019, including the addition of a new direct-elect category for women veterans. Click here for the full list of eligible nominees. The women veterans direct-elect committee aims to recognize the historical greats of the women’s game who may be overshadowed by those in the contemporary women’s game, such as nominees from the WNBA or the present-day college game.

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    14. MGM Springfield, Spectacle Management tout experience as they compete for Symphony Hall management contract

      MGM Springfield, Spectacle Management tout experience as they compete for Symphony Hall management contract

      The presidents of the two companies competing for a long-term city contract to manage Symphony Hall touted the experience of their companies and praised the opportunity offered at the historic building. MGM Springfield, which opened a $960 million casino in August downtown, and Spectacle Management Inc., of Lexington, which manages various entertainment venues in eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, submitted competing proposals to manage Symphony Hall by Monday’s deadline. The proposals are under review by city officials and being kept confidential during the evaluation.

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    15. Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield lit for 2018 season (photos, video)

      Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield lit for 2018 season (photos, video)

      It wasn't your usual 3 ... 2 ... 1 countdown. It was a jolly "Ho! Ho! Ho! "that kicked off the 24th edition of Bright Nights at Forest Park as Santa asked the crowd to yell "Ho! ... Ho! ... Ho!" as he lit the 3-mile-long display. There is an addition to the light show this year -- a display sponsored by the Springfield Thunderbirds American Hockey League team that features two players passing the puck and the team's logo. The display is lit with 3,708 LED bulbs.

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    16. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield Partners with MGM Springfield

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield is partnering with MGM Springfield during the holiday season on a number of programs and events. Starting Nov 1, MGM began the “Choose Your Ride” promotion offering one lucky patron a chance to win a new Mercedes-Benz. The drawing will be held Dec. 1 at the casino. Three Mercedes-Benz have been on display in the plaza since Nov 1. Also, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield is proud to have the naming rights for another Springfield first from Nov. 23 to March 3. The plaza will transform into The Ice Rink at MGM Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Springfield where guests ...

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    17. GSCVB Elects Three New Members to Board

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced the addition of three new business leaders to its full Board of Directors. The three were formally voted onto the board during the organization’s recent annual meeting, staged at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, and will serve two-year terms, expiring in September 2020.

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    18. Springfield extends search for new management at Symphony Hall, while leaving CityStage...

      Springfield extends search for new management at Symphony Hall, while leaving CityStage...

      The city is asking the management company at Symphony Hall to continue services on a month-to-month basis after its contract expires Dec. 31, as a search continues for a new company. Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. is being asked to stay on temporarily and there will be no gap in Symphony Hall operations, said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer. "They always indicated they would stay until a replacement was found," Kennedy said. "There will be no gap."

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    19. MGM Springfield reports over $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield reports over $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield reported making more than $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October, down $4.7 million from the previous month which came on the heels of the Aug. 24 grand opening.  According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM reported $22,242,742.41 in gross gaming revenues for October, which includes over $14 million from slot machines and more than $7 million from table games.

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    20. New Springfield Regional Visitor Center opens at downtown 'crossroads'

      New Springfield Regional Visitor Center opens at downtown 'crossroads'

      Even in this day of smartphones and digital marketing, visitors to the city are still looking for an old-fashioned printed pamphlet and, probably more importantly, a friendly face, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District. "It's that human connection," he said. "People are still looking for that personal touch." It's the reason why the BID and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau on Thursday opened a new Springfield Regional Visitor Center at 1319 Main St.,  just across Bruce Landon Way from the MassMutual Center and across Main Street from the MassLive Building and Springfield ...

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    21. Springfield Visitor Center to reopen in heart of downtown

      Springfield Visitor Center to reopen in heart of downtown

      SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Visitor Center will be at a new location starting Oct. 25. The Springfield Business Improvement District worked together with the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau to make the new center a reality. Officials from both organizations said Friday that the new location would be pivotal in helping visitors take advantage of all the city and region have to offer.  "The new Springfield Regional Visitor Center is in a great location to reach out to visitors, disseminate information about area attractions and businesses, and offer assistance," said Chris Russell, the Executive Director of the SBID, in a statement.

       

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    22. What's next for CityStage? Springfield Parking Authority seeks outside advice on downtown...

      What's next for CityStage? Springfield Parking Authority seeks outside advice on downtown...

      As CityStage's management company prepares to leave at the end of the year, the Springfield Parking Authority is seeking professional advice about future options for the downtown theater. The parking authority, which owns the Columbus Center parking garage complex that houses CityStage, issued a formal advertisement on Tuesday asking for professional guidance to help determine the future options for the public live entertainment facility.

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