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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. ‘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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. Big E sets new record with 1.54M visitors

      Big E sets new record with 1.54M visitors

      The Big E set a new attendance record with the 2018 edition of the Eastern States Exposition drawing 1,543,470 visitors during its 17-day run. It was an increase of 17,917 over the previous record of 1,525,553 guests set in 2017. A combination of a "tremendous lineup of terrific talent," unique foods that people want to try, a four-day draft horse show that included a six-horse hitch competition and many, many other attractions helped draw more than 1.5 million people to the fair this year, according to Eugene Cassidy, president of the Exposition.

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    19. MGM Springfield reveals grand opening date for luxury Regal Cinemas at casino

      MGM Springfield reveals grand opening date for luxury Regal Cinemas at casino

      "Date night just got an upgrade." That is the slogan behind the upcoming grand opening of the luxury Regal Cinemas theater inside the $960 million MGM Springfield resort casino. And on Sept. 23 though Sept. 25, the public will get its first chance to see if the experience lives up to their expectations as the first screenings begin. During the three preview days, Regal Cinemas at MGM will feature $3 movies, popcorn and soft drinks to benefit Square One and Head Start, both based in Springfield.

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    20. Grand opening weekend at The Big E draws more than 270K people to West Springfield

      Grand opening weekend at The Big E draws more than 270K people to West Springfield

      Nearly 300,000 passed through the gates of the Eastern States Exposition this weekend as The Big E officially kicked off its 17-day run. According to Big E officials, New England's fair drew 87,092 guests on Friday, 118,627 on Saturday and another 68,577 on Sunday. The Friday and Saturday numbers represent new record attendance numbers.  In total, 274,296 people attended the fair over the first three days of the season.

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    21. Water Park Plans Bring Palmer Property Back into Focus

      Water Park Plans Bring Palmer Property Back into Focus

      More than five years after Palmer residents rejected a casino proposal for a huge tract of land just off Turnpike exit 8, the property is back in the news, this time as the planned site of a $650 million water park, resort spa, and sports complex. It’s the most basic tenet in commercial real estate. Location, location, location. Since the Massachusetts Turnpike opened in 1957, the large tract of land sitting atop the hill overlooking the exit 8 ramp in Palmer has always possessed that coveted quality. But over the ensuing 60-plus years, little has been done to capitalize ...

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    22. Following 'successful' grand opening, MGM Springfield lands permanent operations certificate from state

      Following 'successful' grand opening, MGM Springfield lands permanent operations certificate from state

      Commission members and executive staff praised the opening days of the casino including traffic control and MGM working to meet all license requirements.  "It appears we had a successful opening, which might have looked easy but was anything but," said Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., the commission's executive director. "It was the result of a lot of hard work by our incredible team here at the MGC, and some great municipal partners and state partners in coordination with MGM."

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    23. MGM Springfield to open Roar! Comedy Club at former state Armory

      MGM Springfield to open Roar! Comedy Club at former state Armory

      MGM Springfield is partnering with Boston producer John Tobin Presents, to transform the former state Armory into the Roar! Comedy Club. Located at the heart of MGM Springfield, Roar! Comedy Club will feature an eclectic mix of nationally-known comedy stars and rising comics. The club will celebrate its grand opening Jan. 3-5. ROAR! will have weekend shows starting every Thursday in January. Acts booked for the coming months include Chris Distefano, Robert Kelly, Phil Hanley, Dan Soder, Rachel Feinstein and Alonzo Bodden.

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