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    1. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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    2. Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

      Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

      The Basketball Hall of Fame has always made it a point of pride to celebrate individuals in different areas of the game – to be more than an NBA hall of fame – but this year’s class brings together a especially diverse group geographically as well. NBA icons Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning starred on opposite coasts in their professional careers, as Richmond made a name for himself in the Bay Area and Sacramento while Mourning dominated the paint in Charlotte and Miami.

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    3. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is “incredibly disappointed” by a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that requires a statewide referendum vote on casinos. “The anti-gaming repeal effort has questioned the importance of Springfield's voice, and the integrity of the legislative process,” said Mary Kay Wydra, the bureau’s president in a prepared release. “We compete with our neighboring states for tourism dollars, and having MGM Springfield in our market provides us with a competitive advantage in the race for those dollars to boost the Massachusetts economy.”

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    4. Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      The Northeast Shrine Association was established in 1936 and is composed of 15 centers throughout New England and eastern Canada, including the Melha Shrine in Springfield, according to the release. The convention encompasses a multitude of events including a parade, dinners and brunch, banquet, and a field day at Six Flags New England in Agawam on Aug. 23.

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    5. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

      The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, attracted more than 300 tourism industry professionals.  The awards are meant to honor front-line service workers who often do not get the recognition they deserve. The bureau also awarded a Spotlight Award to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The spotlight award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication and outstanding contribution to the region's hospitality industry.

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    6. Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

      Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will honor Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno with its 19th Annual Howdy Spotlight Award.  The Spotlight Award is given during the Howdy Awards. The visitors bureau gives out Howdys every year to recognize front-line hospitality workers. The winners are selected from among local nominees by a panel of hospitality industry judges from outside our area to ensure impartiality.

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    7. Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      he Big E is hosting a news conference today to reveal the results of an economic impact study conducted by Regional Economic Models Inc. of Amherst.  This study is an update of one completed in 2008 which showed that the annual 17-day fair generates 2,800 full-time jobs and $85 million in personal income for Hampden County's economy.  In 2008, economists found that the Big E resulted in $225 million a year in economic activity just from visitors who came from outside Hampden County. The average visitor spent $128 both on the grounds and off, not counting admissions, according ...

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    8. Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Many familiar faces and sounds will be returning to downtown Springfield next month with the return of the annual Stearns Square summer concert series at Worthington and Bridge streets. The Thursday concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Returning acts include John Eddie, The Smithereens, Roomful of Blues, and FAT. Unlike last summer, there will be no opening acts.

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    9. Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      The walls are up for for the 87-room, $4.4 million Hampton Inn and Suites now under construction at 851 East Columbus Ave. in the city's South End.  Developer Dinesh Patel has said the new hotel will be perfectly positioned to attract travelers headed north on Interstate 91. It is expected to be ready in July or August. He expects about 24 employees on staff once it opens.

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    10. Going All In | BusinessWest

      Going All In | BusinessWest

      Mary Kay Wydra says she understands how some tourism-based businesses might not like the idea of a major casino company setting up shop in downtown Springfield.  “We have 260 members, and not all of them are for it,” said Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB). “Big brands like Six Flags and Yankee Candle are very much for it, but among the smaller businesses, many of them remain concerned about what a casino will do to business.”

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

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

      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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    13. Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

      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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