William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 - 10:00am
William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 - 10:00am
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 ...
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."
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.
Weeks after putting out a fall events calendar that didn't stretch past the end of its current contract, Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. said Monday that it'll no longer manage CityStage and Symphony Hall. Contracts to operate both venues expire Dec. 31. The city contracts for management of Symphony Hall, and the Springfield Parking Authority contracts for management of CityStage, which is built into the Columbus Center complex on Bridge Street.
On the heels of a successful grand opening celebration and sold out Stevie Wonder concert, MGM Springfield announced Friday that it will bring legendary songstress Cher to the MassMutual Center in 2019. 'We are excited to welcome Cher to the Springfield neighborhood as she brings her unforgettable flair and talent to Massachusetts,' said Talia Spera, executive director of entertainment for MGM Springfield. 'MGM Resorts has had a successful partnership with Cher and her team and we look forward to giving Springfield fans the opportunity to see this legendary entertainer.'
Promising a $650 million investment and 2,000 jobs, the developers behind the proposed 450-room Palmer Water Park Resort & Spa are going public with more details about their project, its designers and the next steps they'll need to take. The park would be built at the site once proposed for a Mohegan Sun casino. The 152-acre property is just off Exit 8 on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
As its town manager, Christopher Ketchen is certainly bullish on Lenox. “If you’re moving to the Berkshires, Lenox has clearly got to be on your radar for many reasons,” he told BusinessWest, adding that he’s one of the more recent converts. “I made the move here myself from the Boston area four years ago. I’m originally from Alford, and when I moved back to this area, I chose to live in Lenox.”
An MGM Springfield spokesman said Friday that more than 10,000 people entered the casino campus in the first hours after its grand opening, but a full day total was not available. By late afternoon, there was a "steady stream of people coming and going," said Saverio Mancini, a spokesman for MGM Springfield. "It was a tremendous success the amount of people we had on opening day," Mancini said. "Our marketing campaign, our communications -- it worked."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...