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    1. Cities, agencies apply for funds to ‘mitigate’ impact of MGM Springfield casino - masslive.com

      Cities, agencies apply for funds to ‘mitigate’ impact of MGM Springfield casino - masslive.com

      The city and various agencies are applying for 2020 casino mitigation funds for expenses ranging from a proposed downtown parking study to continued rent assistance for the sheriff’s substance abuse center.  Other applicants include the Springfield Police Department, which is seeking funds for special equipment such as riot shields and active shooter kits, and the Fire Department, which wants a two-firefighter tactical unit available for non-emergency calls to MGM Springfield.

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    2. Hooplandia Has the Makings of a Legacy Event

      Hooplandia Has the Makings of a Legacy Event

      One observer referred to Hoopfest, the giant 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., as a ‘phenomenon,’ and the adjective fits. The event consumes 40 blocks in the downtown and literally takes over the city each June. Inspired, a group of organizers are looking to do something similar — although Springfield won’t be taken over — in just four months. The event is called Hooplandia, and it’s already being hailed as a slam dunk for the region.

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    3. Greater Springfield Becoming a More Attractive Convention Site

      Greater Springfield Becoming a More Attractive Convention Site

      Conventions are good business for a city like Springfield. But they don’t exist in a vacuum. “We’ll ask if they have time for things outside their program,” said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB). “Are they bringing spouses? Will they have time, either pre-event or post-event, to go to Yankee Candle, or Six Flags, or the Seuss museum?” “That’s part of their convention experience as well,” added Alicia Szenda, the GSVCB’s director of Sales. “They might be at the MassMutual Center for three or four days, but they might do ...

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    4. Hospitality is Massachusetts’ 3rd largest industry: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Mary Kay Wydra

      Hospitality is Massachusetts’ 3rd largest industry: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Mary Kay Wydra

      As I considered the topic of “Jobs and Education in the 21st Century” and its relevance to tourism, my thoughts quickly turned to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Today, this group is a veritable who’s who of business leaders in Western Massachusetts, yet, interestingly, many of them began their careers in entry-level jobs in the hospitality industry.

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    5. Renovations signal new era at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

      Renovations signal new era at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

      The current Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame site is its third location in the physical sense. In real terms, it’s the fourth, a virtually brand-new version of an existing structure. “We will wrap up all our new construction in 2020,” says President and CEO John L. Doleva with pride and satisfaction. “The outside of the dome was finished (in 2019). Individual lights will be installed in March, after the weather breaks. When it’s done, 40% of the inside will have been redone from the 2002 version.”

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    6. Red Sox Winter Weekend, Hoophall Classic drew 10,000 visitors and $7M in spending, visitors bureau says

      Red Sox Winter Weekend, Hoophall Classic drew 10,000 visitors and $7M in spending, visitors bureau says

      Basketball great LeBron James wasn’t the only person visiting Springfield over the past seven days. The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau on Friday said that the Hoophall Classic —where James turned up to see his son, Bronny James, play on the Sierra Canyon High School team — and the Red Sox Winter Weekend drew more than 10,000 visitors to greater Springfield.

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    7. Youth basketball players from Springfield and Holyoke hoop it up during Winter All-Star Festivities (photos) - masslive.com

      Youth basketball players from Springfield and Holyoke hoop it up during Winter All-Star Festivities (photos) - masslive.com

      Youth basketball players from Holyoke and Springfield showed off their talents Wednesday evening as part of the Winter All-Star Festivities at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The event was hosted by the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, C3 Forest Park and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also took part.

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    8. ‘Ice Invasion’ Happening in Downtown Springfield

      ‘Ice Invasion’ Happening in Downtown Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is again bringing more than a dozen ice sculptures to downtown Springfield for the 3rdAnnual Ice Invasion beginning today. This ice invasion coincides with the Winter Weekend being staged by the Boston Red Sox, making an exciting time for the city and its downtown. From the MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield up to the Springfield Museums and down to Union Station, visitors will be able to find an ice sculpture at almost every street corner. This year’s ‘invasion’ will feature a diverse lineup of sculptures, including Wally the Green Monster, baseball players ...

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    9. MGM Springfield to welcome Boston Red Sox at 'Winter Weekend’ - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield to welcome Boston Red Sox at 'Winter Weekend’ - masslive.com

      Before the Boston Red Sox head down to sunny Fort Myers, Florida, for spring training, the team will spend a “Winter Weekend” with fans at MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield anticipates more than 10,000 visitors descending on downtown Springfield for the event and portions of Main and State streets near the casino will be closed to traffic.

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    10. Howdy Awards Program Calls for Nominations

      Howdy Awards Program Calls for Nominations

      Through March 1, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is providing an opportunity to thank individuals who provide great service by nominating them for a Howdy Award for Hospitality Excellence. To nominate someone, visit explorewesternmass.com and click on the Howdy logo. For 25 years, the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence program has recognized outstanding restaurant servers, attraction attendants, bartenders, hotel personnel, retail clerks, and others across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. Official categories include accommodations, attractions, banquets and meetings, beverage, food casual, food tableside, public service, retail, transportation, and people’s choice (a category voted on by ...

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    11. Bright Nights’ 25th season in final days - masslive.com

      Bright Nights’ 25th season in final days - masslive.com

      After completing a VIP drive through Bright Nights at Forest Park just after ending its run for the season when it first opened, Dennis Bell, director of sales for Carpenter Decorating in North Carolina, gave a special compliment to Bright Nights and the displays the company created for the nationally-recognized holiday light show.  “Bright Nights on its last night looks better than some holiday light displays look on their first nights,” Bell told Judith A. Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield.

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    12. Springfield Thunderbirds Partner with White Lion Brewing to Promote ‘Blast from the Past’ Night @ MassMutual Center January 11

      Springfield Thunderbirds Partner with White Lion Brewing to Promote ‘Blast from the Past’ Night @ MassMutual Center January 11

      On Thursday, the Springfield Thunderbirds and White Lion Brewing Company announced that the two will partner to produce a special, limited edition can design for White Lion Thunder Boom™, available in select locations - including the MassMutual Center - beginning Friday, Dec. 13 and through the Thunderbirds’ “Blast from the Past” Night on Sat., Jan. 11, while supplies last.

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    13. As It Marks 25 Years, Bright Nights Displays Power of Collaboration

      As It Marks 25 Years, Bright Nights Displays Power of Collaboration

      Judy Matt had been tracking the results daily, almost hourly, and then … she couldn’t any longer. So, she’ll have to wait, like everyone else, to see how Bright Nights at Forest Park fares in this year’s USA Today competition to determine the top 10 holiday lighting shows in the country. When she was last able to check the tabulations before the magazine stopped running a count — presumably to build suspense for the Dec. 13 announcement regarding this and some other contests — Matt noted that Bright Nights was running fourth, behind such vaunted displays as the Legendary Lights ...

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    14. Yankee Candle opens $6.5M R&D lab in Deerfield, consolidates manufacturing in Franklin County

      Yankee Candle opens $6.5M R&D lab in Deerfield, consolidates manufacturing in Franklin County

      There was a warm, flickering glow Friday when lab technicians dimmed the lights in a burn room at the new Yankee Candle research and development laboratory. After all, there were about 1,000 candles burning, all lined up on stainless-steel lab benches under the latest in climate-control and fire-suppression technology.

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    15. Survey: Western Massachusetts tourism up thanks marketing, Dr. Seuss museum, MGM

      Survey: Western Massachusetts tourism up thanks marketing, Dr. Seuss museum, MGM

      Visitors to Springfield and the rest of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties are more likely to be millennials, wealthier and spending more than they did three years ago, before MGM Springfield and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened.The latest Western Mass Visitor Profile survey results, released Wednesday by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, showed the share of visitors to the region ages 18-24 climbed from 10% in 2013 to 19% in 2019. Visitors ages 25-34 years old increased from 25% in 2013 to 28% in 2019.

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    16. Hooplandia tournament will inject $12M into Springfield-area economy, visitors bureau says

      Hooplandia tournament will inject $12M into Springfield-area economy, visitors bureau says

      Hooplandia, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to The Big E and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in June, could mean $12 million in local spending. To put that number in perspective, the 2019 American Hockey League All-Star Classic Game at the MassMutual Center in January pumped $2.8 million through the local economy, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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    17. Seen@ Dream Destinations Fall & Winter Travel Show

      Seen@ Dream Destinations Fall & Winter Travel Show

      The Dream Destinations Fall & Winter Travel Show took place at MGM Springfield on Sunday. Co-sponsored by AAA Travel and The Republican, the show was a one-stop-shop for the thousands of Massachusetts and Connecticut residents looking at all the unique places to visit throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and beyond during the spring and summer months.

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    18. Following $1.1 Million Restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group to Open Thaddeus Clapp House

      Following $1.1 Million Restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group to Open Thaddeus Clapp House

      Following a $1.1 million restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) will celebrate the opening of the Thaddeus Clapp House at 74 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. This celebration follows a record-breaking summer theater season, with ticket sales up 25% and an additional 5,000 patrons recorded over the 2018 season. In 2013, BTG bought the Thaddeus Clapp House to serve as actor housing, and now, BTG celebrates the realization of that goal and more. Major funding for the restoration of the Thaddeus Clapp House has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities ...

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    19. With ‘Autumn in the Valley’ flower show, former Forest Park zoo building debuts as event space; park master plan includes greenhouse, horticultural center and carousel - masslive.com

      With ‘Autumn in the Valley’ flower show, former Forest Park zoo building debuts as event space; park master plan includes greenhouse, horticultural center and carousel - masslive.com

      A blossoming partnership between the Springfield Garden Club and Forest Park took root Friday as the club opened a two-day horticulture specialty flower show in the “Old Monkey House” building near the Trafton Road entrance to the park.

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    20. Springfield Thunderbirds Aim Higher in Team’s Fourth Season

      Springfield Thunderbirds Aim Higher in Team’s Fourth Season

      When the Springfield Thunderbirds hit the ice for the first time three years ago, its management team heard plenty of skepticism about whether hockey could truly thrive and grow beyond a certain ceiling in the city. While there’s still plenty of room for growth in ticket sales, attendance surged last season to a two-decade high, with Saturday nights in particular routinely selling out. In short, there’s a lot of optimism inside the Thunderbirds offices — and a refusal to get complacent.

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