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    1. White Lion to open summer beer garden at former Steiger’s site in downtown Springfield

      White Lion to open summer beer garden at former Steiger’s site in downtown Springfield

      White Lion Brewing Co. announced Tuesday that it will host a summer beer garden, May 22 through Aug 31, in Tower Square Park, the former Steiger’s department store site at 1477 Main St.“We are going to activate that park and bring more good things to downtown Springfield,” said Raymond Berry, president and general manager of White Lion

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    2. MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short

      MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short

      MGM Springfield is pleased to announce comedic icons Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their new comedy special “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” to Symphony Hall Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. The comedy legends Martin and Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their careers, most memorable encounters, and of course, their legendary lives in show business. The duo will be joined on stage by GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! band member Jeff Babko.

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    3. Springfield Restaurant Week: A look at what’s on the menu for $20.19

      It’s that time of year again in Springfield when dozens of restaurants around the city offer a night out for a fraction of menu price. 2019 marks the fifth annual Springfield Restaurant week and features over 40 participating restaurants this year, from April 5 through April 14. Most menu offerings are for $20.19, with reduced prices for lunch and a higher price at steakhouses and a picnic option.

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      Mentions: Springfield Amherst
    4. MGM Springfield Launches ‘MGM LIVE’ Summer Concert Series on The Plaza

      MGM Springfield Launches ‘MGM LIVE’  Summer Concert Series on The Plaza

      MGM Springfield, New England’s premier entertainment destination, is heating up the summer season with MGM LIVE Presented by The Big E. The Plaza will host the exciting concert series featuring a variety of complimentary and ticketed live performances beginning in May. With the beauty of the historic Armory as its backdrop, MGM LIVE’s incredible lineup of talent will bring an eclectic mix of artists and bands to an incredible outdoor stage in downtown Springfield. Guests from across the region will rock to performances from artists like LOCASH, Matt + Kim, Collective Soul & Gin Blossoms, Hanson and Warrant as well ...

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    5. Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show returns this weekend

      Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show returns this weekend

      The Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show promises 350 vendors specializing in all aspects of the home and garden improvement and maintenance with more than 600 booths at the Eastern States Exposition grounds this weekend. The four-day show, which begins Thursday, is put on each year by Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts.

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    6. Home & Garden Show Marks 65 Years of Making Connections - BusinessWest

      Home & Garden Show Marks 65 Years of Making Connections - BusinessWest

      The Western Massachusetts Home & Garden Show may last only four days each March, but Lori Loughlin says vendors reap the benefits all year long.  “The exposure at the show is tremendous,” said Loughlin, manager of Frank Webb Home in Springfield. “It pays for itself within the first week after the show closes. In May, June, July, people are coming in saying, ‘I was at the home show, and I saw this showerhead.’ They come back six months after and want to buy something they saw there. It’s nice.”

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    7. MGM Springfield says Wahlburgers will be ready in late 2019, early 2020

      MGM Springfield says Wahlburgers will be ready in late 2019, early 2020

      Wahlburgers is still coming to MGM Springfield, Michael Mathis, president and chief operating officer of the $960 million casino, said Monday. MGM is negotiating a lease with Wahlburgers — the casual restaurant company founded by actors Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg with their chef brother, Paul Wahlberg — and hopes to begin construction later this year, with an opening at the end of 2019 or in early 2020, Mathis said.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. ‘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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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