Attractions. Affordability. Accessibility.
Let's be honest. Meetings are all about the destination. In Western Mass, your attendees will want to come early and stay late to see all the region has to offer. We're known for innovation and ingenuity, laying claim to the first gas-powered engine and first national armory and serving as the birthplace of basketball, volleyball, and Dr. Seuss.
Now that we've set the tone for a great meeting, let's talk price. With the variety of meeting options - including a state-of-the-art convention center, indoor and outdoor exhibition space, unique venues, hotel and college meeting space, and MGM Springfield - we have the space to meet any budget.
Access couldn't be easier, no matter where your attendees are traveling from. Interstates 90 and 91 - the "Crossroads of New England" - run through the heart of the region. Amtrak rail and Peter Pan Bus Lines also provide ground transportation, and all major carriers fly into Bradley International Airport, only 20 minutes from Springfield.
Convention venues in Western Mass include MassMutual Center, which has a 40,000-square-foot exhibition hall, a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, 24,500 square feet of meeting space, and an 8,000-seat arena; and the Eastern States Exposition, which is more akin to a state fair facility, with 355,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 5,000-seat arena.
Hotel venues in and around Springfield include the 266-room TowerSquare Hotel Springfield (rebranding to Springfield Marriott in 2020), which has 11,000 square feet of meeting space with a 6,050-square-foot Grand Ballroom; and the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel, with 325 recently renovated guest rooms and 38,000 square feet of meeting space. The LaQuinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham is also located in downtown Springfield and has 204 rooms and 6,300 square feet of meeting space. Several limited-service hotels round out the downtown, offerings including Hilton Garden Inn Springfield, Hampton Inn Springfield Downtown, and Holiday Inn Express Downtown Springfield.
MGM Springfield has a 250-room hotel and 34,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The campus also features Tap Sports Bar, a Topgolf Swing Suite, and an outdoor plaza with a permanent, covered stage.
Western Mass has a variety of unique attractions to enhance any conference, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which has a 200-seat auditorium, a boardroom and 80,000 square feet dedicated to function space; Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens, which has 8,000 square feet of tropical butterfly habitat, an atrium for 100 people, and a café for 60; the nation's first armory, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, commissioned by George Washington; and The Springfield Museums, home to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, honoring Springfield native Theodor Geisel, and the Museum of Springfield History, which celebrates the rich history of innovation in the country's first Springfield.
The farm-to-table food and craft beer trend is alive and well in Western Mass, with plenty of local craft breweries throughout the region and scores of local restaurants to choose from across every price point. Max's Tavern has private dining at the Chef's Table and in the Crown Room, and it's next door to the Basketball Hall of Fame. German-influenced Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room's Heidelberg Room seats up to 85 people. Theodore's Booze, Blues & BBQ has live blues music and a barbecue menu. Cal's Wood-Fired Grill & Bar has a private dining room for 60 people, and in nearby Agawam, Federal has a private dining room that accommodates groups of 70.