Apr 25 2022




New contract awards seven-year deal, plus option to extend for three additional years


SPRINGFIELD, MA (April 25, 2022) – MGM Springfield and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority are excited to announce that MGM Springfield has been awarded the Venue Management Contract for the continued management of the MassMutual Center.  Beginning July 1, 2022, the new contract awards a seven (7) year term, plus the option to extend for an additional three (3) years.  


The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority held its monthly board meeting on April 21, 2022 and part of the agenda was the selection of management for the MassMutual Center for the next 10 years. By a unanimous YES vote, the board selected MGM Springfield as their management partner. 


MGM Springfield initially assumed management for the MassMutual Center on July 1, 2017, and since that time, the MassMutual Center has hosted over 730 events that have attracted over one million people to the Greater Springfield area (despite the impacts of COVID-19). MGM Springfield has been able to greatly expand the quantity and quality of world-class entertainment and events, as well as the number of major meetings and conventions including:


AHL All-Star Classic, Slayer, Aerosmith, Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement, Cher, Stevie Wonder, Red Sox Winter Weekend, for King & Country, Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, World Quilt New England, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, New England Fence Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association Annual Meetings, Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership Lean Conference, New England Library Association, Yankee Security Convention, New England Regional Volleyball Association, and many more.


The MassMutual Center is also home to the Springfield Thunderbirds and the American International College’s Men’s Hockey team, the Yellow Jackets.


“We are thrilled with this decision,” stated Sean Dolan, General Manager of the MassMutual Center. “Our staff is the best in the business, and this gives us an opportunity to expand on our operational excellence, guest services, community involvement, diversity initiatives, public safety features, and our investment and partnership with the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.”


“We’re incredibly proud to continue our relationship with the MassMutual Center and MCCA,” said Chris Kelley, MGM Springfield President & COO. “The venue is an integral part of our region, having served as Springfield’s premier event space for nearly two decades. We look forward to bringing more world-class experiences for years to come.”


"The MCCA and our board of directors have been impressed with MGM Springfield’s commitment to leveraging their experience and expertise to create a customer experience at the MassMutual Center that is the envy of its peer venues across the country,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. “MGM’s long-term commitment to the success of the MassMutual Canter and the City of Springfield will continue to be a key driver for continued success over the next decade.”


Formerly known as the Springfield Civic Center, the MassMutual Center is a multi-purpose arena and convention center complex in downtown Springfield.  The arena has been a staple in the local community since 1972, with the convention center opening in 2005.  The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority took over the ownership of the venue in 1997 from the City of Springfield.  MGM Springfield has been operating the venue on behalf of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority since 2017 in advance of the casino opening the next year.  


For more information on the MGM Springfield and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, please visit MGMSpringfield.MGMResorts.com and www.MassConvention.com.