Bayside Expo Center

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Bayside Expo Center
Address Dorchester, MA
Coordinates 42°19′18.07″N 71°2′48.95″W / 42.3216861°N 71.0469306°W / 42.3216861; -71.0469306
Owner University of Massachusetts Boston
Built 1060's
Opened 1960's
Enclosed space
 • Total space 275,000 square feet
Public transit access JFK/UMass on the MBTA Red Line

The Bayside Expo Center (also known as the Bayside Expo and Conference Center) was a convention center located in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Originally opened as a shopping mall in the 1960s, the mall later failed and the convention center opened in its place. In 2010, it was purchased by the University of Massachusetts Boston after the owner of the building went into foreclosure.[1]

UMass Boston's eventual plan is to demolish the center, and redevelop it into space for the campus.[2] It has been proposed as the site for the Olympic Village as part of the Boston bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The property is located near the JFK/UMass station on the MBTA Red Line, which would be renovated under the Olympics plan.[3]

On 4 March 2015, part of the roof of the building collapsed under the weight of snow[4] during Boston's record-setting winter of 2015.[5]


  1. ^ Forry, Edward (17 February 2010). "BREAKING NEWS- UMass and Bayside Expo agree on sale". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "25-Year Campus Master Plan". University of Massachusetts Boston. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Dezenski, Lauren (14 January 2015). "Vital Olympic transit projects not in state bond bill". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Partial Roof Collapse At Former Bayside Expo Center". WHDH-TV. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Boston Inches Closer To Smowfall Total Record". CBS Local. Retrieved 2 March 2015.