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MassMutual Center

Coordinates: 42°6′8″N 72°35′13″W / 42.10222°N 72.58694°W / 42.10222; -72.58694
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MassMutual Center
MassMutual Center is located in Massachusetts
MassMutual Center
MassMutual Center
Location within Massachusetts
MassMutual Center is located in the United States
MassMutual Center
MassMutual Center
Location within the United States
Former namesSpringfield Civic Center
Address1277 Main Street
LocationSpringfield, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°6′8″N 72°35′13″W / 42.10222°N 72.58694°W / 42.10222; -72.58694
Public transitSpringfield Union Station:

Hartford Line
OwnerCity of Springfield (1972–1997)
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (1997–present)
OperatorMGM Springfield
CapacityCenter Stage: 8,300
Basketball: 7,300
Ice hockey: 6,800
Broke groundMarch 18, 1970[1]
OpenedSeptember 5, 1972[2]
Construction cost$10.3 million[2]
($75 million in 2023 dollars[3])
$71 million (renovation)
($111 million in 2023 dollars[3])
ArchitectCatalano Architects Inc.[4]
Sasaki Associates[5] (renovation)
Springfield Indians (AHL) (1972–1994)
Hartford Whalers (WHA/NHL) (1978–1980)
Springfield Fame (USBL) (1985–1986)
Springfield Falcons (AHL) (1994–2016)
Springfield Armor (NBA D-League) (2009–2014)
Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) (2016–present)
Springfield Spirit (NWBL) (2002–2004)
American International Yellow Jackets (NCAA) (2016–present)

The MassMutual Center (formerly Springfield Civic Center) is a multi-purpose arena and convention center complex located in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, in the city's Metro Center. The arena opened in 1972 and the convention center opened in 2005. It serves as a venue for meetings, conventions, exhibitions, sporting and entertainment events.

Previously owned and operated by the City of Springfield and various management groups until 1997, the city transferred ownership of the facility to the Massachusetts Legislature. Shortly after, ownership was given to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) who in turn began working on plans to renovate and expand the facility. The two-year project, which began in 2003, included renovations to the 8,000-seat arena and the addition of a convention center. Its unique design allows for 3 to 4 concurrent events or one large event.

MGM Springfield began operating the venue on behalf of the MCCA in July 2017 in advance of its casino/hotel/retail development opening the next year.

In 2005, the venue was renamed when Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company entered into a 15-year naming rights agreement for the arena and convention center. The name change took place on September 29, 2005.

The venue is home to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League and American International Yellow Jackets who compete in NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey.





In the fall of 2003, the renovation project was publicly announced and demolition of the bank sitting next to the building, along with the facility's plaza and exhibit hall began. In the fall of 2005, the $71 million renovation project was completed. The renovation included a new arena floor with new pipelines for the ice rink and new chillers installed. Upgrades to the building’s electrical system as well as the heating and air conditioning system with a new dehumidification system were also installed. Audio and Video upgrades were made with a new four-sided center hung scoreboard with video display and a new sound system. The project also included a new seating arrangement with 6,455 permanent seats and 222 club seats. New amenities to the arena include a bar and lounge, clubroom, an executive suite, new larger restrooms, and 11 newly refurbished concession stands. The main entrance was relocated from Main Street to Bruce Landon Way where a new box office and lobby were added. The arena was still operational during the two-year project which was funded by city and state tax payers and other state funds.[6]

The main entrance for the arena is located on Bruce Landon Way. The arena has 3 levels:

  • Event Level: Box Office, Administrative Offices, Thunderbirds Office and Team Store.
  • Concourse Level: Lower and Upper Bowl Seating, Center Grille Restaurant, Breakaway Bar & Lounge.
  • Upper Level: Broadcast booths, The Executive Perch, Executive Suites

In the summer of 2015 the MCCA approved a multimillion-dollar technology upgrade to the venue. This project consisted of a new 18-by-12-foot (5.5 m × 3.7 m) 4 sided center hung LED video board that replaced the existing scoreboard in the arena as well as the replacement of the arena lighting system to new LED lighting.

Convention Center


With renovations to the existing arena, a new convention center was added. With 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2), it is the largest convention center in Western Massachusetts. It includes two exhibition halls, which total over 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2), three ballrooms that total 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2) with back of house kitchen, five meeting rooms that total some 9,000 sq ft (840 m2), and 21,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) of pre-function space. It connects both the convention center and arena to add an additional 19,000 sq ft (1,800 m2) of floor space. Additionally, the pre-function space overlooks the city skyline, including a viewing area known as the glass alcove which gives panoramic views of downtown. The convention center is able to host galas, weddings, consumer and trade shows, concerts, conventions, conferences, and many other functions of various sizes.

The main entrance for the convention center is located on Main Street and Bruce Landon Way. There are 2 levels:

  • Event Level: Meeting Rooms 1–5, Exhibition Halls A & B
  • Upper Level: Ballrooms A, B, and C, Glass Alcove


The MassMutual Center in 2022

The arena hosted the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League, while the Hartford Civic Center was undergoing renovations, because of a 1978 roof collapse.

The arena hosted World Wrestling Federation's Saturday Night's Main Event XVI (the first episode following Wrestlemania IV, taped on April 22, 1988, aired on April 30). It also hosted the 19th WWF In Your House pay-per-view in 1997. The center has also hosted WWE Monday Night RAW and two WWE SmackDown! shows; the first one was on October 26, 1999, aired for that Thursday, and the second was on December 13, 2005, aired for that Friday. The center was also where The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau) defeated Bret "Hitman" Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Championship on January 17, 1992. He would lose the title two days later to Rowdy Roddy Piper at the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York at the Royal Rumble.

The building has hosted an American Hockey League franchise, since it opened in 1972. Between the 1972–73 AHL season and 1993–94 AHL season, the building hosted the Springfield Indians franchise. Since 1994, the center was the home of the Springfield Falcons. The Falcons won the Northeast Division Championship in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons while serving as the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team was sold in May 2016 to the Arizona Coyotes and relocated to Tucson, Arizona. The Falcons were immediately replaced with the Springfield Thunderbirds for the 2016–17 season.

The building, located in the "Birthplace of Basketball", has also hosted numerous NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championships, first in 1977, then from 1980 to 1994, and finally 2006 through 2011. The tournament moved to the Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati in 2012 and 2013. It also hosted the first six NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championships from 1982 to 1987.

The UMass Minutemen basketball team, formerly under head coach and Springfield native Derek Kellogg, has used the building for a home game since 2010. In 2011, the Basketball Hall of Fame created the Holiday Showcase which feature the UMass Minutemen basketball team. Brigham Young University visited the UMass Minutemen during the 2013 showcase with a sold-out crowd of 7,331.[7]

The Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League joined the building's roster of home tenants in the fall of 2009. The franchise was purchased by the HWS Group in early 2009, and was quickly moved to Springfield for the start of the 2009–2010 season. It was affiliated with the NBA's New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the New Jersey Nets for two years. The New Jersey Nets, now known as the Brooklyn Nets as of 2012, became the sole affiliate of the Armor in the start of the 2011–2012 season. The Armor received their first Eastern Division Championship during the 2011–2012 season under its new head coach Bob MacKinnon. They won their final home game on March 21, 2014, in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,111.[8]

NHL games

Date Away Score Home Attendance
October 19, 1979 Los Angeles Kings 3–6 Hartford Whalers 7,626
October 26, 1979 New York Islanders 2–1 Hartford Whalers 7,267
November 2, 1979 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–5 Hartford Whalers 7,643
November 9, 1979 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 Hartford Whalers 7,618
November 17, 1979 Edmonton Oilers 0–4 Hartford Whalers 7,627
November 21, 1979 Buffalo Sabres 3–5 Hartford Whalers 7,627
November 24, 1979 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Hartford Whalers 7,627
November 25, 1979 Atlanta Flames 2–4 Hartford Whalers 7,627
November 30, 1979 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–7 Hartford Whalers 7,627
December 7, 1979 New York Rangers 7–4 Hartford Whalers 7,627
December 19, 1979 Washington Capitals 5–4 Hartford Whalers 7,100
December 22, 1979 Buffalo Sabres 4–2 Hartford Whalers 7,627
December 26, 1979 Philadelphia Flyers 4–4 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 4, 1980 Washington Capitals 6–3 Hartford Whalers 7,623
January 6, 1980 Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 17, 1980 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–7 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 19, 1980 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 21, 1980 Winnipeg Jets 2–7 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 24, 1980 Montreal Canadiens 7–2 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 28, 1980 Atlanta Flames 1–6 Hartford Whalers 7,627
January 30, 1980 Boston Bruins 2–8 Hartford Whalers 7,627
February 3, 1980 New York Islanders 3–7 Hartford Whalers 7,627

International hockey

Date Away Score Home Attendance
December 29, 1995 Switzerland 3–4 United States
Russia 5–2 Sweden

Notable events


The MassMutual Center has hosted numerous events over the years ranging from professional and college sporting events, concert and comedy tours, ice skating and family shows, commencement ceremonies, and other functions both private and public. On April 6, 1986, the KISS "Asylum" tour concert overloaded the power system and the concert was halted after the first song. The band exited the stage, but returned 30–40 minutes later and resumed the show without incident.





Other events


Conventions and conferences

  • Daughters of the Nile 2007 Convention
  • Market America Northeast Convention 2010–2012
  • Brewery Collectibles Club of America CANvention 2012
  • Bay Path University Women's Leadership Conference
  • 64th National Square Dance 2015 Convention
  • Democratic State Convention 2019
  • Red Sox Winter Weekend 2020
  • Bernie Sanders rally the weekend ahead of Massachusetts Democratic Primary 2020


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Events and tenants
Preceded by Home of the
Springfield Thunderbirds

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current home
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Home of the
Springfield Falcons

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Preceded by Home of the
Springfield Armor

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Preceded by Home of the
New England Whalers

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Preceded by Home of the
Springfield Indians

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