Your Red Sox Winter Weekend Rundown

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The Boston Red Sox are coming to Downtown Springfield for Winter Weekend. Just because you don’t have tickets, doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun. Here’s your complete rundown of everything happening in downtown during this historic weekend.

DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD ICE SCULPTURES

Thursday January 16 – Sunday January 19 – Various locations throughout downtown.

While you’re out and about getting your Red Sox fandom on, you may notice some ice sculptures placed at just about every corner in downtown. Over a dozen ice sculptures will be placed around the downtown area for the 3rd Annual Downtown Ice Invasion. Everything from Wally to Red Sox players to pineapples and Baby Yodas. Find the map by clicking here. or by visiting the William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center for a map to find them all.

RED SOX WINTER WEEKEND SCHEDULE

January 17th and 18th.

 

Winter Weekend is the Boston Red Sox’ annual fan event, where thousands of enthusiastic Red Sox fans join the team to gear up for the upcoming baseball season. Winter Weekend 2020 will take place at MGM Springfield and the MassMutual Center, on January 17th and 18th.

PLAYER & ALUMNI AUTOGRAPHS & PHOTOS @ MGM SPRINGFIELD AND THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

Each Weekend Pass to the event comes with guaranteed access to one autograph and photo session with one or two of the attending players/alumni/coaches.    Please note that the individual(s) signing autographs in each room is different from the individual(s) taking photos.

Autograph and Photo Sessions will take place at both MGM Springfield AND the MassMutual Center. Please make sure you are paying careful attention to your wristband to ensure you go to the correct location. You will receive your wristbands when you check in for the event at the MassMutual Center box office. 

BREAKFAST WITH WALLY & TESSIE/DINNER WITH WALLY & TESSIE* @ MGM SPRINGFIELD

Join Wally and his sister Tessie for a mascot-themed breakfast and dinner for kids and families on Saturday morning and early evening! *separately ticketed events for additional charges

SEASON TICKET HOLDER LOUNGE @ MGM SPRINGFIELD

Season Ticket Holders are invited to stop by their exclusive Lounge on Saturday, January 18 to relax and unwind while connecting with other Season Ticket Holders and the Red Sox Season Ticket Services team. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day, as well as games, giveaway opportunities and more! Proper credentials required.

TOWN HALL MEETING @ THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

Winter Weekend kicks off Friday at the MassMutual Center arena, right after members of the 2020 Red Sox are introduced. The Town Hall will air on NESN at a later date.

FAN FEST @ THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

This year’s Fan Fest is comprised of 3 areas: the Family Fun Zone in the Exhibition Hall, the Social Media Lounge, and our new ‘Wally’s World’ area.   Make sure to visit all 3 spots between Friday night and Saturday to test your fastball at the speed pitch, get your picture taken with the four World Series Trophies, giveaways, and more!

BASEBALL INSIDER PANELS @ THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

This year’s panels will take place at the MassMutual Center. There will be no pre-registration for panels. Access to the panels will be first-come, first-serve.

TICKET TOWN @ THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

Dedicated sales representatives will be available on Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday to assist with ticket purchases for the 2020 season, including a chance to purchase tickets for summer games before they are available to the public.

NESN LIVE FROM WINTER WEEKEND @ THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER

Catch NESN’s live broadcast of Winter Weekend with special appearances from Red Sox players and executives on Saturday.

 

WHERE TO EAT

There are dozens of restaurants located in the heart of downtown Springfield. In anticipation of the thousands of visitors coming in for Red Sox Winter Weekend, many of the our great eateries will be extending their hours.

 

BREAKFAST – Cause it’s the most important meal of the day

Frigos –  90 Williams Street – will be open with special breakfast hours and menu beginning at 7am. Enjoy breakfast sandwiches, assorted danishes and muffins, hot coffee and more.

Granny’s Baking Table – 309 Bridge Street – Open 7:30am to 4pm, Granny’s Baking Table offers exceptional coffee, tea, beignets, biscuits, pies, and more.

Blake House Cafe at the Springfield Museums –21 Edwards Street – 9am – 3pm – The Blake House Café has been serving up freshly-made fare since 2012. Enjoy lunch with friends and fellow museum goers or grab a coffee and pastry to go.

Palazzo Cafe –  1350 Main Street – Open 7am – 6pm, Palazzo Cafe offers the Best in International Breakfast and Lunch. Whether stopping in for a Fresh Brewed Coffee, Cappuccino or Espresso with one of our dozens of Pastries, or looking for a Delicious Panini, Wrap or Salad, we have what you need!

Mocha Emporium  – 1623 Main Street – Open 7am – 5pm offering coffee, specialty lattes, smoothies, desserts, and more.

Starbucks  – 1414 Main Street – Open 7am – 6pm located at 1414 Main Street in the Monarch Place.

Dunkin Donuts –  1500 Main Street – Open 9:30am – 5pm. 

NOSH – 1341 Main Street, rear – Open – 8am – 9pm – Located at the Shops at Marketplace.

La Fiorentina – 883 Main Street – 8am – 6pm – serving New England the finest in Italian pastry, coffee, cakes and cookies.

Hot Table – 1500 Main Street – 8am – 8pm – breakfast paninis

 

LUNCH + DINNER 

Within the Downtown you can enjoy authentic BBQ, old world Italian, the flavors of India, tastes of the Mediterranean, American fare and MUCH more. For a full list of our restaurants click here.

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP

The Shops at Marketplace – The Valley’s Newest Retail-tainment District and Destination…Discover and fall in love with a little local goodness in downtown Springfield…Local women, owned and operated. The Shops at Marketplace: Serendipity, Alchemy Nail Bar, Dharma Yoga, and NOSH Restaurant & Cafe

Giftology – Alex & Ani, Ivory Ella, Corkcicle, Pat Barker, Connection, Mud Pie, Luminere, Rewind, Spongelle, Candy Club and so much more!

TowerSquare –  Tower Square offers an interesting mix of specialty shops, eateries, art galleries, and a variety of professional services for your convenience all under one roof, right along the financial district on Main Street in Springfield, MA.

Out of the Box Gift Shop at the William C.Sullivan Visitor Center – UNIQUE QUALITY HANDCRAFTED GIFT ITEMS CREATED including Red Sox themed stuff BY ARTISANS FROM ACROSS THE REGION, PROCURED BY OWNER MICHELLE LAROCQUE.

MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS

Springfield Museums

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission.

 

Fresh Paint Murals 

This past summer, artists from all over came to Downtown Springfield and transformed 8 plain walls into amazing works of art. Definitely worth walking around downtown to checkout and take the most perfect instagram photo for your downtown Springfield visit.

 

 

Basketball Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located in Springfield, MA, hundreds of the museums interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests.

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The Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world’s largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes.

 

Riverfront Park 

The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway includes 3.7 mile stretch along the Springfield riverfront which provides outstanding opportunities to bike, run, walk or rollerblade in view of stunning scenic vistas of the Connecticut River, the Springfield city skyline, and Memorial Bridge.

 

 

WHERE TO PARK 

MGM Parking Garage – MGM Springfield’s Parking Garage has a 3,400 parking spots and is free to patrons and the public. 

On Street Parking – On street meter parking is free after 6pm on weekdays and free on weekends and holidays.

Springfield Parking Authority There are 9 downtown parking lots that will be open with various rates. 

 

** From MGM Springfield to the MassMutual Center, there will be a giant tent on Main Street to help direct Red Sox Winter Weekend goers to each destination. Expect road closures from Union Street to Bruce Landon Way from Main Street.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD DOWNTOWN OFFICE PICKS ON WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD

 

CHRIS RUSSELL’S PICK – Executive Director

Trying a few hands of Blackjack at MGM Springfield!

 

 

MICHELLE GROUT’S PICK – Assistant Director

The Student Prince and Fort Cafe is a must to check out while you’re down here. Take it from me and order the butterfly shrimp and their famous Chavinette. The Fort has one of the largest stein collections in the country.

 

BRIDGET DELANEY’S PICK – Marketing and Project Manager

If you’re into really delicious craft beer like me and love a good game of pool and a laid-back atmosphere then definitely consider checking out Smith’s Billiards.  Founded in 1902 by Fred Smith as a billiard academy, Smith’s has withstood the test of time as the region’s oldest and best known Billiards Hall. 

 

KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN – Program Coordinator 

Love a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame and grabbing a Cookies Make Everything Batter sundae from Coldstone Creamery.

 

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