by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 15, 2015
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is spending more than $3.2 million on technology upgrades at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, replacing and enhancing existing digital displays and lighting both in the arena and outside the facility.
The signage work is part of a four-phase program that will replace the MassMutual Center arena scoreboard and the digital banner displays throughout the arena, and add at least one new outdoor marquee. A new content-management system will synchronize content across all new digital signs. About $500,000 will be spent on significant lighting upgrades to the arena.

"This strategic investment in the MassMutual Center is not only in line with the MCCA's vision of providing visitors a technologically superior experience at all of the facilities we oversee, but also coincides with MGM's investment in Springfield with the building of a casino adjacent to the MassMutual Center," said James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA.  "The MCCA, Mayor Domenic Sarno, the city of Springfield, MGM and Spectra Venue Management are working together to enhance the MassMutual Center and downtown Springfield, providing a better experience to local fans, guests, and visitors from across the country and bolstering the economic activity of the area."

The MCCA's future plans include adding digital displays throughout the convention center to complement the arena's digital signage.

The 100,000-square-foot facility offers more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, five meeting rooms, a 14,880-square-foot ballroom and more than 19,000 square feet of prefunction space.