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Greater Springfield

The campus of Western New England University is located in a residential neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield is the third largest city in Massachusetts with about 154,000 residents. It is less than 90 miles/150 km west of Boston and less than 140 miles/230 km northeast of New York City.

Local Landmarks

The birthplace of basketball, Springfield is home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has welcomed more than 300 inductees and has more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Springfield Symphony Hall serves as a major focal point for classical music, Broadway tours, concerts, and stand-up comedy in the Pioneer Valley.

Springfield is an urban city with 42 parks. Forest Park, the city’s largest, was designed by the architect of New York City’s Central Park.

CityStage, a major playhouse in Springfield, features an eclectic mix of entertainment. 

The MassMutual Center is the premier arena and convention center in western Massachusetts. It is home to the American Hockey League's Springfield franchise.

The Quadrangle is the site of the Springfield City Library and the city’s four major museums. It features works of Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, Samurai arms and armor, Middle Eastern rugs, the largest collection of Chinese cloisonné outside of Asia, the first American-built planetarium, along with an observatory, a fresh-water aquarium, and dinosaur and African exhibit halls.

Dr. Seuss Museum–Famous children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka “Dr. Seuss”) was born in Springfield, which inspired much of his work. The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is in the center of the Quadrangle.

Annual Events

The Big E, also known as the “Eastern States Exposition” is one of the largest fairs in the nation. Each year, the fair opens on the second Friday after Labor Day (First Monday in September) and runs for 17 days. In 2015, 1.23 million people visited the Big E.

The Parade of Big Balloons–Since 1991, the Parade of Big Balloons has helped to usher in the holiday seasonin Springfield. Inflatable big balloons, bands, and colorful marching contingents parade through Springfield’s center at 11 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving (Third Thursday in November) entertaining crowds estimated at 75,000. Bright Nights–During the holiday season, over 600,000 lights illuminate a 2.5 mile/4.0 km driving tour of Forest Park. Bright Nights at Forest Park starts the week before Thanksgiving and runs through the first week of January.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade–Seven miles/11 km north of Springfield’s center, the small city of Holyoke, Massachusetts stages the UnitedStates’ 2nd-largest, annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (larger than Boston’s and Chicago’s, but slightly smaller than New York City’s).

World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast–The city invites residents and visitors to bring their appetites to the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, an event held on a Saturday in May. The event draws over 30,000 people to Main Street, where approximately 60,000 pancakes are served.

Places to Visit 

Yankee Candle Village is one of New England’s most popular destinations! Yankee Candle Village offers an entertaining charm, hands-on interactive candle making, and unique shopping.

Storrowton Village Museum is where New England village living comes to life, through an authentic re-creation of 18th and 19th century buildings. These structures were moved from various New England locations and have been reassembled surrounding a beautiful village green typical of colonial days. 

Six Flags New England is New England’s biggest, most popular theme park. It features dozens of thrill rides, family rides, shows, dining, shopping, and water activities.

The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts. It is the primary water supply for Boston. The reservoir is a popular spot for hiking and other outdoor activities.

The Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, just 11.1 miles/17.8 km from campus, is one of the largest malls in New England, featuring more than 200 stores.

Skiing and Hiking–Situated in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, Springfield is an easy drive to outdoor recreational activities from skiing to hiking, kayaking to ziplining. It is also just a 2-3 hour trip to some of the best beaches in New England.

Major Employers in the Region 

  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • Baystate Health Systems
  • Smith & Wesson
  • LEGO Systems
  • United Technologies
  • The Hartford
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Stanley Black and Decker
  • Travelers
  • Big Y Foods
  • Friendly Ice Cream Corporation 

The Knowledge Corridor

The region offers a wide variety of academic institutions, including 40 colleges and universities, through its location along New England’s “Knowledge Corridor.”

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