SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s restored Union Station is set to open in two months, and on Thursday, there was a big announcement about their grand opening weekend.
A big celebration on June 24th will be followed by a grand opening the next day.
The weekend of June 24th will be a weekend as grand as Union Station itself. A party has been planned to kick off a new era of transportation that Springfield’s Mayor hopes will signal a renaissance for the city.
“Not only is this going to be a transportation anchor. This is an economic development anchor for the North block,” said Mayor Domenic Sarno.
“Union Station in the North End. MGM to the South End and now we have to develop everything else and many things are happening, in between,” added Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.
The re-birth of Union Station maintains the nostalgia and grandeur of its past. Including the original clock, and historic murals.
Union Station is a building steeped in history. From the walls to the floors. The authentic train arrival and departure schedule hangs in the terminal and the original Terrazzo floors have been restored. An estimated 4-million people will walk on those floors each year.
Congressman Richard Neal was instrumental in securing the funding needed to bring the project to life. “I think it recognizes the role that Union Station played as the hub of transportation across all of New England. East, West, North and South.”
And it won’t only be trains. Arrangements are being finalized for bus and taxi service to make it a transportation hub filled with retail and commercial space.
“The Romans figured out a long time ago that the key to any city is a reliable transportation system,” remarked WWLP 22News President and General Manager Bill Pepin, who will serve as one of the gala’s co-chairs.
Other companies represented as co-chairs for the gala include MGM and Health New England.
The Union Station gala celebration on Saturday June 24th begins at 69PM and ends at 11PM. It’s a black-tie only affair. Tickets are $200 each or $2,400 for a table of 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Spirit of Springfield at 413-733-3800 or email email@example.com.