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CONTACT: Lee Chambers, Marketing/Public Relations Manager
Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Hosts
MAAC Championship Pre-Con Pep Rally

Springfield, MA (February 24, 2014) — The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) will host a  pre-con pep rally on February 26 at 3 p.m. at Champion’s Sports Bar to celebrate the arrival of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship in Springfield, MA.
The tournament takes place March 6-10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, and event planners expect to host more than 15,000 fans, friends, family members and players from the 11 MAAC teams from as far west as Buffalo, NY and as far south as Lawrenceville, NJ.
MAAC institutions include:
Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saint Peters College, Jersey City, NJ
Siena College, Loudonville, NY
The MAAC schedule, MAAC-related events and the importance of the Championship to the region will be reviewed at the pep rally, and speakers will include GSCVB Chairman Michael E. Hurwitz, MassMutual Center General Manager Matt Hollander and GSCVB Hospitality and Sales Coordinator Leah MacPherson.
The GSCVB has assembled a group of “host restaurants” for the MAAC tournament which will be decked out in basketball décor to welcome teams and fans while promoting the event to locals looking for an exciting weekend of Division I College Basketball.  MAAC-designated restaurants include:
· Adolfo’s Ristorante
· Max’s Tavern
· Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grille
· Sheraton Springfield Picks Restaurant/MVP Pub
· Champions Sports Bar
· Student Prince Café, Inc.
· Theodores Booze, Blues & BBQ
· Uno Chicago Grill  
· Samuel’s Sports Bar
According to GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra, “The MAAC and its attendees always bring a terrific level of energy and enthusiasm to the region, and we look forward to welcoming them once again.  Our pre-con pep rally brings everyone together to learn about the event itinerary, the crowds and all other details so we can all provide the best possible service.  The ‘host restaurants,’ which include many of Springfield’s landmark restaurants, will be a great gathering place for MAAC players, officials and guests.”
For information about the MAAC, visit www.maacachusetts.com.  For visitor information about Springfield and the surrounding Pioneer Valley, visit www.valleyvisitor.com.
The GSCVB, an affiliate of the Economic Development Council of Western MA, is a private non-profit destination marketing organization that generates economic growth for Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley by marketing the region as an ideal destination for meetings and conventions, group tours, sports and leisure travel.

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