SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 2018 City of Bright Nights Ball will be the first event of its kind to be held at MGM Springfield, which is scheduled to open this fall.
MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis was announced Monday as the 2018 Chair, with MGM sponsoring the November 10 gala.
“I think we have to raise it to the next level,” Mathis said. “We are obviously going to be in our brand new facility, but if there is one thing we are really good at it is putting on events. So I am going to start working with a team to make sure we elevate it and will there be a theme and all that fun stuff.”
Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt told 22News Matt told 22News they are still working on selecting a theme for the ball this year. “It’s a new place. It’s a new venue and we were the first event that was booked there, so we are excited.”
MGM’s ballroom will have 11,000 square feet of space capable of accommodating 650 people. The ball is a fundraising event to support the Spirit of Springfield.
The City of Bright Nights Ball has been held annually at the Sheraton Springfield since it started, except in 2005 when it was held at the MassMutual Center.