SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of people filled the MassMutual Center and MGM on Saturday for day two of Red Sox winter weekend.
Ed Bobaoa from Millers Falls told 22News one reason many people came out Saturday, saying, “Baseball withdrawal during the winter time.”
Red Sox Winter Weekend day two led off with families and people from all over Massachusetts coming to Springfield to enjoy the festivities.
Bobaoa said the trip to Boston is too far, but moving the event to Springfield made it possible. He told 22News, “It’s much much closer. It’s only an hour drive as opposed to an hour and half.”
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said all the hotels in downtown Springfield were booked due to the volume of people visiting – some driving from across the state.
For some fans, no trip is too far. Dartmouth resident Courtney Rego told 22News, “Yeah, I think it’s worth it. My husband loves baseball, he grew up playing baseball. My son loves baseball, so I just think that she even likes it. She’s going to start playing this year. It’s a family thing.”
There were many activities at Fan Fest for families and people in the area to come do, including Red Sox giant Jenga.
Mason Scotch from Boston told 22News he wants to be a baseball player when he grows up, saying, “I’m going to try to get a pop up all the way over the Green Monster.”
Mayor Sarno said the crowds are great for local businesses and exposure for western Massachusetts.
But all these people also means road closures. Until midday on Sunday a few main streets downtown will be closed to drivers. Organizers are encouraging people to use local garages for parking.