End of era in Springfield…SPADC not renewing contract at end of year

Hampden County

Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation has been booking performances for City Stage and Symphony Hall in Springfield, since 1998, but that’s coming to an end. 

Tina D’Agostino, President of SPADC told 22News, its business model has changed and it’s financially unable to sustain itself. That combined with the ever-changing landscape of entertainment in downtown Springfield, left the company no other choice, but to close its doors. 

“The way people are consuming entertainment is changing and we just decided to go out on a high note and be really, really, proud of the entertainment and the arts that we brought to downtown Springfield,” said D’Agostino.

D’Agostino blames declining ticket sales, poor attendance, and the uncertainty of a new management contract from the Parking Authority, which owns City Stage.

Broadway shows and national headliners at Symphony Hall used to be the company’s biggest revenue stream, but the shows are too big to fit in the building. 

The SPADC contract ends December 31. The last performance will be “Moon Show” on December 7. Its a tribute performance to Van Morrison. 

A statement from Mayor Domenic Sarno’s office says a management contract for Symphony Hall is currently being worked on and bidding should start soon.  

22News contacted the Springfield Parking Authority to find out who will be managing City Stage.

We’re still waiting to hear back. 

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