Dunkin’ Donuts Park, Hartford,
In 2017 the new state-of-the-art 6,146-seat
Dunkin’ Donuts Park opened in downtown
Hartford along the Connecticut River and
near the Connecticut Convention Center,
which boasts 540,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space.
“[The park] is host to the new Hartford
Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort,
Yard Goats, the Double-A Eastern League
affiliate of MLB’s Colorado Rockies,” said
Laura Soll, who handles communications
for the Connecticut Convention & Sports
Bureau. “It was just named Ballpark
Digest’s ‘Best Double-A Ballpark’ for the
second year in a row.”
The park has two party decks with
views from the first or third baseline and
a dugout suite with indoor and outdoor
seating available for breakout events. The
luxury suite is great for groups that want to
watch a game inside overlooking the field
and comes with a private wait staff. Group
tickets to games are also available.
Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, set in the Berkshire Mountains, is home to an 18-hole historic golf course that first debuted in 1926.
Groups can use the course and facilities for
tournaments, retreats and clinics.
Groups can also have receptions on the
property’s Sloane’s Terrace, Meadow View
or Rose Terrace venues. The 105-room
resort boasts 16,000 square feet of meeting
For tournaments, Cranwell can arrange
for prizes. Groups can also use the facilities
for golf or other sports-related clinics.
In 2017, Hyatt acquired Miraval Group,
which manages the Cranwell group, and
plans for a redevelopment and renovation
of the property are underway. There will be
additional guest rooms, meeting and event
space, a new spa and a Mindfullness & Well-being Center. Once completed, the resort will
be renamed Miraval Berkshires, according to
General Manager Victor Cappadona.
International Tennis Hall of Fame,
Housed in what was once the Newport Casino, the International Tennis Hall of Fame
was officially recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986. The museum
features interactive exhibits chronicling the
history of the sport and hall of famers.
The centerpiece is the Horseshoe Piazza
and Horseshoe Court, which along with
the Brick Walkway can host up to 400 for alfresco dining and cocktails. Another option
is a reception in the USTA Wing and on
the porch, offering views of the property.
Groups can also play lawn tennis on the
grass courts, arrange scavenger hunts and
tour the galleries before their receptions.
Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame, Springfield, Mass.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame, set along the banks of the Connecti-
cut River, features interactive exhibits as well
as multiple spaces for events. The recently
renovated Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented
by Mohegan Sun houses iconic images of
players and top moments in game history.
There is more than 80,000 square feet of
function space, including the Center Court,
which is located in the middle of the muse-
um and can be transformed into a ball-
room with a domed ceiling and balcony.
The 5,400-square-foot Center Court space
can accommodate 500 guests for a banquet
or more than 900 for a reception.
New England’s love for sports goes beyond the NFL’s Patriots and the MLB’s Boston Red Sox. The region offers an eclectic array of sports venues and recreational options. Whether
catching a game using a sports-themed venue as a
backdrop or incorporating recreational teambuilding,
planners can hit it out of the park in New England with
these options for groups.
CRANWELL SPA & GOLF
RESORT, LENOX, MASS.
New England is a top-seed
region for off-site sports
venues and experiences
BY KATE CRIPE