Mass Mutual Center
Happy New Year 2023!

I have always enjoyed photographing big venues. I have done Google virtual tours of many local landmarks including: Connecticut Science Center, , Bushnell Memorial Performing Arts Center , Hartford Convention Center , and New Britain Museum of American Art . I had another opportunity this summer. A minor league hockey arena and a convention center in Springfield, Massachusetts called the Mass Mutual Center, wanted 70 panoramas taken in one day. 

Of course, the original plans needed to be changed since the convention center wasn't ready for photography that day, however everything worked out just fine.  I wound up photographing the hockey arena the first day and the convention center a week later. To complicate matters, the local minor league hockey team; the Thunderbirds was staring the first-round post season playoff games for the Calder Cup and staff was working throughout the arena..  

I worked my way around the concourse being careful to take as many panoramas as possible just outside the door to each section and I took panoramas in several of the seating sections I also photographed the luxury seating area:

Employees preparing for the next hockey game were constantly walking through the concourse and I had to be patient between frames. When I came back to photograph the Convention Center, all areas were nicely staged for photography.

After I took panoramas of the convention expo center that was divided in two separate areas, a crew of about twelve people manually collapsed the room divider so that I could photograph the entire exposition space, which is quite massive:

 There are also several smaller meeting rooms.

And there is a nice view of downtown Springfield.

I enjoyed photographing this amazing space. The Thunderbirds lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2022, but this could be their year to win the Calder Cup!

Tim Becker
Creative Images Photography
901 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040


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