For much of the past year, the DCU Center has been a field hospital. Governor Baker has recently announced new venue capacities as we move into the next Phase, and with that, the UMass Memorial Covid Field Hospital is also closing soon. Read some of our thoughts and reflections below.
Much of the Worcester and Massachusetts area has seen the new coverage, thanks to the incredible coverage of both our local and national news sites & their photo journalists: ABC News, Masslive, Spectrum, Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Business Journal, NBC, and dozens of other reporting communities.
The DCU Center Arena & Convention Center, an ASM Global venue, has served as a Field Hospital that treated Covid-19 patients in partnership lead by UMass Memorial Hospital for 7 1/2 full months, nearly 230 days of the 2020-2021 year.
It goes without saying that this time period has been dramatically different than the sports games, banquets, conventions, competitions, trade shows, celebrations, festivals, concerts, family shows, & graduations that our staff and community has been used to seeing us put on over the past 39 years. The past year has been a different type of event for our facility.
In three days, on March 15th, the hospital will close, and it will remain up & ready to continue to serve for one month past that if need be. There are exactly 12 months behind us as of today, March 12th, a day most people will mark in their heads as " the day everything shut down". To the DCU Center, there is optimistically one month ahead of us to go until we begin a new chapter in our "Post-Covid Hospital Live Event Industry Restart . "
We know it will look different : smaller crowds, masks, directional signage, etc.
The DCU Center & ASM Global are committed to offering a clean, safe, and welcoming environment that makes our community feel confident returning to our venue and we are looking forward to sharing the details on VenueShield, our Covid-Safe protocols, in the coming weeks. The Massachusetts Pirates (an IFL team) will kick off our restart on May 22nd, 2021.
We wanted to take this time to reflect, look ahead, and express our gratitude for the community around us as this moves into a new phase. There are many people to thank. Starting with our partner and healthcare heroes at UMass Memorial Hospital and other healthcare workers across the state for the tireless work they have done over the past year and in the coming weeks.
To our local & national media who helped tell the story of what exactly it meant to take an event venue and turn it into a Field Hospital.
To our City of Worcester officials who made decisions based on science, took action quickly, and supported the DCU Center as it served the community.
To our teams, the Massachusetts Pirates & Railers HC who continued be out in the community while their ice & turf wait patiently for them to return.
To our employees & vendors, who had served many years before hand to put on events, and then accepted the quiet year with confidence that upon returning to the jobs they love that they would be ready for show time .
But most importantly, thank you to our fans and community around us, who engaged with us on social media the past 12 months... sharing stories of your favorite shows & moments, who sent kind words with each event postponement announcement that they would hold onto their tickets for next time, and who continued to be excited about the future at the DCU Center no matter what event it would be for.
We can not wait to see you .... soon!