Studio McCormack-designed TAP Sports Bar opens at MGM Springfield

The design team at STUDIO McCORMACK was inspired by the idea of adapting the 1907 YWCA building into a restaurant and bar.
The design team at STUDIO McCORMACK was inspired by the idea of adapting the 1907 YWCA building into a restaurant and bar. Photo credit: MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield in Massachusetts opened the Tap Sports Bar, designed by Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Studio McCormack.

The design team at Studio McCormack was inspired by the idea of adapting the 1907 YWCA building into a restaurant and bar. There are vintage sports memorabilia, historic gym lockers and old-world bottle displays that create an eclectic look. Key elements also include the sign from Springfield’s beloved Keg Room, while commemorative plaques celebrating milestone years in New England sports history adorn each booth.

As an homage to Springfield as the birthplace of basketball, Tap has a mini-basketball court with the first hoop – a peach basket – and hardwood flooring painted to reflect the original basketball key. 

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Tap has HD TVs and a video wall featuring more than 50 screens for individual or collective use. Adjacent to the pub is Tap’s 10-lane bowling alley. There is also an arcade with vintage video games, billiards, shuffleboard, air hockey and foosball. Tap also has a patio.

There is an open connection between the bar and dining areas with access to the adjoining arcade and bowling alley. Those looking for a bit of the outdoors may sit on the patio while watching the game, or watch activities in the adjacent plaza.

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