Seven Local Wedding Venues for Sporty Couples
Bet you didn’t know you could tie the knot in the Bruins’ practice facility.
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Whether you’re an all-star athlete or just a fan, your friends and family would probably agree that your chosen sport is a big part of your identity. And, of all days, your wedding day is supposed to be personal, right? So here’s your permission to celebrate on the ice, the court, or the field, along with seven spots across Massachusetts where you can do just that.
For a venue that’s equal parts sporty and sophisticated, look no further than Granite Links in Quincy. The stunning golf club sits atop the Quincy Quarries, offering views of the Boston skyline and Harbor Islands beyond its verdant 27-hole course. Host your celebration for up to 350 in the Grand Ballroom—which features high ceilings, windows that pour in light, and a terrace—or in the outdoor Pavilion Tent. Bonus: You’ll get 18 free holes of golf for four lucky players, a perfect way to de-stress on your wedding morning.
100 Quarry Hills Dr., Quincy, 617-689-1900, granitelinks.com.
If you’re a member of Red Sox Nation, Fenway Park offers the ultimate wedding-day experience for up to 250 guests. Host a ceremony out on the field, then head into the Dell EMC Club or State Street Pavilion Club for a reception with jaw-dropping views out to the bases. Alternatively, hold your reception or cocktail hour at the Vineyard Vines Club, which features 5,600 square feet of roof space adjacent to the Fenway Farms urban garden. A wedding at Fenway Park also comes with perks you won’t get anywhere else, including getting your photo displayed on the scoreboard and stadium tours for all of your guests.
4 Jersey St., Boston, 617-226-6377, redsoxfoundation.org.
If you’re ready to take your Patriots fandom to the next level, Gillette Stadium is a showstopper of a venue. The stadium offers myriad event spaces, from the 900-seat Putnam Club with views of the turf to the 400-seat Optum Field Lounge, which is located at field-level and has a terrace. Go big with the help of an in-house, full-service audio-visual team to handle staging, sound, graphics; a catering team that can dream up the perfect menu; and your own event coordinator.
One Patriot Place, Foxborough, 508-543-8200, gillettestadium.com.
Want both sports-fan flair and city-chic vibes? Where better to host your wedding than the official hotel of the Boston Red Sox. The venue boasts more than 12,500 square feet of event space, including its Fenway Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 600 guests. Before your reception, host an unforgettable cocktail hour in the hotel’s pre-function space featuring two stories of glass windows overlooking Fenway Park as well as an open-air terrace. Friends and family can enjoy the same stunning vistas throughout your wedding weekend, too: Many of the hotel’s rooms provide views of the park.
500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-933-5000, hotelcommonwealth.com.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
A wedding at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield? Total slam-dunk. Throw your celebration in the heart of the museum, a nine-story basketball-shaped dome with a court at the center that can be transformed into a surprisingly chic ballroom for up to 400 guests. Once the sun sets, take a break from the dance floor and head outside for a few more portraits in front of the dome, which lights up at night.
1000 Hall of Fame Ave., Springfield, 877-446-6752, hoophall.com.
Warrior Ice Arena
Rent out the Bruins’ practice facility, and you can actually say “I do” on the ice. Then, after you make things official, snap photos in the yellow-hued stands and host a dance party with views of the rink for 500 guests in one of the arena’s event spaces. You can also take advantage of the in-house event planning and graphic design teams, who will help personalize each and every element of your day.
90 Guest St., Boston, 617-927-7467, warrioricearena.com.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Hit the slopes on your special day at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. During snowier months, make the most of one of two indoor venues: JJ’s Lodge, which accommodates up to 350 guests, or Crane Lodge, which accommodates up to 150. Both feature stone fireplaces for a cozy ceremony backdrop, as well as stone patios with fire pits. In the warmer seasons, you can also host your ceremony outdoors, either at a bubbling brook at the base of the mountain, or—if you’re up for a chairlift ride—at Jiminy Peak’s summit.
37 Corey Road, Hancock, 413-738-5500, jiminypeak.com.