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XL Center, Hartford

3.2
Arena / Stadium · Tourist Spot
The XL Center (originally known as the Hartford Civic Center) is a multi-purpose arena and convention center located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Owned by the City of Hartford, it is managed by the quasi-public Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) under a lease with the city and operated by Spectra. In December 2007, the Center was renamed when the arena's naming rights were sold to XL Group insurance company in a 6-year agreement. The arena is ranked the 28th largest among college basketball arenas. It opened in 1974 as the Hartford Civic Center and was originally located adjacent to Civic Center Mall, which was demolished in 2004. It consists of two facilities: the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Exhibition Center.

On March 21, 2007, the CRDA selected the Northland/Anschutz Entertainment Group proposal to operate the arena complex; Northland also developed the Hartford 21 residential tower on the adjacent Civic Center Mall site. It was revealed that Northland will assume total responsibility for the building paying for any and all losses, and will keep any profits. In 2012, the CRDA, put the contract out to bid with hopes of combining the operations with Rentschler Field. In February 2013, Global Spectrum of Philadelphia, was chosen to take over both the XL Center and Rentschler Field with Ovations Food Services taking over all food and beverage operations.
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  • Perfect mid size venue to attend a concert or sporting event. Facilities are kept clean and the options around the arena for concessions are great, with some of them being unique to the Hartford...  more »
  • We were here for the final Uconn girls basketball game. Seats were nice. I think they should have had more seat attendants. We found our seats ourselves. Smells like fried food when walking halls...  more »
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  • Visited the lovely arena for convocation to ignite the next school year for our teachers of Hartford public schools. The facility was clean and tidy. We were assigned seating that changed once we got to the bleachers however they provided ample space so all of our staff were able to sit together. Lovely time wonderful space and courteous staff!
  • If you like college hockey, then come here for a game, preferably against Boston College. Yes, seats are high but you can easily see the game. Plus Brass Bonanza is played after every home goal.
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