The XL Center
(originally known as the Hartford Civic Center
) is a multi-purpose arena
and convention center
located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut
. It is owned by the City of Hartford 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. Opened in 1974 as the Hartford Civic Center and 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 Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) selected the Northland/Anschutz Entertainment Group
proposal. 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. Read more...