About XL Center
Located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, the XL Center is a multi-purpose arena and convention center that can host concert events and sports games ranging from NCAA collegiate and professional basketball and ice hockey. Capable of holding as many as 15,000-plus fans and surrounded by dozens of retail shops, the XL Center has been a major venue in central Connecticut and beyond for decades.
The History of the XL Center
Originally constructed in 1975, the XL Center was initially called the Hartford Civic Center. Back then, it had room for just over 10,000 fans. The venue immediately made news after its construction, but not for very good reasons. In 1978, following a massive snowstorm, the roof collapsed, though luckily no one was hurt. Renovations were undertaken, and the venue opened back up in 1980.
From there, the XL Center’s history is a lot less catastrophic. It’s been through a number of renovations since to keep up with the Joneses, with the latest happening in 2014 with full HD video screens, updates to the concourses and locker rooms, and a slew of other improvements that make this 45-plus-year-old venue looking brand spanking new.
What Makes XL Center Events So Special?
The XL Center is the best of the best when it comes to an older venue that’s kept up with the changing times. The old bones of the ’75 arena are still there, but they’ve got thoroughly modern trappings that means you’ll always be in for a great show, no matter what!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is XL Center located?
XL Center is located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut.
What kind of events does XL Center host?
Ice hockey and basketball are the main XL Center event. However, there are plenty of other events that have graced the XL Center over the years as well. Monster Jams, pro wrestling events, concerts (the Grateful Dead most famously), professional bull riders – you name it. Plus, with the attached convention center, it’s always busy down at the XL Center!
Which team is playing at XL Center?
The XL Center has been the home to many sports teams over the years. The AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack ice hockey team has been playing there since 1997, and the UCONN Huskies NCAA men’s and women’s basketball teams have played there part-time since 1975, notwithstanding roof collapses and closings for renovations. The UCONN Huskies ice hockey team has also been in residence since 2013.
Where can I park for free at XL Center?
There are 45 parking lots and garages throughout downtown Hartford, that XL Center event attendees can utilize. That’s tens of thousands of available parking spaces – some of which are free. There is also metered street parking available, which is free daily from 6 pm to 8 am and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
What is the seating capacity of XL Center?
XL Center sporting events can host over 16,500 spectators.
Who owns XL Center?
XL Center is owned by The City of Hartford.
How do I get to XL Center using public transport?
DASH, CT Rail, AMTRAK, CT Transit, and Greyhound, all connect you to XL Center events, Meaning, no matter where you’re coming from the venue is easily accessible to all fans.