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|Former names||Hartford Civic Center (1975–2007)|
|Address||1 Civic Center Plaza|
|Owner||City of Hartford|
Ice hockey: 14,750 (9,801 with curtain system)
|Surface||200 ft × 85 ft (61 m × 26 m) (hockey)|
|Broke ground||April 2, 1971|
|Opened||January 9, 1975|
|Closed||1978–1980 (roof collapse, renovations)|
|Construction cost||$30 million |
($144 million in 2020 dollars )
|Architect|| Kling & Associates |
Danos and Associates
|Project manager||Gilbane Building Company|
|Structural engineer||Fraoli, Blum, and Yesselman, Engineers|
|General contractor||William L. Crow Construction Company|
| Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) (1997–present)|
UConn Huskies (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1975–present)
Women's basketball (1975–present)
Men's ice hockey (2013–present)
New England / Hartford Whalers (WHA / NHL) (1975–1997)
Boston Celtics (NBA) (1975–1995)
Hartford Hellions (MISL) (1980–1981)
Connecticut Coyotes (AFL) (1995–1996)
New England Blizzard (ABL) (1996–1998)
Connecticut Pride (CBA) (1993–2000)
New England Sea Wolves (AFL) (1999–2000)
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.
The Civic Center is the full-time home of the Hartford Wolf Pack AHL hockey team and part-time home of the University of Connecticut (UConn) men's and women's basketball teams and the UConn Huskies men's ice hockey team. Starting in the late 1990s, UConn men's basketball moved most of their important games—including the bulk of their Big East Conference games—to the Coliseum. During the 2011–2012 season, for instance, they played 11 home games at the Coliseum and only eight at their on-campus facility, Gampel Pavilion. This practice continued when the Huskies joined the American Athletic Conference, successor to the original Big East, in 2013. The UConn men's hockey team uses the XL Center as its primary home as the newest men's member of Hockey East.
It was the home of the New England/Hartford Whalers of the WHA and NHL from 1975 to 1978 and 1980 to 1997, and the Hartford Hellions of the MISL from 1980 to 1981, and the New England Blizzard of the ABL from 1996 to 1998, and hosted occasional Boston Celtics home games from 1975 to 1995. It was the home of the Connecticut Coyotes and later the New England Sea Wolves of the Arena Football League.
The arena seats 15,635 for ice hockey and 16,294 for basketball, 16,606 for center-stage concerts, 16,282 for end-stage concerts, and 8,239 for ¾-end stage concerts, and contains 46 luxury suites and a 310-seat Coliseum Club, plus 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of arena floor space, enabling it to be used for trade shows and conventions in addition to concerts, circuses, ice shows, sporting events and other events. The graduation ceremonies of Central Connecticut State University and other local colleges are also held annually at the XL Center.
As originally built in 1975, it seated 10,507 for hockey, and served as the home of the then– New England Whalers for three years. In the early morning of January 18, 1978, the Civic Center's roof collapsed. Engineering analyses during litigation following the collapse indicated that compression members were overloaded through undersizing and underestimation of the probable loadings, and that lateral bracing of individual members was insufficient. "The roof did not fail due to the heavy snow that fell on that January night. According to the official City investigation, the roof began progressive failure as soon as it had been installed. Contributing factors included design errors, an underestimation of the weight of the roof, and differences between the design and the actual built structure."
Investigations attributed the design issues to the unprecedented use of and trust in computer analysis. An absence of peer review for the novel structure and design process, and fragmentation of oversight responsibility during construction were also cited as contributing factors. Evidence showed that the roof had started to fail during construction, with bowed compression members. These distortions, and an unpredicted degree of deflection in the structure, were not investigated before the collapse.There were no injuries due to the collapse. The building was heavily renovated and re-opened January 17, 1980.
The Arena hosted the Hartford Whalers from January 11, 1975 to April 13, 1997. Shortly thereafter the team relocated to Raleigh to become the Carolina Hurricanes. In 1994, new owner Peter Karmanos purchased the team and pledged to keep the Whalers in Connecticut until 1998, unless they could not sell over 11,000 season tickets. After failed negotiations to build a new downtown arena for the Whalers with then-Governor John G. Rowland, on March 25, 1997, Karmanos announced that the team would leave. The New York Rangers, looking to capitalize on Hartford as a potential market, placed its farm team there to become the Hartford Wolf Pack starting in 1997. After a short stint as the Connecticut Whale, they reverted to the Wolf Pack moniker in 2013. Renovations were complete in October 2014.
In September 2010, the arena was upgraded with a new center-hung scoreboard with four Sony Jumbotrons and a state-of-the-art sound system.The Connecticut State Legislature set aside $35 million in funding for improvements to the XL Center that began in early spring 2014 and completed in time for the start of the 2014-15 seasons of the Wolf Pack and UConn men's hockey in October. Improvements included upgrades to the mechanical system, locker rooms and concourse, replacing jumbotrons with a new HD video board, as well as aesthetic improvements such as a new bar area inside the arena and luxury seating in the lower bowl. A portion of the $35 million allocation went towards a study on the arena's long-term viability; either more major renovations or replacing it with a new facility.
The XL Center has held many notable events including:
|November 11, 1975||Atlanta Hawks||L||100–91||RS||10,591|
|December 17, 1975||Kansas City Kings||W||104–118||RS||11,243|
|January 13, 1976||Portland Trail Blazers||W||94–106||RS||11,243|
|March 9, 1976||New Orleans Jazz||L||117–99||RS||11,230|
|April 6, 1976||Cleveland Cavaliers||L||101–92||RS||11,243|
|October 28, 1976||Buffalo Braves||W||105–112||RS||10,608|
|January 11, 1977||Houston Rockets||W||101–105||RS||10,011|
|February 15, 1977||Detroit Pistons||W||99–109||RS||9,879|
|March 1, 1977||Golden State Warriors||L||101–94||RS||11,273|
|March 30, 1977||Chicago Bulls||W||88–90||RS||11,089|
|April 9, 1977||San Antonio Spurs||W||105–120||RS||10,859|
|October 25, 1977||Atlanta Hawks||W||103–110||RS||6,590|
|December 13, 1977||New Jersey Nets||W||108–122||RS||5,518|
|January 5, 1978||Phoenix Suns||L||121–111||RS||10,019|
|February 26, 1980||Atlanta Hawks||W||97–108||RS||15,622|
|March 18, 1980||Indiana Pacers||W||102–114||RS||15,622|
|October 23, 1980||New York Knicks||L||109–107||RS||12,941|
|November 9, 1980||Chicago Bulls||W||105–111||RS||8,627|
|December 7, 1980||Washington Bullets||L||113–103||RS||11,430|
|January 19, 1981||Detroit Pistons||W||90–92||RS||9,941|
|March 13, 1981||Indiana Pacers||L||101–94||RS||15,622|
|November 13, 1981||New Jersey Nets||W||97–11||RS||11,753|
|December 11, 1981||Atlanta Hawks||W||86–94||RS||13,369|
|January 10, 1982||Detroit Pistons||W||124–134||RS||15,429|
|November 30, 1982||Detroit Pistons||L||123–116||RS||11,762|
|January 31, 1983||Chicago Bulls||W||104–110||RS||12,742|
|March 7, 1983||New Jersey Nets||W||114–121||RS||15,165|
|December 9, 1983||Denver Nuggets||W||90–119||RS||13,374|
|January 20, 1984||Indiana Pacers||W||125–132||RS||13,134|
|March 2, 1984||Chicago Bulls||W||100–104||RS||14,529|
|December 11, 1984||New Jersey Nets||W||121–130||RS||13,357|
|January 29, 1985||Detroit Pistons||W||130–131||RS||15,685|
|February 22, 1985||Chicago Bulls||W||105–115||RS||15,685|
|December 10, 1985||Atlanta Hawks||W||110–114||RS||14,493|
|February 23, 1986||Indiana Pacers||W||98–113||RS||15,124|
|March 18, 1986||Cleveland Cavaliers||W||96–126||RS||15,134|
|December 2, 1986||Washington Bullets||L||117–109||RS||15,134|
|February 23, 1987||New Jersey Nets||W||103–116||RS||15,134|
|March 24, 1987||Cleveland Cavaliers||W||88–111||RS||15,134|
|November 23, 1987||Chicago Bulls||L||107–102||RS||15,134|
|February 22, 1988||New York Knicks||W||93–95||RS||15,134|
|March 11, 1988||Indiana Pacers||W||112–122||RS||15,134|
|November 22, 1988||Cleveland Cavaliers||L||114–102||RS||15,239|
|February 24, 1989||Milwaukee Bucks||W||112–125||RS||15,239|
|March 13, 1989||New Jersey Nets||W||91–114||RS||15,239|
|November 14, 1989||Philadelphia 76ers||W||94–96||RS||15,239|
|February 6, 1990||Milwaukee Bucks||L||119–106||RS||15,239|
|March 9, 1990||Washington Bullets||L||115–108||RS||15,239|
|November 26, 1990||Miami Heat||W||101–118||RS||15,239|
|February 22, 1991||New Jersey Nets||W||99–111||RS||15,239|
|March 4, 1991||Indiana Pacers||W||101–126||RS||15,239|
|November 25, 1991||Washington Bullets||W||108–121||RS||14,678|
|February 21, 1992||Charlotte Hornets||W||110–113||RS||15,239|
|March 13, 1992||New Jersey Nets||L||110–108||RS||15,239|
|November 23, 1992||Atlanta Hawks||L||101–97||RS||13,299|
|February 9, 1993||Milwaukee Bucks||W||92–104||RS||14,137|
|March 28, 1993||Washington Bullets||W||113–114||RS||15,239|
|November 22, 1993||Indiana Pacers||L||102–71||RS||13,200|
|February 17, 1994||New Jersey Nets||L||117–98||RS||12,588|
|March 27, 1994||Philadelphia 76ers||W||122–124||RS||13,259|
|November 22, 1994||Milwaukee Bucks||L||116–94||RS||12,829|
|February 23, 1995||Orlando Magic||W||117–119||RS||15,242|
|April 15, 1995||Detroit Pistons||W||104–129||RS||12,979|
|October 14, 2009||Toronto Raptors||W||90–106||PS||10,117|
|October 16, 2010||New York Knicks||W||84–97||PS||15,138|
|October 13, 2012||New York Knicks||L||98–95||PS||14,218|
|October 8, 2014||New York Knicks||W||86–106||PS||8,462|
|January 27, 2020||United States||79–64||UConn Huskies||Exhibition||13,919|
|December 27, 1976||Soviet Union||2–5||New England Whalers||—|
|August 28, 1987||Finland||1–4||United States||8,508|
|September 4, 1987||Soviet Union||5–1||United States||14,838|
|January 7, 1989||CSKA Moscow||6–3||Hartford Whalers||—|
|December 27, 1989||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||3–4 (OT)||Hartford Whalers||—|
|January 3, 1991||Dynamo Moscow||0–0||Hartford Whalers||—|
|December 14, 2019||Canada||1–4||United States||7,126|
The XL Center serves as the second home for the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball programs. At the start of the 2014–15 season the UConn men's ice hockey program moved to the XL Center as a condition of its joining Hockey East.In September 2018, the UConn Board of Trustees approved a plan to build a new 2,500-seat arena with 500 seat-backs in Storrs with the option to expand to 3,500 seats if necessary. Though Hockey East requires arenas to hold at least 4,000, UConn received a waiver for the project since the expectation is for the Huskies’ men’s hockey program to continue to play some of its games at the XL Center in Hartford. The target construction date is April 2021 with substantial completion wanted by October 2022. If everything stays on track, the arena would open in December 2022.
|February 9, 2019||Merrimack||W 5–0||8,211|
|November 15, 2014||#3 Boston College||W 1–0||8,089|
|November 22, 2014||#3 Boston University||L 2–5||7,712|
|February 16, 2018||#20 Boston University||W 5–4OT||7,372|
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The Exhibition Center consists of a 68,855-square-foot (6,397 m2) exhibit hall, a 16,080-square-foot (1,494 m2) assembly hall that can divide into two meeting rooms, plus seven meeting rooms totaling 7,390 square feet (687 m2) and two lobbies totaling 6,100 square feet (570 m2). It is used for trade shows, conventions, banquets, meetings and other events.
The surrounding shopping mall was torn down in 2004 and was replaced by street-level retail shops and a 36-story residential tower named Hartford 21 which opened in 2006 and is the tallest residential tower between New York City and Boston.
The Hartford Wolf Pack are a professional ice hockey team based in Hartford, Connecticut. A member of the American Hockey League (AHL), they play their home games at the XL Center. The team was established in 1926 as the Providence Reds. After a series of relocations, the team moved to Hartford in 1997 as the Hartford Wolf Pack. It is one of the oldest professional hockey franchises extant, and the oldest continuously operating minor league hockey franchise in North America.
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is a 10,167-seat multi-purpose arena in Storrs, Connecticut, United States, on the campus of the University of Connecticut (UConn). The arena opened on January 21, 1990, and is the largest on-campus arena in New England. It was named after industrialist and 1943 UConn graduate Harry A. Gampel, a philanthropist who walked with Martin Luther King Jr., and who donated $1 million for the construction of the arena. It is about 216,000 sq ft (20,100 m2). Gampel Pavilion is the primary home to the UConn Huskies men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball teams.
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is a stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. It is primarily used for football and soccer, and is the home field of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies. It may also host the Connecticut Underground of the Freedom Football League; in the fall of 2010, it was home to the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. The stadium, which opened in 2003, was the first stadium used primarily by an NCAA Division I-A team to open in the 21st century. The permanent stadium capacity is 40,000, consisting of 38,066 permanent seats with a standing-room area in the scoreboard plaza that can accommodate up to 1,934 people. It also has a game day capability to add approximately 2,000 temporary seats as it did for UConn football vs. Michigan in 2013. Connecticut played on campus at Memorial Stadium in Storrs, before 2003.
Chase Family Arena at Reich Family Pavilion, commonly shortened to Chase Arena, is a 4,017-seat multi-purpose arena in West Hartford, Connecticut. Home to the University of Hartford Hawks men's and women's basketball teams, the arena opened on January 25, 1990, and was dedicated to the Chase family and the Reich family, both of West Hartford, in 1998 and 2004, respectively. It hosted the 2010 and 2011 America East Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments. In 2015 the men's basketball locker room was expanded and refurbished.
Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum is a 2,000-seat hockey rink in Storrs, Connecticut. It is the home arena for the University of Connecticut women's and practice facility of men's college ice hockey teams. It opened on November 7, 1998, replacing the outdoor UConn Ice Arena, which was in use since the 1960s. The Forum was constructed as part of the UCONN 2000 commitment by the State of Connecticut to help rebuild, renew, and enhance the campuses of the University of Connecticut. It was opened in time for the hockey team's elevation to Division I status. The arena was used for the 2000 MAAC Championship, the 2001 MAAC tournament, and the 2002 ECAC women's hockey tournament. It hosted the 2008 Hockey East Women's Tournament. The building was named for Mark E. Freitas '81, a former hockey letter winner and benefactor, on February 5, 2005.
The UConn Huskies are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Connecticut, located in Storrs. The school is a member of the NCAA's Division I and the Big East Conference. The university's football team plays at Rentschler Field, and the men's and women's basketball teams play on-campus at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion and off-campus at the XL Center.
Morrone Stadium, officially known as Joseph J. Morrone Stadium is the on-campus soccer stadium at University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.
Huskies of Honor is a recognition program sponsored by the University of Connecticut (UConn). Similar to a hall of fame, it honors the most significant figures in the history of the UConn Huskies—the university's athletic teams—especially the men's and women's basketball teams. The inaugural honorees, inducted in two separate ceremonies during the 2006–07 season, included thirteen men's basketball players, ten women's basketball players, and four head coaches, of whom two coaches—Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma—and two players—Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo—are also enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Since that time, an additional nine women's basketball players, seven men's basketball players, five national championship teams, one women's basketball assistant coach, and one athletic director have been honored.
The 2010–11 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2010–2011 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Huskies were coached by Geno Auriemma, and played their home games at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and on campus at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies are a member of the Big East Conference and attempted to win their eighth NCAA championship. The UConn team had won the last two national championships, and extended a win streak to an NCAA record 90 consecutive games.
The UConn Huskies men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Connecticut. The Huskies are a member of Hockey East. They play at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
Professional ice hockey in Connecticut has a rich tradition dating from the mid-1920s. Most of these teams were NHL minor league affiliates located in New Haven, though with the closure of the New Haven Coliseum, minor league affiliates now exist only exist in Hartford and Bridgeport. Hartford had its own Major league team, the Whalers team that existed in Hartford from 1974-97. Independent hockey leagues teams have also been gaining a foothold in Danbury starting in 2004.
The 1975–76 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1975–76 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 19–10 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Yankee Conference, where they ended the season with a 7–5 record. They were the champions of the postseason ECAC Tournament. They made it to the sweet sixteen in the 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and were led by seventh-year head coach Dee Rowe.
The 1979–80 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1979–80 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 20–9 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 3–3 record. They made it to the first round of the 1980 National Invitation Tournament. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut, the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and were led by third-year head coach Dom Perno.
The 1980–81 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1980–81 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 20–9 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with an 8–6 record. They made it to the second round of the 1981 National Invitation Tournament. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut, the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and were led by fourth-year head coach Dom Perno.
The 1981–82 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1981–82 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 17–11 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 7–7 record. They made it to the first round of the 1982 National Invitation Tournament. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut, the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and were led by fifth-year head coach Dom Perno.
The 1982–83 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1982–83 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 12–16 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 5–11 record. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut, the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and were led by sixth-year head coach Dom Perno.
The 1984–85 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1984–85 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 13–15 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 6–10 record. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut, the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut and they were led by eighth-year head coach Dom Perno.
The 1986–87 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 1986–87 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 9–19 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 3–13 record. The Huskies played their home games at Hugh S. Greer Field House in Storrs, Connecticut, the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and they were led by first-year head coach Jim Calhoun.
The 2017–18 UConn Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Huskies were led by sixth-year head coach Kevin Ollie. The Huskies split their home games between the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut as members of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 14–18, 7–11 in AAC play to finish in eighth place. They lost in the first round of the AAC Tournament to SMU.
The 2018–19 UConn Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Huskies were led by first-year head coach Dan Hurley and participated as members of the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies split their home games between the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut. They finished the season 16–17, 6–12 in AAC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They defeated South Florida in the first round of the AAC Tournament before losing in the quarterfinals to Houston.
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