XL Center

XL Center

XL Center History

This is just one of those staples in Hartford Connecticut that is always in the middle of one big game or show, giving you plenty of reasons to put down the remote and head out to see what everyone is buzzing about. Since 1975, the XL Center in Hartford has been one of the top venues for the biggest names in entertainment like Taylor Swift, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen, and that's just to name the tip of the iceberg. The XL Center is also home to two of the most successful college basketball teams in the history of the sport, as the men's and women's basketball programs at the University of Connecticut have won more than 10 national championships collectively and play part-time at the XL Center.

Originally named the Hartford Civic Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Exhibition Center, the XL Center opened on January 9, 1975 when Glen Campbell and Johnny Mathis christened the arena on consecutive nights. The Hartford Civic Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Exhibition Center was also built to be the home of the New England Whalers (later the Hartford Whalers) of the National Hockey League. After some unfortunate events, the venue reopened on February 6, 1980 and was once again the sports and entertainment capital of the state of Connecticut, with Whalers games and top concerts by stars like The Beach Boys, The Grateful Dead and Diana Ross thrilling locals. Though the Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997, becoming the Carolina Hurricanes, hockey is still played at the XL Center and routinely draws huge crowds whenever it is.


XL Center History Events Hosted

The XL Center has been the site of some of the biggest moments in college basketball as well as hosting the hottest names in music and entertainment. Three-time National Champion University of Connecticut Huskies Men's Basketball and seven time National Champion Women's Basketball UConn Huskies have thrilled the local community and national audience with their incredible play throughout the years. Other sporting events that have taken place at the XL Center include the 1986 NHL All-Star Game, which featured such legends as Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Denis Savard, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Mike Bossy.

Throughout the years, the XL Center has also hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment. One of the most famous concert events performed at the XL Center happened in 1977, when The Grateful Dead recorded their famous live album To Terrapin: Hartford '77 in the arena. Other past stars to perform in the XL Center include Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Currently, big name acts like Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, and Lady Gaga all made a stop at the XL Center during their sold-out tours.


XL Center Trivia

Did you know that the Big East Women's Basketball Tournament has the highest attendance of all the women's tournaments in the NCAA?

2013 marked the 10th year in a row that this packed tournament was hosted at the XL Center in Hartford, though in 2014 it moved to Allstate Arena in Illinois for a little bit of variety.


XL Center Experience

With a capacity of over 15,000 fans, the XL Center is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Connecticut, but you're not going to learn that sitting at home wondering what the atmosphere of the big show is like. Once you're there watching a highly anticipated event along with the rest of your fellow fans, you'll definitely be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else, as the live experience is a completely different thing that you can't conjure up from home – particularly when it comes to the XL Center in Hartford.

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13 Sep
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood Tickets Sep 13, 2014 7:30 PM
XL Center
Hartford, CT
7:30 p.m. EDT
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Sat
27 Sep
Cher with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Tickets Sep 27, 2014 7:00 PM
XL Center
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08 Oct
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics Preseason Tickets Oct 08, 2014 7:30 PM
XL Center
Hartford, CT
7:30 p.m. EDT
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Sat
01 Nov
Fleetwood Mac Tickets Nov 01, 2014 8:00 PM
XL Center
Hartford, CT
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Sat
07 Feb 2015
Monster Jam Tickets Feb 07, 2015 2:00 PM
XL Center
Hartford, CT
2:00 p.m. EST
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07 Feb 2015
Monster Jam Tickets Feb 07, 2015 7:30 PM
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Hartford, CT
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08 Feb 2015
Monster Jam Tickets Feb 08, 2015 2:00 PM
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