XL Center

Hartford, CT - Arena

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The XL Center is Connecticut's premier destination for sports & entertainment. The 15,000+ seat arena is located in the heart of Downtown Hartford and serves as the home of the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack and the University of Connecticut's Men's Ice Hockey and Men's and Women's Basketball teams. The venue has played host to an extraordinary roster of world-renowned artists, including Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Drake, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and many others as well as various family shows, sporting events, and consumer/trade shows. The venue serves as a vital part of the success of the downtown area and tourism business in the region.

Venue Snapshot

Spectra Divisions

Food Services & Hospitality
Venue Management


1 Civic Center Plz
Hartford, CT 06103

Services Provided

  • Complete Venue Management Services
  • Spectra Food Services & Hospitality
  • Partnerships - Premium Seating Sales
  • Partnerships - Naming Rights
  • Partnerships - Sponsorship Sales
  • Event Booking
  • Concessions
  • Catering

Venue Facts

  • 16,000+ seats
  • 42 Luxury Suites & 10 Loge Boxes
  • Concourse Level Fan Bar
  • Club Level Director's Suite
  • Club Lounge & Restaurant
  • 69,000 square feet of Exhibit Space
  • Capacities: Hockey- 14,000; Basketball- 15,000; 360 Stage Concert- 16,000; Center Stage- 16,500; End Stage- 16,000; Half House- 8,000
  • Recent Updates: LED Sports Lighting, Security Upgrades, Advanced Cellular Connection.
  • Hartford Wolf Pack Business Operations

Notable Events & Accomplishments

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Hosts over 100 events and 500,000+ guests annually

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"Spectra has continued to demonstrate its expertise in the sports and entertainment industry by bringing high-end valuable programming to the greater Hartford market. Spectra has contributed significantly to the state and city economy." -Mike Freimuth, Executive Director for the Capital Region Development Authority

Food Services & Hospitality Promotions/Initiatives

  • Hockey Happy Hour at all Home Hockey Games

  • Specialty Cocktails at all major concerts

  • Kids Combo Packs for all Family Shows

  • The Market Place Grab and Go w/ Healthier Option

Notable Events Include

  • Hosted the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament

  • USA Gymnastics

  • USA Women's Hockey

  • Elton John

  • Guns N Roses

  • Justin Timberlake

  • Drake

  • Rihanna

  • Cher

  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Fleetwood Mac

  • Eric Church

  • AAC Tournament