The Hartford Courant reports that Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez continues to convene the task force he appointed to study whether corporate support exists for a new downtown arena to replace the Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Center).
Although the Courant has filed a complaint with the state’s Freedom of Information Commission, seeking public access to the task force meetings, the story is significant from another angle: the state’s efforts to attract more sporting events, and potentially a professional team are alive. A professional sports team is clearly a long shot. However, from the Hollywood East Task Force, to the tax credit for filmmakers, to the creation of a sports commission, Connecticut has demonstrated a commitment to the sports and entertainment industry. Whether that commitment can be the impetus for a new arena remains to be seen.
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