Officials Still Discussing Possibility of a New Downtown Hartford Arena

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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  1. John Fleming says:

    Just for the record, an NHL team in Hartford is NOT a long shot. I have a copy of an email from the NHL’s Bill Daly from just a few years ago that states the NHL is still very interested in Hartford, provided that there is a modern arena built in or around Hartford. The fact remains that Hartford/Springfield is one of the Top 10 Markets in the northern 1/3 of the United States – where Hockey is most popular. Build the arena and the Hartford Whalers are a certain reality to return. (The state still owns the logo and name right to the Whalers brand).


  1. […] Officials Still Discussing Possibility of a New Downtown Hartford Arena […]

  2. […] team to Hartford is entirely dependent on a single factor – whether the City can finance and build a new downtown arena to replace the aging XL Center.  It is doubtful that the NHL will entertain serious discussions […]

  3. […] certainly been diminished.  Perez was the face of the effort to lure the NHL to Hartford.  The workings of his task force were shrouded in secrecy.  The newly formed Sports Advisory Board has been quiet on the NHL issue, […]

  4. […] Hartford Whalers also struggled with a lackluster arena for most if their existence.  The XL center which had a capacity of only 10,507 when the arena was […]

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