Connecticut Huskies ( NCAA, 1980 ) Hartford Wolf Pack / Connecticut Whale ( AHL, since 1997) New England / Hartford Whalers (WHA / NHL, 1975-1978, 1980-1997 ) New England Blizzard ( ABL, 1996-1998) Connecticut Coyotes (AFL, 1995-1996) New England Sea Wolves (AFL, 1999-2000) Boston Celtics (NBA, irregularly 1975-1995 ) Hartford Hellions ( MISL, 1980-1981)
The XL Center (former name Hartford Civic Center Memorial Coliseum ) is a sports and exhibition complex in Hartford, Connecticut, which opened in 1975.
Only three years after the opening of the Civic Center had to be closed again: On January 18, 1978 just hours after a basketball game, the roof collapsed under a huge snow load, no one was injured. After the reconstruction of the Civic Center opened for the second time on 17 January 1980. A complex surrounding the shopping center was often the reason why fans made fun of the team in Hartford. This shopping center was demolished in 2004 and replaced by some retail stores and a 36 -storey condominium.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a sports and entertainment venue of the two-part complex, and hosted the home matches of AHL Hockey Team Connecticut Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf Pack ). Became known, it is primarily as the home arena of the NHL Hartford Whalers team from 1979 to 1997.
In addition to hockey and basketball held ( venue of some home games of the Boston Celtics from 1975 to 1995, University of Connecticut ), arena football (New England Sea Wolves ) and wrestling collection. The capacity of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum is 15,635 spectators for ice hockey and 16,294 for basketball. In addition to sporting events and concerts are held here.
The direct subsequent fair complex covers around 9,100 square meters of exhibition and conference room space.