XL Center (Hartford, CT)
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Since January of 1976, the XL Center (formerly the Hartford Civic Center) has been the 'second home' for the University of Connecticut men's basketball program, and has also become a 'home away from home' for the women's basketball program since 1980.
Northland AEG announced in December of 2007 an agreement with XL Insurance renaming the Hartford Civic Center, the XL Center. Under the terms of the multi-year, seven figure agreement, XL Insurance receives exclusive naming rights to Connecticut’s largest indoor sports and entertainment facility including logo changes on both the basketball and hockey playing surfaces, tickets, uniforms and stationery; a retrofit of both indoor and outdoor signage; and new atrium graphics. Additionally, a new website www.xlcenter.com will be launched, and all event and facility marketing will feature the XL Center logo. XL Insurance has a long history in Hartford and maintains its office in the city as a strategically central location in the Northeast to conduct worldwide business and access a talented, educated workforce.
Located in the heart of downtown Hartford, the basketball facility is not only the second home of the UConn basketball programs, but also serves as the home ice for the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
In addition to regular season UConn basketball, the spacious XL Center was home to the annual Connecticut Mutual Classic from 1980-92. The University of Connecticut and the XL Center have jointly hosted five NCAA Championship East Regional First/Second Round Tournaments (1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998). The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) has stopped in Hartford for games in 1981, 1988, and 1989. The 1982 BIG EAST Conference Tournament was played in Hartford and both the 1989 and 1991 ACC/BIG EAST Challenge Series used Hartford as one of its sites. Most recently, the XL Center has been home to the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament and is committed to the building on a long-term basis. In 2004, the NCAA Eastern Regional for women's basketball was played there.