Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs is putting on an event discussing the XL Center. HYPE will be holding an event two days from now at the Old State House in downtown Hartford. Special guest Chris Lawrence, the General Manager of the XL Center, will be there to discuss the building and its immediate future.
In eight months the XL Center will be 40 years old making it one of the oldest facilities of its size in the country. When an arena becomes that outdated and building mechanical systems lose their performance and efficiency something should be done. The building will get a 35 million dollar tune up over this coming summer, some of the upgrades will be behind the scenes but the arena will have changes to add value to entertainment options. The CRDA has pointed out on their website a list of improvements including upgrades to the mechanical systems. There will be upgrades to the Hartford Wolf Pack, UConn basketball and UConn hockey locker rooms. The XL Center concourse will have improvements as well, and definitely the rest rooms. Fans will take notice and enjoy a new bar area around section 121 and 122. The arena will also have luxury seating in the lower bowl.
The 35 million dollar investment has been said to be needed by Governor Malloy and the C.R.D.A. to keep the building running while a decision is made to either make a major renovation or completely replace the XL Center with a new arena but at a different Hartford location.
There is much speculation with residents, sports fans and commuters on what the building will look like and how the entertainment experience will change. The HYPE event will answer many of those questions. The event will be in a Family Feud style format. Contestants will answer questions that will be compared to a 100 person survey result. The survey had 10 questions on the XL Center. The questions were about the XL Center, Concerts, UConn and even the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack and what brand/mascot would people choose.
The HYPE event takes place at the Old State House at 6pm on Monday, May 12. It is open to the public and will conclude around 8pm. This is a great opportunity to discuss and ask some questions to learn more about our states largest arena.
Former Hartford Wolf Pack players making an impact in the NHL playoffs
As you know the Rangers have over a dozen players who at one time played for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Even more are making an impact in the NHL on other teams. For example, forward Dale Weise who played for the Wolf Pack/ Whale just a couple of seasons ago has scored two game winning playoff goals for the Montreal Canadians. Weise has been an important addition to the Canadians roster in this playoff run. Ranger forwards Mats Zuccarello, and Carl Hagelin, who are probably two of the three(Sami Kapenan(3:19)) fastest skaters to ever play in Hartford, have both been on the score sheet for the Rangers in recent playoff games. Chad Johnson is backing up Boston Burins goalie Tuuka Rask, Johnson was playing for the Wolf Pack/Whale just two seasons ago. It is interesting to see the progression of a hockey players skill. Hartford hockey has a long reach and in impact on the main stage of the NHL playoffs.