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Around the Arena

Located in the heart of Downtown Hartford, Connecticut, the XL Center is home to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, University of Connecticut Men’s Ice Hockey, and University of Connecticut Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. The XL Center is the largest live entertainment and sports facility in Connecticut. The building features a seating capacity of over 15,000 and amenities including 42 luxury suites, 10 loge boxes, a lower level fan bar, a Director’s suite, and a club lounge. Surrounding the arena are a multitude of restaurants, hotels, and attractions within walking distance.

Visit Hartford.com for a full list. 




Hilton Hartford

Preferred Hotel of the XL Center - Connected to the XL Center

393 hotel rooms smack dab in the center of downtown Hartford. Family-friendly with special children’s activities, menus, and packages. Pet friendly for even large pets up to 75 lbs. Fitness room and indoor pool.

Hartford Marriott Downtown

Preferred Hotel of the XL Center

401 rooms, 8 suites on the Connecticut River, interconnected to Connecticut Convention Center; high-speed Internet access, spa & fitness center. Gorgeous pool on the top floor of the hotel overlooking the city and the CT River.

The Capital Hotel

Preferred Hotel of the XL Center

Enjoy chic accommodations and a convenient location at our smoke-free pet-friendly hotel located in downtown Hartford just minutes away (5-minute walk) from the XL Center. You’ll wake up with complimentary wifi, a newspaper, and a hot fresh breakfast to start your day. At the Capitol Hotel, they invite you to discover more than a place, here you can discover yourself.

Be sure to ask about our SPECIAL discounts for XL Center visitors.

Hampton Inn & Suites

Preferred Hotel of the XL Center 

351 Pitkin St., East Hartford, CT 06108

Phone: (860) 282-2500

The Goodwin

1 Haynes St., Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: (860) 246-1881 

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Hartford Manchester

121 Pavilions Drive, Manchester, CT 06042

Phone: (860) 648-9796

Residence Inn by Marriott

942 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: (806) 524-5550

Courtyard Hartford Windsor

1 Day Hill Rd., Windsor, CT, 06095

Phone: (860) 816-4963

For more info and group discount rates, contact Eva Jurewicz at Eva.Jurewicz@Marriott.com.

Days Inn Motel

207 Brainard Rd., Hartford, CT 06114

Phone: (860) 247-3297    

Candlewood Suites Hartford

370 Market St., Hartford, CT

Phone: (844) 996-3737

Best Western Hartford Hotel & Suites

185 Brainard Rd., Hartford, CT 06114

Phone: (860) 525-1000    

Super 8 Motel

57 West Service Rd., Hartford, CT 06120

Phone: (860) 246-8888      

Travel Inn Motel

100 Weston St., Hartford, CT 06120

Phone: (860) 742-0222 


Looking for somewhere fun to grab a bite to eat in Hartford? Look no further! The XL Center is within walking distance to so many great restaurants and bars that will give you a true taste of Connecticut. 

Click on the restaurant name for more information!


Tavern Downtown
Preferred Restaurant of the XL Center
201 Ann Uccello Street
(860) 524-9990 


Ted's Montana Grill
Preferred Restaurant of the XL Center
500 Evergreen Way, South Windsor
(860) 648-1100

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Herb n Kitchen - Hilton Hartford
Preferred Restaurant of the XL Center
315 Trumbull Street
(860) 240-7222

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Artichoke Pizza
Preferred Restaurant of the XL Center
114 Asylum Street
(860) 969-6128

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Sakura Garden
Preferred Restaurant of the XL Center
120 Hebron Avenue
(860) 430-5600

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Bears Smokehouse BBQ
Preferred Restaurant of the XL Center
25 Front Street
(860) 785-8772


Agave Grill 
100 Allyn Street, Hartford  
(860) 882-1557


Aladdin Halal
100 Allyn Street, Hartford
(860) 278-0202


Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
(860) 246-7610 


Bahn Meee
126 Ann Uccello Street
(860) 880-2264


Black Eyed Sally's
187 Allyn Street
(860) 278-7427


Blue State Coffee 
777 Main Street, Hartford 
(860) 216-1255

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City Steam Brewery & Cafe
942 Main Street
(860) 525-1600


Cornerstone Deli
529 Main Street
(860) 278-2923

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Dhaba Wala Indian Kitchen 
49 Asylum Street
(860) 232-1500

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El Pollo Guapo 
26 Front Street
(860) 246-2800


Feng Chophouse
93 Asylum Street
(860) 549-3364

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Fornarelli's Restorante
283 Asylum Street
(860) 244-2016


Four Dads Pub
114 Asylum Street
(860) 969-6128

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39 Front Street
(860) 422-7711
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Juice Up Juice Jar
231 Asylum Street 
(860) 247-2292

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Max Downtown 
185 Asylum Street 
(860) 522-2530

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Mm's Gyros and Spuds
24 Temple Street 
(860) 796-5589


Nolita Ristorante
93 Asylum Street
(860) 549-3364


Peppercorn's Grill
357 Main Street
(860) 574-1714


Pig's Eye Pub
356 Asylum Street
(860) 278-4747

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Red Rock Tavern
369 Capital Avenue
(860) 246-4527 


Republic at the Linden
10 Capital Avenue
(860) 310-3269


Rocking Horse Saloon
191 Ann Uccello Street
(860) 247-5239

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Rush Bowls
15 Front Street
(860) 933-1747


Saigon Kitchen 
40 Temple Street
(860) 244-2511


100 Trumbull Street
(860) 899-1350


901 Main Street
(860) 244-9084

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Spice Venue
81 Asylum Street
(860) 244-0000

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Sunberry Cafe
65 Pratt Street
(860) 241-0811

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Take Five Cookery
1 Financial Plaza
(860) 524-9669

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The Capital Grille
93 Asylum St
(860) 549-3364

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The Place 2 Be
5 Constitution Plaza
(860) 206-5115


The Russell
103 Pratt St
(860) 727-4014


The Russian Lady
191 Ann Uccello St.
(860) 247-5239


Trumbull Kitchen
93 Asylum St
(860) 549-3364


Vaughn's Public House
59 Pratt St.
(860) 882-1560

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V's Trattoria
280 Trumbull St.
(860) 904-5453


50 Elm Cafe & Spirits
50 Elm St.
(860) 206-3322


Bradley International Airport (BDL)

Flying into Bradley (BDL) is the easiest way to get to Hartford – it’s just 20 minutes north of the city. New routes and nonstop flights are constantly being added; for shorter flights connecting points in the Northeast U.S. and Canada, look into their regional airlines, or see how Bradley’s major airlines are serving every corner of the country.

DASH Route

DASH, CTTRANSIT's free circulator bus in downtown Hartford, operates enhanced service during major events. Click HERE for the map.

Regular dash service operates every weekday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., departing every 15 minutes from the Connecticut Convention Center. During major downtown events, enhancements may include later evening service on weekdays, as well as service on Saturdays and Sundays. The specific services planned for each major event are posted on the CTTRANSIT website. The dash Shuttle does not operate on weekends when there is no downtown event scheduled.

CT Rail

The Hartford Line is a commuter rail service between New Haven, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts, using Amtrak's New Haven–Springfield Line.

CT Fasttrack

CTfastrak routes are integrated with the CTtransit system, making it easy to connect, transfer and pay your fare.

The CTfastrak system provides direct service to and from Waterbury, Cheshire, Southington, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, Hartford, and Manchester with routes that take advantage of the bus-only CTfastrak roadway. The CTfastrak system provides a one-seat, no-transfer ride to many major regional employment, shopping and healthcare destinations as well as connections to the New Haven Line-Waterbury branch rail in Waterbury and CTrail Hartford Line service in Hartford.


Visiting from out of town?  To make your visit to the XL Center even more memorable, take Amtrak and discover some of the stories that can only be experienced aboard a train.  Amtrak offers convenient, affordable service to Hartford from Springfield, Windsor, Meriden, New Haven and points beyond and the XL Center is just a 5 minute walk from Hartford Union Station.  Visit Amtrak.com for schedules and fares.    

CT Transit

CT Transit runs all the city buses in the area. If you have any questions about which bus to take where, the website is really helpful, but if it’s not helpful enough, their customer service line listed above is answered by an actual person, who totally knows how to get you where you’re going. (860-525-9181)

Greyhound Bus Lines

Greyhound Bus Line is an affordable alternative to get around downtown Hartford.  This line offers a number of flexible options to best fit your travel needs.

Peter Pan Bus LInes

Peter Pan runs regular busses out of Hartford to 85 different destinations in the northeast.