Around the Arena
Located in the heart of Downtown Hartford, Connecticut, the XL Center is home to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack 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 Directors' suite, and a club lounge. Surrounding the arena are a multitude of restaurants, hotels, and attractions within walking distance.
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Preferred Hotel of the XL Center - Connected to the XL Center
A cozy 170-room hotel located in the heart of downtown Hartford. We offer smoke-free and pet-friendly rooms, an indoor pool, a fitness center, free WiFi, and all-day dining at our restaurant with outdoor seating in the warmer months.
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.
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.
Looking for other hotel options? Visit CTVisit.com.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
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's name for more information!
Ted's Montana Grill
Herb n Kitchen - Hilton Hartford
Looking for more restaurant suggestions? Visit CTVisit.com.
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, 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.
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 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)