Officials: Hartford’s XL Center overdue for several upgrades

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HARTFORD — The Capitol Region Development Authority says Hartford‘s XL Center is long overdue for several improvements that will likely be made in piecemeal after no state money was made available for a major overhaul.

Gov. Dannel Malloy didn’t include the $250 million needed for a full-scale renovation of the 41-year-old former home of the NHL’s Hartford Whalers in his capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

In response, the CRDA plans to seek approximately $3.5 million in state bond funds to replace the city-owned arena’s ice-making system and an elevator that no longer operates. A portion of the bond funds would also be put toward upgrading security systems.

A study conducted last year found that replacing the XL Center with a brand new arena would cost approximately $500 million.