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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The chairman and chief executive of Whalers Sports and Entertainment has unveiled a $105 million renovation of Hartford’s XL Center to include an IMAX theater, restaurant and bar.

The Hartford Courant reports  that the plan Howard Baldwin presented Tuesday is based on the possibility that the NHL will return to Hartford in 2017. Baldwin brought the NHL’s Whalers to Connecticut in the 1970s. That team played in the XL Center.

Construction would start next year and end in 2014. Plans call for a market and food court, broadcast studio at street level and a Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood restaurant.

The XL Center now has the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League as its primary tenant. The UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams also play there.
Information from: The Hartford Courant,

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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