New Manager Selected For XL Center, Rentschler Field

The Capitol Region Development Authority today voted to move forward with Global Spectrum as the next manager of the XL Center and Rentschler Field.

CRDA officials said the numbers added up best for Global, which is owned by Comcast.

According to a report by CRDA officials, the agreement could lead to about $20-million in improvements to the XL Center, like new loge boxes in the lower part of the coliseum, upgraded food concessions, expansion of the concession concourse into vacant mall space, more signs and video screens, and a VIP lounge.

The agreement is contingent on Global being able to secure an agreement with an AHL team by March 1.  That team is likely the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers affiliate, which already plays it home games at the XL Center.

The outcome represents a change.  An organization connected with the Bushnell currently manages Rentschler Field.  AEG currently manages the XL Center.

Authority officials say Global has already had discussions to keep the Whale in place.

Authority board members say there will be savings, from having one organization manage both venues.

UConn’s football team plays at Rentschler Field, where concerts and other sports events are also held.  Along with Connecticut Whale hockey, the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams play some of their games at the XL Center.  The XL also hosts concerts and other events.


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