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Officials open bidding for Hartford arena

April 30, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut are looking to sell Hartford’s aging downtown arena.

The Hartford Courant reports the Capital Regional Development Authority opened bidding for the XL Center on Monday. The authority is a quasi-public agency created by the General Assembly to manage various Hartford development projects, including the XL Center, which is owned by the city.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had proposed the state spend $250 million to upgrade the facility during an unsuccessful campaign last year to keep it in government hands.

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Authority Executive Director Michael Freimuth says the CRDA has received multiple bids. Freimuth says any proposals will probably need “some state participation.”

The arena currently hosts University of Connecticut basketball and hockey games as well as other events. Proposals are due by June 29.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com