Hartford Civic Center - Hartford, CT
The Hartford Civic Center opened in January 1975. It is the current home to the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack (the New York Rangers' minor league affiliate) and the home away from home for the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball programs. Until 1997, it was also the home of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, now the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Civic Center has presented over 550 concerts by more than 250 different performers, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Grateful Dead, Luciano Pavarotti, Billy Joel, Elton John, U2, Eric Clapton, Janet Jackson, Andrea Bocelli and Rod Stewart. It has also hosted the NHL Entry Draft and All Star Game, World Figure Skating Championships, NBA basketball, Championship Boxing, the NCAA Tournament and the 1996 Presidential Debate.
Prior to No Way Out 2000, the Civic Center was the host for two of the most memorable and significant events in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. In 1990, Survivor Series came to Hartford, and Undertaker made his WWE debut that night. In 1995, WrestleMania XI saw NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeat Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event.
The Hartford Civic Center was also the home of Vengeance in July 2004, where Edge defeated Randy Orton to win the Intercontinental Championship and Chris Benoit pinned Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event.