state. We continuously seek out various
other sporting events that would be appro-
priate for a convention center to host.”
Blocks from the CTCC, XL Center, Con-
necticut’s largest sports and entertainment
facility, features the 15,635-seat Coliseum
and nearly 69,000 square feet of flexible
expo space. Home teams include the
American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf
Pack and University of Connecticut men’s
and women’s basketball, as well as men’s
ice hockey. In March 2019, the arena will
host first and second round NCAA Division
I Men’s Basketball Tournament action,
returning to Connecticut for the first time
in 21 years.
Opened in April 2017, 6,146-seat
Dunkin’ Donuts Park is home of the minor
league Hartford Yard Goats. The stadium,
Ballpark Digest’s “Best Double-A Ballpark”
this year and last, flexibly hosts convention
and corporate gatherings, college sports,
festivals and more.
Home of University of Connecticut football, 40,642-seat Pratt & Whitney Stadium
at Rentschler Field in East Hartford also
hosts professional and collegiate sporting
events and offers 7,500-plus square feet of
Site of the annual Head of the Riverfront
Regatta, dragon boat races and more,
Victorian-era Riverside Park’s amenities
include a challenge course, riverfront trails
and athletic fields. Groups can rent the
Riverfront Boathouse for social events such
as New England seafood bakes.
Built into a quarry an hour south of Hartford, Brownstone Exploration & Discovery
Park features ziplining, rock climbing,
swimming and teambuilding programs.
Centers of Action
With 2,230 luxurious rooms and suites
in four hotels and 150,000 square feet of
meeting and convention space, Foxwoods
Resort Casino is maintaining top competitive form with a host of recent activity-re-lated investments.
High-adrenaline attractions include the
Foxwoods Thrill Tower’s two extreme free-
fall rides, and the High Flyer
Zipline experience. Four
parallel lines zip riders
from atop the 32-story
Fox Tower down to the
Museum & Research
Center at up to 60 mph.
up with recognized
karting industry leader
On Track Karting to create
a new high-performance,
European-style indoor karting center.
Scheduled for late July 2018, the multilev-el indoor kart track is reportedly among
the longest and fastest ever constructed.
Guests experience a true motorsport feeling in gas-powered, nine-horsepower karts.
Slated to open fall 2018 in the Fox Tower
Casino, the new Topgolf Swing Suite offers
dynamic event and social space for groups.
“We are determined to transition Fox-
woods into a full-service resort destina-
tion, and our partnership with Topgolf is
another step in the right direction,” said
Jason Guyot, senior vice president of resort
operations. “Not only will this add a new
cutting-edge bar experience to the Fox
Tower, it will also help align the resort with
our 36 holes of championship golf at Lake
Consistently top-ranked nationally, Lake
of Isles features the Troon Golf Academy
and Matches Tavern for dining and events.
Located in the newly designed Great
Cedar Casino, the multi-sensory PLAY Arena Foxwoods features 30-plus gaming
stations and an expansive video wall showcasing sporting events, live and animated
content and more.
Mohegan Sun has new group muscle.
This May, Mohegan Tribal officials and
other dignitaries officially inaugurated
the new $80 million Earth Expo & Convention Center. Featuring 125,000 square
feet of column-free, naturally lit space,
the 250,000-square-foot expansion puts
Mohegan Sun in commanding position
for Northeast consumer and association
tradeshows and events.
Arriving in time for Mohegan Sun’s
third consecutive hosting of automobile
giant Barrett-Jackson’s annual Northeast
Auction, the Center is already well booked
for 2018 and 2019. Other selling points
include the 20,000-square-foot Earth
Ballroom, 15 high-tech meeting rooms,
executive boardroom, ample prefunction
space and 3,500-square-foot wraparound
outdoor terrace. Scheduled to
open in winter 2018 inside
the new venue, GAME ON!,
is a 23,000-square-foot
arcade, bar and restau-
rant with amenities that
include an eight-lane
luxury bowling alley,
ping-pong tables and
65-foot bar with craft beers
and specialty cocktails.
Along with Connecticut
Sun basketball (May to October),
globally ranked multipurpose Mohegan
Sun Arena also hosts New England Black
Wolves professional indoor lacrosse action
and boxing events. The Mohegan Sun
Golf Club hosts group outings, events and
Participating in the meetings industry
is akin to athletic competition. When
organizing, preparing and traveling to a
show, planners and delegates are engaged
in constant thought, action and motion.
It’s challenging, invigorating, and all about
winning results. Afterward, it’s time to rest
and savor rewards, and for Mystic Country
groups, the Spa at Norwich Inn is just the
Combining a luxurious destination spa
with historic (1929) 49-room Inn and 50
villas on 42 country acres, this perennial
award-winner is a classy address for corporate meetings, retreats and social functions. With newly renovated spaces such
as the 250-capacity Grand Ballroom and
150-capacity Hunt Room, it’s where peak
performers stay ready for the game.
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