ENTERTAINMENT IN CONNECTICUT

Tony Award-winning regional theatres, resident symphonies, college and university performances, and music. Music from classical to rock and everything in between performed in concert halls, bars, and band shells. And sports, championship college and semi-pro teams compete for your enjoyment.

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The Comcast Theatre

Located in Hartford, Connecticut, The Comcast Theatre is an outdoor/indoor amphitheater that hosts concerts featuring the biggest names in music. One of the largest amphitheaters in the country, the venue’s capacity is over 30,000, with the indoor area holding 7,500 and the outdoor lawn area holding an additional 22,500 during the summer months.

XL Center

Located in Hartford, Connecticut, The XL Center has entertained millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, ice-skating spectaculars, consumer events and trade shows throughout the season.  The XL Center will continue to be the center for sports and entertainment for Hartford and the state of Connecticut for years to come.

Oakdale Theatre

Located in Wallingford, Connecticut, the Oakdale Theater is one of the Northeast’s premier concert venues. The 4600-seat theatre has a proscenium stage with high tech audio equipment and visual lighting. Over the years, Oakdale has hosted its share of popular entertainment stars, with its most recent performers including Avenged Sevenfold, Drake, the Jonas Brothers, and Keith Urban. Family programming is also popular at Oakdale with matinee shows featuring children’s performers like The Wiggles.

Connecticut Sports

The Uconn Huskies

The Huskies have grown into a perennial powerhouse, playing in front of sold out crowds and winning National Championships, and the XL Center continues to be the home away from home for both the University of Connecticut Men and Women’s basketball programs. The XL Center has been the proud host of the Big East Conference Women’s Basketball Championship for the past eight years and has extended the contract until 2013.

The Connecticut Whale

The Connecticut Whale is the proud AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, calling the XL Center their home, as the only major league sports team based in Hartford. This year the XL Center saw hockey game attendance double and the popularity of The Whale continues to rise.

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The New Britain Stadium is home to the New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball team, with seating for over 6000 fans. Daily promotions and additional special events add even more fun to your trip including family fun day, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and post-game fireworks. Also, be sure to take your kids to the Fun Zone to enjoy its interactive games, obstacle course, and moon bounce.

Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. Home games are at the Webster Bank Arena and the fan base is loyal and rowdy when the Tigers hit the ice. The team has been successful, with only two losing seasons in its history.

Symphony Orchestras

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the fourth oldest orchestra in the United States. The symphony has come a long way since its first concert in 1895, as it is now made up of 70 professionals performing both a Symphony Series at Woolsey Hall in New Haven on selected Thursday nights, and The Pops Series at the Shubert Theatre on selected Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Located in Hartford Connecticut, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier musical organization. The Hartford Symphony is the second largest orchestra in New England and widely recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras in the region.

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

Located in New London, Connecticut, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of the region by performing high quality music and serving the community by reaching children of pre-school age through senior citizens enjoying their golden years. The Symphony’s music-in-the-schools programs are presented throughout the elementary schools, kindergarten through middle school.