No design flaw here! Built in 1975, the Hartford Civic Center seated 10,507 for hockey, and served as the home of the (then) New England Whalers. In the early morning on January 18, 1978, the weight of the snow from a heavy storm coupled with a faulty roof design caused the Civic Center roof to collapse. There were no injuries. The building was heavily renovated and re-opened January 1980. In December 2007, the Center was renamed when the arena's naming rights were sold to XL Group insurance company.
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