When the Hartford Civic Center had a purpose- home to the NHL Hartford Whalers- it was better upkept and current. Now it is an eyesore of concrete and antiquated cavernous spaces. The conventions they have here are probably better suited for smaller venues or better space design. The Civic Center Mall is a sad sight indeed- only a couple stores and restaurants. The Civic Center arena is huge, but uncomfortable seating, and overpriced drinks make it not worth seeing a show here.