I know people hate to admit it, but Hartford itself is on the uptick. The minor league baseball stadium and Hooker brewery would be fantastic additions. If there was a brewery to stop by after the game, I would be in love. A lot of young people are moving to the West End of Hartford, especially. But even downtown is seeing some resurgence. There are also a ton of great restaurants there.
I live in New Haven and quite frankly, the ride to Hartford is just a lot easier for me to talk myself into. Forget Fairfield County. It's a long way.
Maybe that makes us lesser fans. Dunno, don't care. I just know the XL Center isn't as terrible as people make it out to be, and I am excited to go there tomorrow morning for a nice, early game, and have the whole day ahead of me afterwards.