Northland Exits XL Operations

Management changes are ahead for the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., where AEG will now handle operations minus real estate developer partner Northland Investment Corp.

The AEG/Northland partnership was chosen by the Connecticut Development Authority to manage the venue in 2007. Authority president Marie O’Brien said the transfer illustrates AEG’s continued dedication to the city.

“This shows AEG’s commitment to Hartford, to downtown and to the market,” she told the Hartford Courant.

Still, Northland won’t be entirely out of the picture for the venue.

Northland spokeswoman Mary Brennan Coursey told the paper the action will “allow both firms to focus on their core business,” but added that “Northland and AEG will continue to work closely together to make the venue the premier regional entertainment destination.”