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Coordinates: 28°02?28?N 81°57?49?W / 28.041053°N 81.963619°W / 28.041053; -81.963619

RP Funding Center
The Lakeland Center logo
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Aerial view of complex (c.2018)
Former namesLakeland Civic Center (1974-94)
Lakeland Center (1994-2017)
Address701 W Lime St
Lakeland, Florida 33815-4534
LocationDowntown Lakeland
OwnerCity of Lakeland
Capacity
Venues
  • Jenkins Arena: 8,178
  • YouKey Theatre: 2,236
  • Exhibit Hall: 2,834
  • Sikes Hall: 1,865
  • Lake Hollingsworth Ballroom: 468
  • Lake Parker Room: 164
  • Lake Morton Room: 110
OpenedNovember 16, 1974
Tenants
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) (1983–84)
Lakeland Loggerheads (WHA2) (2003-04)
Lakeland Thunderbolts (NIFL/AIFA) (2005-07)
Lakeland/Florida Marine Raiders (UIFL/XLIF) (2012-15)
Central Florida Jaguars (AIF) (2016)
Florida Tropics SC (MASL) (2016-present)
Lakeland Magic (NBA G League) (2017-present)
Florida Tarpons (AAL) (2018)
Tampa Bay Tornadoes (AAL) (2021-present)

The RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Civic Center and the Lakeland Center) is a multipurpose entertainment complex in Lakeland, Florida, comprising a convention center, arena and theater. Currently, it is home to the Florida Tropics SC of the Major Arena Soccer League and the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic's affiliate in the NBA G League.[1]

About

It was home to the Lakeland Loggerheads of the World Hockey Association 2 during the 2003-04 season, the Lakeland Thunderbolts of the National Indoor Football League and later the American Indoor Football Association from 2005 until 2007, the Lakeland Raiders of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (later to be known as the Florida Marine Raiders of X-League Indoor Football) from 2012 until 2015, and the Central Florida Jaguars of the American Indoor Football in 2016. In 2018, the Florida Tarpons of the American Arena League relocated to Lakeland to use the arena for its home games.[2]

The South Florida Bulls men's basketball team played many home games at the then Lakeland Civic Center throughout the 1970s, and during the 2011-12 season when the Sun Dome was being renovated.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies of the defunct North American Soccer League used the arena for indoor soccer on several occasions including three of their sixteen home games during the 1983-84 indoor season. This would also prove to be the league's final indoor campaign before suspending operations following the 1984 outdoor season.[3]

The logo of arena until 2017.

In 1975 and 1976 the arena hosted National Hockey League exhibition matches between the Minnesota North Stars and the Atlanta Flames. Atlanta won both matches by the scores of 3-2 and 5-2, respectively.[4][5] Beginning with their inaugural season (1992-93), the Tampa Bay Lightning used the center for training camp and exhibition games for several years. On September 23, 1992, hockey history was made as Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL exhibition game as the Tampa Bay Lightning played against the St. Louis Blues.[6]

Elvis Presley played the Civic Center on April 27, 1975 (two shows, a matinee and an evening performance) and another evening performance on April 28, 1975. He played the center again a year later on September 4, 1976 (two performances, a matinee and an evening show).

The Grateful Dead performed at the arena on May 21, 1977. The show makes up half of the archival live album, Dick's Picks Volume 29.

Duran Duran played here on March 26, 1984 as part of their Sing Blue Silver world tour.

Bon Jovi performed two back to back, sold-out shows at the arena in September 1989 as part of their New Jersey Syndicate Tour. The shows were recorded and some tracks released as B-Sides.

Slayer performed here during the Clash of the Titans tour on July 13, 1991, headlining together with Megadeth and Anthrax, and supported by Alice in Chains. Slayer's set was recorded and released as part of a double live-album, entitled Decade of Aggression.

U2 started the Zoo Tv Tour on February 29, 1992 with a sold out concert with a total of 7,400 people.

References

  1. ^ Fredericksen, Brady (December 14, 2016). "Orlando Magic D-League team to play in Lakeland, practice in Winter Haven". The Ledger.
  2. ^ "FLORIDA TARPONS MAKE RP FUNDING CENTER HOME". Florida Tarpons. September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Beard, Randy (November 5, 1983). "Don't hold your breath as Rowdies unveil schedule". Evening Independent. p. 4-C. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "26 Sep 1975, 38 - Tampa Bay Times". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "25 Sep 1976, 70 - Tampa Bay Times". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Kearney, Mark; Ray, Randy (30 September 2006). Whatever Happened To-- ?: Catching Up with Canadian Icons. Dundurn. ISBN 9781550026542. Retrieved 2017 – via Google Books.

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