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RP Funding Center

RP Funding Center is a multi-purpose entertainment complex featuring the 8,000-seat Jenkins Arena, 2,200-seat Youkey Theatre and 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. The facility hosts a wide variety of events ranging from nationally renowned artists, family shows, athletic events, trade shows, conventions, weddings and ride-and-drive showcases.

Central Florida’s premiere entertainment, sports and convention venue offers loads of indoor entertainment, and is within walking distance of downtown Lakeland’s unique shopping and dining options.

Entertainment Complex in Lakeland

The RP Funding Center hosts a wide variety of events ranging from nationally renowned artists, family shows, athletic events, trade shows, conventions, meetings and weddings. Situated in sunny Central Florida and conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida. The RP Funding Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida and is a key destination stop for all types of events.

Broadway Series

Theatre lovers enjoying a Central Florida vacation will enjoy the RP Funding Center’s annual Broadway Series, featuring five Tony Award winning and nationally touring productions. Enjoy upbeat musicals, on the edge-of-your-seat dramas and timeless classics. Locals who subscribe to their Broadway Series Subscription Package receive entrance into all five shows, free parking, priority seating, special discounts and 10 percent off pre-show dining.

Build-A-Series

Mix and Match, pick and choose… the possibilities are endless this year with our “Build-A-Series” Package designed for those who want to personalize their own theatrical experience! Select 3 or more shows from our season offerings and you’ll enjoy discounted ticket prices and a 10% discount on pre-show dining. Flexible and personal, the “Build-A-Series” Package provides a fully-customized approach, allowing you to build a theatre season that fits your schedule and budget!

Complimentary parking passes are available on initial purchase of five or more shows. Please contact a box office representative for more information. “Build-A-Series” Packages are only available at the box office. Call 863-834-8111 and start building today!

Other Entertaining Shows

The RP Funding Center brings down the house with thrilling live concerts, ballets, standup comedy, dance performances and more.

Famous groups and performers who have graced the RP Funding Center with their presence include: Bill Gaither, Peter Cetera, Paul Anka, Celtic Woman, Brian Regan, Sesame Street, Mannheim Steamroller, Jay Leno and Shen Yun.

Conventions & Expos

The RP Funding Center is home to over 400 events annually that attracts over 500,000 patrons. Annual favorites for Central Florida visitors include Collectorama, featuring collectibles including currency, knives, watches and more; The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo; Snowbird Extravaganza, which features 50,000 sq. ft. of vendors and entertainment; The Outdoor Life Field & Stream Expo and The Lakeland VW Classic, which is held outdoors and features multiple vendors with a parts swap.

Accommodations Nearby

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland

Built in 2020, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland is an all-suite hotel giving you room to move with spacious accommodations, full-service bar featuring an evening menu with innovative food offerings, fitness center and meeting space.

Hyatt Place at RP Funding Center

The recently renovated Hyatt Place Lakeland Center is located next to the RP Funding Center. It features Wi-Fi, and outdoor pool, gym, continental breakfast and a 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market.

Dining Nearby

Most events feature pre-show dining from the Center Stage Café, as well as a concession and bar.

Staying in the downtown area during your Central Florida vacation has its perks. You’ll be within walking distance of downtown Lakeland, so you can try out sure bets like Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille and Texas Cattle Company, or local favorites like The Purple Onion Deli-Grill, Silver Ring Café, and The Chop Shop.

Our favorite downtown Lakeland coffee shops include Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro, Mitchell’s Coffee House and Divicious Deli and Coffee Shop.

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