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 is Central Florida’s multi-purpose entertainment complex. Formerly known as The Lakeland Center, the complex features the 5,600 seat Jenkins Arena, the 2,220 seat Youkey Theatre and 100,000 sq. ft. 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 drives.
The Entertainment complex is within walking distance of downtown Lakeland’s unique shopping and dining options.
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.
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.
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.
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.