Baton Rouge River Center
|Baton Rouge River Center|
Convention Center logo
|Former names||Riverside Centroplex|
|Location||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Owner||City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
The Baton Rouge River Center completed in 1977 was originally named the Riverside Centroplex. It is a municipally owned multi-purpose 200,000 square feet (20,000 m²) entertainment facility located on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana.
It is maintained by a private management company, SMG, which presents more than five hundred events a year, including concerts, conventions, sporting events, trade shows and theater productions.
Exhibition and Performance facilities
The Exhibition Hall provides a total of 70,000 square feet (7,000 m²) of convention or exhibit space after a 2011 expansion of an additional 10,000 sq ft (1,000 m²). This can be combined with the Arena to create more than 100,000 square feet (10,000 m²) of contiguous convention or exhibit space.
The Grand Ballroom provides 26,150 square feet (2,429 m²) of multi-purpose space.
Theater for Performing Arts
The Theatre for Performing Arts provides seating for up to 1,900 people. It is used for performances of theatre, musicals, and symphony orchestras.
Past events held in the Riverside Centroplex / River Center exhibition and performance facilities include:
The Baton Rouge River Center Arena presents sports, concerts, trade shows, and family shows, with seating for up to 12,000 for concerts, 8,900 for sporting events, and 4,500 for theatre events.
- ECHL Baton Rouge Kingfish (1996-2003)
- EISL Baton Rouge Bombers (1997-1998)
- IPFL Louisiana Bayou Beast (1999)
- af2 Baton Rouge Blaze (2001)
Past events held in the Riverside Centroplex / River Center Arena include:
- WCW Clash of the Champions (January 27, 1994)
- WCW Slamboree (May 19, 1996)
- WCW house show (non-televised) (May 30, 1999)
- WCW Thunder (October 14, 1999)
- WWE Raw (October 1, 2001)
- ECW house show (non-televised) (October 8, 2006)
- WWE SmackDown house show (January 22, 2007)
- WWE Raw house show (June 30, 2007)
- WWE SmackDown and ECW (July 8, 2008)
- WWE Raw (March 4, 2011)
- American Idol (October 5 - October 6, 2012)
- Miss USA 2014 (June 8, 2014)