RP Funding Center

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RP Funding Center
The Lakeland Center logo
Former names Lakeland Civic Center (November 1974–June 1994)
The Lakeland Center (June 1994–May 2017)
Location 701 West Lime Street,
Lakeland, Florida 33815
Coordinates 28°02′28″N 81°57′49″W / 28.041053°N 81.963619°W / 28.041053; -81.963619Coordinates: 28°02′28″N 81°57′49″W / 28.041053°N 81.963619°W / 28.041053; -81.963619
Capacity Jenkins Arena: 8,178
Youkey Theatre: 2,296
Opened November 1974
Tenants
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) (1983–1984)
Lakeland Loggerheads (WHA2) (2003–2004)
Lakeland Thunderbolts (NIFL/AIFA) (2005–2007)
Florida Marine Raiders (UIFL/XLIF) (2012–2015)
Central Florida Jaguars (AIF) (2016)
Florida Tropics SC (MASL) (2016–present)
Lakeland Magic (NBA G League) (2017–present)

RP Funding Center (originally Lakeland Civic Center, and later The Lakeland Center) is an 8,178-seat multi-purpose arena and theatre located in Lakeland, Florida. It opened in November 1974 as the Lakeland Civic Center, became the Lakeland Center in June 1994 and the RP Funding Center in May 2017.[1]

Currently, it is home to the Florida Tropics SC of the Major Arena Soccer League. Beginning in the fall of 2017, it will be home to the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic's affiliate in the NBA Gatorade League.[2]

The logo of arena until 2017.

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.

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 arena has hosted many professional wrestling events by WCW and WWE.

It was here where KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted, during a concert on December 12, 1976.

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.

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