Renovation Information

Renovation Press Release


Jason Refermat
Director of Marketing

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Lakeland, FL – RP Funding Center will begin a $14 million dollar renovation starting in Spring 2017 with the focus being the consolidation its two convention halls, Sikes Hall and Exhibit Hall into 50,000 square feet of continuous exhibition space. In addition the number of break-out and meeting rooms will increase by more than fifty percent, along with additional upgrades including; carpeting, lighting and increased pre-function space. 


The George Jenkins Arena, once the “home to rock n’ roll” in central Florida which remains pretty much as it did since opening in 1974 will be retrofitted to become more ADA accessible with the addition of elevators and an escalator. There will also be space upgrades, and a facelift to arena’s exterior entrances, concession stands, restrooms and concourse areas.

The renovation is to be funded by means of a partnership between the City of Lakeland and the Polk County Tourist Development Council.  The project funds will be derived via a bond issue backed by the full faith and credit of the City of Lakeland.  Debt service payments for the bond issue will be shared through a contractual agreement with the Polk County Tourist Development Council. The process will start with the development of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Architectural and Engineering services to begin the overall budget, design and final construction schedule.


RP Funding Center last underwent renovation in 1996 which featured the addition of the Exhibit Hall; meeting rooms and enclosing all the venues under one roof.

“We’re very excited about the upcoming renovations to our facility and are committed to our customers to make everything as seamless as possible during the construction process,” said Tony Camarillo, Executive Director of the RP Funding Center.

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 RP Funding Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; the RP Funding Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week through or by calling 888-397-0100.