Frequently Asked Planning Questions

What types of events can be held at RP Funding Center?
RP Funding Center is a multi-use facility in that we offer 4 distinct venues under one roof. 
The George Jenkins Arena plays host to concerts, rodeos, basketball tournaments, arena football, volleyball, cheer competitions, dog shows, monster trucks, ice skating and so much more. With seating for up to 7500, your events promise to be a success. 
The Youkey Theatre is a full-service Broadway Theatre and is the home of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Polk County. RP Funding Center's annual Broadway & Entertainment series takes place here, as well as dance competitions, concerts, comedy shows and numerous other special events. 
The Exhibit Hall & Sikes Hall combine to offer over 50,000 square feet of fexible meeting and exhibit hall space for events. Trade and consumer shows, banquets for up to 1,500, seminars, conventions and meetings will benefit from this flexible space. 

Where is RP Funding Center located in Florida? 
We are conveniently located between Tampa & Orlando, via Interstate 4. Lakeland is the largest city within in Polk County.

What is the closet airport to RP Funding Center?
RP Funding Center is very accessible to either Tampa or Orlando International Airports, both located about 45 minutes away from RP Funding Center. All major rental cars agencies are located at Tampa and Orlando, so getting to Lakeland from the airport is easy.

Where do attendees park once they arrive at RP Funding Center?
The center provides 3,000 parking spaces for event attendees. Find out more.

Does the RP Funding Center have an on-site hotel? 
Yes, the Hyatt Place Hotel is attached to RP Funding Center. This hotel offers 127 beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities you would expect from a Hyatt property. There are an additional 1,000 hotel rooms within 10 minutes of the facility. Find out more information

Is RP Funding Center a union building?
We are a non-union building. Florida is a right-to-work state. 

How do I book an event? 
Please call the sales office at 863-834-5110 or fill out and email the RFP