Central Florida’s Lakeland Center arena, home to conventions, sports and entertainment since 1974, is slated to undergo a $14 million transformation beginning in spring 2017, bringing expansion and upgrades to the multi-purpose site.
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce announced that a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will initiate the process of obtaining architectural and engineering services for the popular venue. Following contractor selection, Lakeland Center leadership will determine general budget, design and construction details.
Jenkins Arena, named for the founder of Publix Super Markets, will attain increased accessibility along with improvements to concessions, concourse areas and restroom facilities, while redesigns of Sikes Hall and Exhibit Hall will yield expanded display space, additional meeting rooms and enhancements such as carpeting, lighting and interior design.
“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,” Tony Camarillo, Lakeland Center’s executive director, said.
The 8,178-seat multipurpose center offers a wide variety of activities. For the duration of 2016, activities range from summer ice skating and a fancy flea market to a boat show and a Bruce Springsteen concert.
Additionally, The Who, Led Zeppelin and other eminent musicians, wrestling, Repticon, comedian Rich Little, the musicals Fame and 42nd Street, and the Moscow Ballet are all scheduled for Floridians’ enjoyment.