New Name for the Lakeland Center

Lakeland, FL ― On May 23, 2017, the City of Lakeland announced that the Lakeland Center, formerly the Lakeland Civic Center, will now be known as the RP Funding Center.

Not only is the FP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center) the home to the Lakeland Magic, it is also known for hosting many events including sporting events, meetings, cultural events and more. The RP Funding Center is a multi-purpose entertainment complex which includes an 8,000 seat arena, 2,200 seat theter, and 100,000 sq. ft of meeting and exhibition space.

The re-naming of this venue is a part of a five-year alliance formed by RP Funding, the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic. RP Funding is a direct-mortgage lender based out of Orlando.

“We’re thrilled to forge this partnership with the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic,” said RP Funding President/Owner Robert Palmer. “As a Lakeland native, I’m excited about making an impact in my hometown and the opportunities this partnership provides with the City and the Magic while building and growing RP Funding in Central Florida and beyond.”

With the naming-rights agreement, RP Funding will receive exterior and interior building signage. The new signage is expected to be installed within a month. The agreement also includes television, radio, print and social media promotion.

“We’re pleased to generate additional revenue sources, continuing our goal to operate a self-sustaining venue,” said RP Funding Center Executive Director Tony Camarillo.  “With more than 500events per year, we are confident the RP Funding Center will continue to serve as a key venue for Lakeland’s sporting, meeting, entertainment, cultural and special events.”

“We’re looking forward to many memorable moments ahead in the RP Funding Center,” said Lakeland Magic President Shelly Wilkes. “RP Funding represents the excellence we strive for in bringing our product to our fans and stakeholders. We are excited to bring RP Funding on board. This is a win-win-win situation for the City of Lakeland, RP Funding and the Lakeland Magic.”

For more information on the RP Funding Center, visit

For more information about RP Funding and Rober Palmer Companies, visit

For more information on the City of Lakeland, visit

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