The Lakeland Center is an 8,178 seat multi-purpose arena and theatre in Lakeland, Florida located between Tampa and Orlando. It opened in
November 1974 as The Lakeland Civic Center ( See original logo above with a large red "L" a medium blue "C" and a small red "C" that stands for
Lakeland Civic Center ) and gained its current name The Lakeland Center in June 1994.
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.
Some amazing concerts took place there: Aerosmith two nights on the Toys in the Attic tour, Van Halen on the Van Halen II tour, Foreigner with the Cars
opening in 1978, Queen on the Jazz tour, Journey with the Babys opening in 1980, Black Sabbath on the Heaven & Hell tour with Riot opening, Saxon
opening for Rush, Van Halen on the Fair Warning tour, AC/DC on the For Those About to Rock tour, Cheap Trick on the All Shook Up tour with Pete
Comita on bass, the Plasmatics opening for KISS on the Creatures of the Night tour with Vinnie in the ankh make-up, Def Leppard on the Pyromania
tour, Iron Maiden on the Number of the Beast tour, Ozzy Osbourne touring for Bark at the Moon with Jake E. Lee on guitar, Judas Priest on the
Defenders of the Faith tour, Twisted Sister and Ratt less than a week apart in October 1984, Dokken opening for Dio on the The Last In Line tour,
W.A.S.P. opening for Quiet Riot on the Condition Critical tour, Twisted Sister again opening for Iron Maiden on the World Slavery Tour, Dio again with
Ruff Cutt opening, Yngwie Malmsteen opening for AC/DC, Dokken opening for Judas Priest, Cinderella opening for David Lee Roth two nights in 1986,
Yngwie again opening for Maiden, Guns N' Roses opening for Motley Crue two nights on the Girls Girls Girls tour, Queensryche with Def Leppard,
Cinderella with Judas Priest, Queensryche with Metallica, Kix opening for Ratt.
|1974 to 1994
|1994 to Present