Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center

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History

The Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center in Bakersfield, California is one of the most exciting entertainment venues in the country. It is located in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, and first opened its doors in the early 1960s. It was originally constructed to attract convention trade to the city, but soon became a venue for top-notch entertainment. The first show to be performed at the facility featured the Ice Capades. Not only was it one of the first convention centers to hold such an event, it was also one of the first buildings of its kind to feature modern design and architecture. It also featured one of the largest stages in the world. It became the home of the Bakersfield Symphony and attracted large Broadway musical productions because of its state-of-the-art facilities.

In the late 1970s, the theater underwent massive renovations and expansions that would include the addition of a large convention center area and an adjacent hotel that would help bring more visitors, not only to the facility but to the town of Bakersfield. The building was once again remodeled in the late 1980s with the addition of a 10,000 sports arena. It was renamed the Centennial Garden and Convention Center. It included room for large crowds and a staging area for large productions and live shows. The building was again renamed in 2005 when the Rabobank signed a 10-year agreement with the city.

The theater has become a hot spot for some of the most exciting music and theater productions in the country, and has several areas in which shows may be performed. There is a concert hall, an exhibit hall and a lobby, which is also used for seating in some events and a Stagehouse. The convention center continues to host intense matchups between the Bakersfield Condors and their biggest rivals. In the coming months the theater and convention center will not only be the site of many exciting games featuring the Condors, but they will also host events like WWE Live, the Harlem Globetrotters and Hello Dolly. Don't miss a moment of the action at this exciting entertainment venue.


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center in Bakersfield, California. Not only is it one of the most beautiful theater venues in the country, but it also hosts some of the most exciting live performances around. The facility first opened in the early 1960s. It first served as just a space for the performing arts, hosting events put on by the Bakersfield Symphony and Broadway productions. Then, in the late 1970s, the city began to make plans to expand the theater into a multi-purpose convention center, which would incorporate the existing theater. This first expansion was completed in 1980, which allowed for the facility to host larger events and conventions.

Then in the late 1990s, the venue was modified once more with the addition of the sports arena. With the addition of the sports complex, Bakersfield was able to acquire the ECHL hockey team, the Bakersfield Condors, which helped bring thousands of visitors to the complex each year. The Condors have become a winning team, earning an affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. The Condors finished their first season as Ducks' affiliates first in their division. The team is now affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers and continues to conquer the competition, attracting fans from all over the area.

Today, the auditorium hosts musicals, comedies and dramatic theatrical productions, sporting events and some of the biggest conventions on the West Coast. In the coming months the facility will host some intense matches between the Bakersfield Condors and their toughest competition, musical productions like Hello Dolly and live events like WWE Live, an appearance by the Harlem Globetrotters and concerts featuring megastars like Gabriel Iglesias. There's never a dull moment at this fantastic venue, and you won't want to miss any of the amazing performances at the Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center.


Home City

The Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center is located in Bakersfield, California, which is known for its thriving arts and theater culture. The city offers residents and visitors the chance to sample all that the art and theater world have to offer, without having to venture very far. It is the ninth largest city in California, and is approximately 110 miles from Los Angeles. The town is not only full of culture, but it is also the most productive oil producing county in the US. Its economy also relies on natural gas, aerospace, mining, manufacturing and food distribution. There's something for everyone in the city that was almost the US capital, and you never know what you'll find when you explore this one-of-a-kind city.


Seating Layout

Although the entertainment venue is more than 40 years old, it has been updated to allow for modernization of lighting, sound and visual elements. The events center can seat more than 3,000 people. There are several options for seating, including the Orchestra level that is directly in front of the stage, a Terrace level and a Balcony level. Although some seats are closer than others, every seat in the house will give you a fantastic view of the show you have chosen to see.


Trivia

The Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center is a beautiful theater that has seen some of the most exciting live events in the country. And you can make your experience even more fun by staying in the Four Points Sheraton Bakerfield hotel adjacent to the theater and convention center or dine in one of the many nearby restaurants.

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