The RP Funding Center was established with an aim to have a dedicated space for indoor sports and performances. It broke ground in the year 1974 and is owned as well as operated by the City of Lakeland. The Jenkins Arena and Youkey Theater are both housed in the center. Sports like soccer, hockey and football are hosted here as well as cultural shows. In the past sports teams like the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Florida Marine Raiders and many more have had their home ground at this arena.