The Lakeland Magic‘s debut at George Jenkins Arena at the RP Funding Center is quickly approaching, and the venue has been upgraded for the team.
This fall will see the beginning of the first season of NBA Gatorade League (G League) action in Lakeland. The Orlando Magic purchased and relocated the former Erie BayHawks to make the move possible, while the arena at the RP Funding Center was upgraded to accommodate the team.
Among the changes the venue is rolling out this year include an improved court, new video displays, and renovated locker rooms. More changes are expected to take place down the road, but in the meantime officials are eager for the Magic to establish themselves at the arena. More from The Ledger:
There are ribbon boards on the north and south walls as well as the scorer’s table. RP Funding Center Director Tony Camarillo declared Phase 1 of the arena’s $14 million renovation complete.
Included with the video boards and courtside seating were new baskets and a sound system that was nearing completion Friday. The renovation of the home and visiting locker rooms is about 80 percent done.
Camarillo said that Phase 2 of the project will include additional disabled seating in a new, third level as well as revamped concourse and lobby spaces.
“It’s a very exciting day for all of us,” Lakeland Magic President Shelly Wilkes said. “We just feel so proud to be here and be a fabric of this community.”
The Magic’s first game at the facility is scheduled for November 10, when they face the Canton Charge.