The Baton Rouge River Center (when built in the late 1970s, it was called the Riverside Centroplex) is a municipally owned multi-purpose 200,000 square feet (20,000 m²) entertainment facility located on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana. It is maintained by a private management company, SMG, which presents more than five hundred events a year, including concerts, conventions, sporting events, trade shows and theater productions.

Performance and other facilities
  • Arena presents concerts, trade shows, sports and family shows, with seating for up to 12,000 for concerts, 8,500 for sporting events, and 4,500 for theatre events.
  • Exhibition Hall, recently expanded with an additional 10,000 sq ft (1,000 m²). of exhibition space and providing a total of 70,000 square feet (7,000 m²). This can be combined with the Arena to create more than 100,000 square feet (10,000 m²) of contiguous exhibit space.
  • Grand Ballroom provides 26,150 square feet (2,429 m²) of multi-purpose space.
  • Theater for Performing Arts is a theatre seating up to 1,900 people. It is used for performances of theatre, musicals, and symphony orchestras.


Events held
Past events held in the Riverside Centroplex / River Center arena include:
  • WCW Clash of the Champions (January 27, 1994)
  • WCW Slamboree (May 19, 1996)
  • ECHL Baton Rouge Kingfish (1996-2003)
  • IPFL Louisiana Bayou Beast (1999)
  • WCW house show (non-televised) (May 30, 1999)
  • WCW Thunder (October 14, 1999)
  • af2 Baton Rouge Blaze (2001)
  • WWE Raw (October 1, 2001)
  • SmackDown and ECW (July 8, 2008)
  • ECW house show (non-televised) (October 8, 2006)
  • WWE SmackDown house show (January 22, 2007)
  • WWE Raw house show (June 30, 2007)
Past events held in the Riverside Centroplex theatre:
  • Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) house show (May 29, 1998 & October 7, 1999)


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