It's saddle shaped, silly!! Innovative design for it's time. Sadly the original architect died in a plane crash prior to it's completion. Really cool small venue.... mostly NC State Fair concerts, but check the website for other things. Hope you make it soon!!
Serving many different purposes, this mid-century modernist building is one of the greatest architectural landmarks in North Carolina, with its striking exterior form and wonderfully open interior. It was internationally famous when built and still is.
For a building approaching its 70th birthday, Dorton Arena holds up pretty well. It is not a large venue and it is built in the middle of the State Fairgrounds, so that should give you an idea of its intent. Great for livestock shows, trade events and such. I have attended such events, as well as cheerleading competitions and professional... 更多
Yes Dorton Arena is starting to show its age but that doesn't changes the fact it is a piece of Raleigh history. All kinds of athletic events have been and still are being held here. It is the place to go for a concert - no. But it wasn't intended for that. It was built for the NC State Fair... 更多
This is the graduation venue for a local college. The arena has great sight lines. The acoustics are good. The down side is that it is hot. It is not air conditioned. The parking is a little confusing but available. Bathrooms are a little inconvenient.
This building has been put to multipurpose use for many years. It is in the middle of the NC State Faigrounds. The best time to see it is during the fair in October. I saw Ray Charles there at the fair many years ago. It is a wonderous interior space.
It's a weird building and mostly used for weekend stuff and the State Fair kinds of attractions but it can house some interesting speakers and events. I think we could do more with this place.