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Rhett & Link was amazing!

I love this venue and that it was indoors. The only thing that wasn’t great wasn’t really the... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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A unique building

Located right on the State Fairgrounds and owned by the state, this was originally known as the... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2018
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We have been to a few events at Dorton over the past 3 years. Located on the State Fair grounds and home to the NC music series during the fair's fall run. Great old arena with decent acoustics and plenty of room to move about...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed November 7, 2018

I have been to many events at the Arena and I find the BR are accessible and clean, food is good, good heat and air control. Large and spacious for displays. I have been for fair competion. House and Home Shows. Plenty room for the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

I love this venue and that it was indoors. The only thing that wasn’t great wasn’t really the arena’s fault. The company hosting the event, didn’t plan out the VIP section, it was really difficult to find and no signs or info.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Love the State Fair Arena! I have attended a Rodeo, WWW event, Cow Shows, Home Shows, Book Selling, Donny Osmond concert (lol) in this one of a kind building!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Cherry C
Reviewed July 6, 2018

This unique building has been a favorite of mine since events as a kid. There is a special feeling as you enter the main part of the arena thinking about the all the history it has. It works well for sports, concerts, and the numerous...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Steve C
Reviewed June 14, 2018

Located right on the State Fairgrounds and owned by the state, this was originally known as the "State Fair Arena" until it was named after the former State Fair Manager. Built in 1951 and renovated several times, this was the first permanent structure in the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

We were here for the 2017 Meredith College Commencement. This a was perfect place for the event. We had no trouble parking and easily found our seats. Sunset can be uncomfortable if you’re on the wrong side because of all the glass so think about...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

We went to the Raleigh Greek Festival at the arena. The space was very large with lots of table seating to eat all the great food. Thete was a stage for Greek music and dancing and lots of great food. It was very loud and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 6, 2017

The Dorton Arena is home to many different performances, especially during State Fair time. It is iconic for its architectural design.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Dan D
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Dorton arena is the focal point of the NC state fairgrounds. The building's architecture is reminiscent of the '60s and makes you think of The Jetsons!

Date of experience: June 2017
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