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“old and boring.”
Review of J.S. Dorton Arena

Ranked #68 of 158 things to do in Raleigh
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Owner description: Flea market open weekends at the fairgrounds.
Reviewed May 27, 2013

The ancient Dorton Arena is way out of date but is the only place that can hold the Barnum and Bailey Circus. We need a new arena.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Nice place to see a concert at the state fair. Haven't been other than that but it is worthwhile and has plenty of seating and very roomy. Will always attend concerts that are held there.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Located on the NC State Fairgrounds, I understand it is an architectural icon. Maybe check it out on Staurday when the Flea Market is packed (hours 9-6 but most start packing it in by 3:30). I think the Stones played here (which stuns me) but..... it's also near nothing so... only go if you have a reason.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This place has served its purpose and is an eyesore at the fairgrounds. I know for some it has a nostalgia factor; however, this has also long pasted. The place old, outdated, horrible seating and has horrible acoustics. Its main purpose now is for small concerts at the state fair but you can hardly understand anything through all the echoes. My suggestion would be to tear it down and build some type of small amphitheater, etc. Anything but this …

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We have been to the arena to see acts at the State Fair. We learned the hard way that you need to sit on the floor if you want to have a chance to understand anything being sung. The acoustics in the building are horrible.

The bathrooms are kept very clean by the attendants, so that is a plus, but it is weird to feel compelled to tip a bathroom attendant when at an event. The bathrooms are located at the ends of the concourses, so the lines can become unwieldy.

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