Roy Wilkins Auditorium, located 175 Kellogg Boulevard West in the St Paul RiverCentre complex, is a true asset to downtown St Paul. Roy Wilkins Auditorium has a comfortable and retro feel that makes downtown St. Paul an entertainment destination for all different ages and backgrounds. It is an ideal setting for rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, comedy and folk audiences alike.
The Roy Wilkins was built in 1932 as the Saint Paul Civic Center Auditorium. In 1984 it was renamed the Roy Wilkins Auditorium and after renovations in 1986, can seat 5,844 guests for concerts, speaking or sporting events. The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, boasts 44,800 sq ft and has hosted headliner acts such as The Grateful Dead, David Bowie, KISS, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan just to name a few.
Named for the famous civil riots leader, Roy Wilkins, the auditorium would continue to make him proud today. Roy Wilkins was raised in the predominantly African-American Rondo neighborhood of St Paul. Located near what is now Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, Rondo Avenue was where Wilkins attributed his life lessons that helped shape him into the prominent leader that he became. Most referred to Roy Wilkins as the Father of Civil Rights due to his strong leadership of the NCAAP and his ability to help pass legislation.
The intimate experience of Roy Wilkins Auditorium has a profound effect on the music and entertainment lovers. Roy Wilkins is an important institution to the city of St. Paul, allowing music industry veterans as well as bands on their way to the A-list to play a concert in the capital city. If a band you enjoy comes through the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, purchase tickets as this venue sells out quickly to entertainment lovers in the St. Paul area and beyond.