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Great for Shows

The Dorton Arena is home to many different performances, especially during State Fair time. It is... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Dan D
Reston, Virginia
Interesting, if dated, facility

Dorton arena is the focal point of the NC state fairgrounds. The building's architecture is... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Clemmons, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

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

Thank Dan D
Reviewed 20 July 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!

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Was visiting family from out of town they had free tickets to the concert. WAY too hot and no air moving in the place. We had to keep walking outside to get fresh air. Concession stand area needs a lot of updating. Parking was good

1  Thank Sheila V
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Nostalgia aside from the NC State Fairgrounds, Dorton doesn't serve much purpose beyond "specialty" scheduled acts for the State Fair and some odd shows for the weekends.

1  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Showing a little age. Still a good place to visit during events at the Fairgrounds. Will visit again.

Thank 99billyw
Reviewed 17 August 2016

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!!

Thank Leland W
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a landmark building so architecture buffs will enjoy seeing the structure's unique exterior design at the N.C. Fairgrounds. The interior has held sporting events, including hockey, celebrity engagements, etc.

Thank gogogirlsouthland
Reviewed 13 July 2016

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.

Thank CateNC
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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...More

Thank Flair4theGold
Reviewed 5 June 2016

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 -...More

1  Thank Levon M
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