Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a true asset to the downtown St. Paul area. The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium is itself a destination for music-lovers looking to experience a blend of musical genres. It has transformed into an intimate venue suited to attract all types of entertainment tastes.
Roy Wilkins Auditorium was built in 1932 as the Saint Paul Civic Center Auditorium. In 1984, the auditorium was renamed the Roy Wilkins Auditorium after Roy Wilkins, the legendary historical figure in America's climb towards achieving civil rights for all of its citizens. Wilkins was fondly recalling his upbringing in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul. Roy Wilkins Auditorium is located near what is now Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, Rondo Avenue was the predominantly African-American neighborhood that Wilkins always remembered with pride. The lessons that he learned there helped shape him into the prominent leader that he became.
Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium has hosted some of the most recognizable performers and memorable performances in entertainment history: the Grateful Dead, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan are just a few legendary acts whose sound has graced the walls of the 44,800 square foot hall. While big name acts are great and memories of those events will last forever in the minds of Roy Wilkins patrons, it is the intimate experience that will have a deep effect on the music and entertainment-lovers. With comfortable and retro feel, Roy Wilkins serves to make downtown St. Paul an entertainment destination for all different ages and backgrounds. This makes it an ideal setting for rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, comedy and folk audiences.
If Roy Wilkins were still alive today, there is no doubt that he would be glowing with pride at the sight of a flourishing St. Paul. The auditorium named after him will always "keep music in abundance" and "seethe with the pulsating beauty of the lives of its people." So that you don't miss out on the next upcoming event at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, buy your Roy Wilkins tickets today and we guarantee that you will enjoy every minute!!