40th Anniversary of the Civic Center

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center!

The Civic Center opened as the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center on September 14th, 1981 to 3,000 guests with a performance by the Tallahassee Symphony.

Photo of the Civic Center from the September 18th, 1981 Florida Flambeau

Planning for the Civic Center began in the early 1970s, with the acquisition of the 40 acres of land taking place in May 1972. Contracts were approved by Leon County commissioners in February 1976 and in 1977, it received its current name in honor of the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Donald L. Tucker.

Despite its name having been decided in 1977, there were naming issues between then and its opening in 1981. It finally opened as the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center in 1981. Eventually, its name was reverted to the original in 2012.

The Civic Center celebrated yesterday with a drive-through cupcake parade.

Published by Kacee Reguera

Heritage & University Archives Assistant Florida State University

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