Campus Life

Neel Performing Arts Center


Neel Performing Arts Center Community Events Staff
Seating Chart Ticket Information  
College Events Rental Information  

Click here to buy tickets online

Neel Performing Arts Center

Since 1966, the Neel Performing Arts Center has served as a cultural center for Manatee and Sarasota counties hosting both college and community sponsored events. Newly remodeled in 1999, the auditorium features a 65- by 40- foot stage, seating for 837, as well as wheelchair accessible seating and restrooms. The magnificent Elizabeth M. Eaton Memorial Pipe Organ, a 50-rank, 3-manual instrument built by master craftsman Charles McManis, was rededicated in October, 2000.

Located on the west side of the building is the new David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre, the new home of Studio 84 Productions, the SCF student theatre company. 

Neel Performing Arts Center

Seating Chart

 The Neel Performing Arts Center has two side aisles and a seating capacity of 837.  

Click on the link to see the Seating Chart Picture


Row A  Seats 1-39 
Row B  Seats 1-44
Row C Seats 1-45 
Row D  Seats 1-45 
Row E  Seats 1-46 
Row F Seats 1-46 
Row G   Seats 1-47
Row H  Seats 1-48 
Row J  Seats 21-27 
Row K

House Right (Wheelchair Accessible): 1 & 2, 3 & 5, 6 & 7, 8 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 15
House Center: Seats 21-30
House Left: Seats 48-55

Row L  Seats 1-49 
Row M  Seats 1-52 
Row N Seats 1-53 
Row O Seats 1-55 
Row P  Seats 1-54 
Row Q  Seats 1-55 
Row R  Seats 1-57 
Row S Seats 1-59 

Community Events

All tickets for community-sponsored events are handled by the producing organizations and are not delivered to the Neel Box Office until one hour before the performance. Each producing organization's box office number is available by calling the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office one month prior to the event.  

Ticket Information

Tickets for the college events are available ten days in advance at the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour in advance of each performance. Most SCF Music events feature "open seating". SCF Theatre events have reserved seating. For more information, please call 941-752-5252.  Schedule is subject to change. 

Rental Information

The Neel Performing Arts Center is available for rental to community organizations. For more information, please contact Rebecca Ferda in Business Operations at 941-752-5693; 

Neel Performing Arts Center Staff

You may contact the Neel  Performing Arts Center staff at the telephone or e-mail addresses listed below, or by regular mail addressed to: 

        State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 
        Neel Performing Arts Center
        5840 26th Street West
        Bradenton, FL  34207

James Thaggard,  Box Office Manager 
Telephone: 941-752-5252

Jan Van Wart,  Auditorium Support Specialist 
Telephone: (941)752-5248

  • Rick Michael, Auditorium Support Specialist  
  • Telephone:  (941)752-5585
  •  email:                                                                                                                        

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations must contact the Disability Resource Center at least five business days prior to the event. Please contact or 941-752-5295.


 Hearing Loop Logo 

Page Edit