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Berglund Center, Roanoke
(2.9/5 based on 75 reviews on the web)
The Berglund Center is Western Virginia's premiere full-service facility with a 10,500 seat Coliseum, 2,151 seat Performing Arts Theatre, 14,000 square feet Exhibit Hall, and a new 46,000 square feet Special Events Center.
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  • The Berglund Center now has new seats and a new scoreboard and looks great. Hard to believe the building is 45 years old. Great place to watch a hockey game. Sound system could be better and I believe...  more »
  • Finding out at the last minute about Bob Dylan playing at the Berglund Center while on a girls weekend near Charlottesville, we got tickets to go. When we got to the parking lot we were asked for a pa...  more »
  • We were in Roanoke for the Arts and Crafts Show and truly enjoyed the personality of this venue. We will return to Roanoke in the future to enjoy the Berglund Center again. 
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  • In need of a facelift, but I've found the staff to be helpful and the experiences went smoothly.
  • A good venue for music and gun shows. Parking is adequate. The future for the former Roanoke Civic Center is somewhat up in the air since its acquisition by the Berglund group. The Berglund name isnt exactly associated with quality and excellence.
  • Dated venue. The seats inside leave a lot to be desired, basically a folding chair or stadium seat in the risers. Most of the concerts are country pop acts or aging bands who can't book real venues. The parking is a nightmare and lots of people are shuttled from a parking garage downtown. They also host one to two different circus shows a year, so that is another star off for assisting in well known animal cruelty. As others noted, everyone leaves town to go to real concerts, both larger and smaller. Roanoke deserves better.
  • Arrived at noon for a 1:00 p.m., $100 show w/ my 4-yo. I get to the closed and almost empty parking lot at 12:45. We (w/a line of other disgruntled patrons) were all INDIVIDUALLY sent 7 blocks away to a different pay-to-park Berglund Center lot with shuttle service. At 1:15 we finally got to the other lot after wading through Berglund Center's traffic pandemonium, the shuttle service had ended. Paid a local hotel less and got a closer spot. I figured Berglund Center had gotten enough f/me. I spoke w/the box office manager upon arrival (1:30), hoping to see the following show or be partially compensated for Berglund Center's inability to effectively serve guests. Instead, I was lied to. The box office manager said the show just started. Considering the ill managed parking situation, it stands to reason, the Berglund Center is incompetent with logistics and perhaps the show really was delayed 30 minutes. When I reached my front row seat, the folks sitting next to me said the show had been in progress for 40 minutes. Is the box office manager so inept that she doesn't know what's happening in her own arena, intentionally lied or does the Berglund Center habitually fail to deliver services as advertised so she presumed they'd follow suit? Either way, it's unacceptable. The Berglund Center should be ashamed and embarrassed for creating an environment full of extremely disappointed children and charging for it. We drove for hours, spent hundreds of dollars and after weeks of anticipation to see Disney, we missed almost half of the show. Granted this unnecessary mess was no fault of Disney's and what we were able to see of the show was fantastic! But as for the Berglund Center, hire a new logistics manager, take some classes or find another career. People are paying for a service they aren't getting!
  • Absolutely terrible. Paid almost $200 for tickets, waited 30 minutes to get into the parking lot which was full so we were directed to the shuttle that took another 45 minutes to get on to. Missed the entire show. The rude, unhelpful staff refused a refund & refused to let us see the next show. Save your money, don't support this venue.