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Check Out The Freedom Boat Club Landing Before A Show!

Published: November 1, 2017

Next time you’re coming to a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, start the party early! What was once known as the East Side Café, has transformed into a new, nautical themed experience: The Freedom Boat Club Landing!

The Freedom Boat Club Landing was named in recognition of the generous $100,000 donation that the Freedom Boat Club made to Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Performing Arts in June of 2017. When we asked Glenn Bergoffen, owner of the Freedom Boat Club, what inspired him to make such a charitable donation, he said:

“I believe in the performing arts. I’m passionate about giving our young people the freedom to explore their gifts and talents…”


The Freedom Boat Club Landing opens two hours before show time and it’s an easy walk from the ticket office - just follow the sidewalk around the outside of the auditorium to the entrance! When the main entrance opens one hour before the show, you can access the Freedom Boat Club Landing through the concourse too!


In this fun and relaxing environment you will experience live entertainment from local artists, gourmet food trucks providing delicious tasty treats and the pre-concert atmosphere you’re looking for! You can also enjoy beer, wine, Deep Eddy vodka beverages, soda and water. Get here early, grab a seat, listen to some live music and try our special $30 pre-show beverage package which allows you to enjoy unlimited beverages at the Freedom Boat Club Landing until show time* All ages are welcome to enjoy the fun!


But that’s not all – the best up and coming local artists perform under the lights on the stage by our beautiful oak tree and you’ll have the opportunity to win prizes, including tickets to upcoming shows!


Next time you’re coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall to see the stars – come early and enjoy the fun festivities under the stars at the Freedom Boat Club Landing! We also offer other pre-show dining experiences.

*this package is active until the start of the show and is ONLY available at the Freedom Boat Club Landing bar

*Freedom Boat Club Landing activities are subject to change and weather permitting.