About County Center

Westchester Media Concerts & Special Events Building

Westchester County Center

For nearly 80 years the County Center has been Westchester’s premier setting for thousands of concerts, trade shows, sports events, meetings, seminars, theatrical presentations, conventions and civic and community events. For 2012, the County Center features a new acoustic upgrade with treatments and sound reinforcement providing a top quality environment for entertainment events.

The County Center was conceived by the Westchester Recreation Commission in 1924 as a multi-purpose indoor recreational facility to host community programs and income-producing commercial events to help sustain the Center financially. It was designed by the award-winning architectural firm of Walker and Gillette, and built and decorated in the classic Art Deco architectural style. The construction project was awarded to a local contractor and was completed at a cost of approximately $785,000.

On the weekend of May 22, 1930, the Westchester County Center Grand opening gala was held, attracting thousands from all over Westchester to hear such notable musicians as the pianist Percy Grainger, Metropolitan Opera Company tenor Edward Johnson, organist Palmer Christian and more than 1,500 local choral group performers. In the ensuing years, generations of County Center audiences have been treated to performances by such greats as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, James Brown, Kenny Rogers, and John Sebastian, along with the Harlem Globetrotters and the Royal Hanneford Circus, one of the longest running events at the Center to date.

Seating Chart

Seating Chart
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Please note: Seating configurations vary by show. Floor seating not available for general admission shows.

Building Policies

Please be advised that all guests will be subject to search, at the County Center staff’s discretion, of their person and/or possessions (including but not limited to: briefcases, packages, camera bags, backpacks and handbags), which may be allowed entry after such search. Guests with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrances to return items to their vehicle or dispose of the items. No storage or “check-in area” will be provided. Enforcement will be without exception.

Cameras & Video Equipment Policy

Single-frame and flash photography are allowed. All video and motion picture cameras are strictly prohibited. Neither lighting nor camera support pods are permitted. Camera equipment may not obstruct the view or path of travel of others.

Promoters of events at the County Center may ban the use of all cameras for specific shows. Check event listings for details.

Disabled Services

The Westchester County Center is committed to providing each guest with an enjoyable atmosphere in clean and safe surroundings and to making each patron’s visit a positive experience. The County Center is handicapped and wheelchair-accessible and accommodating to patrons who have limited mobility. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra level (first floor) of the Main Hall. Please notify the box office in advance of any physical limitations that may restrict seating assignments.

Access Information

For your safety, we recommend that you arrive at the County Center one hour before the event time for seated events, as you will be proceeding in to the arena, with the general public. Regardless of the section marked on your ticket, please proceed to the handicapped entrance ramp located to the right of the Main Entrance (Central Avenue) of the building. Please ring the buzzer to gain access and County Center personnel will be happy to assist you. For more information, please contact us at 914-995-4050.

Ticket Information

Tickets for patrons with disabilities, subject to availability, can be purchased by calling 914-995-4050, weekdays during business hours, or at the Westchester County Center Box Office, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Aid

There is no first aid station; however, County Center personnel are available to offer assistance if needed.

Food & Beverage

The Westchester County Center, has exclusivity over all food and beverages consumed in the building. No outside food and/or beverages are permitted. Authorized concessions located within the facility proudly serve Nathan’s Famous, Carvel, David’s Cookies and Pepsi products.

Metal Detectors

Promoters of events at the Westchester County Center may utilize metal detectors and wands administered under the authority of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.

No-smoking Policy

Guests are not allowed to smoke in the Westchester County Center as per the Westchester County Department of Health.

Prohibited Items & Weapons Policy

No laser pointers, noisemakers, whistles, air horns of any type, coolers, bottles, cans, drugs and weapons of any kind are allowed in the County Center.

Programs, Novelties, etc.

All programs, novelties, T-shirts, souvenirs, etc. must be sold by the County Center or its authorized representatives. All such merchandise must be consigned over to the County Center or it authorized representative before the event. The County Center receives 25% of gross receipt on all merchandise sold.

Re-entry Policy

Guests exiting the County Center during an event must present a ticket stub upon re-entry.

Parking & Directions


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Parking

Daily (Monday – Friday after 9 a.m. & Weekends) $10
The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue just off the Bronx River Parkway in White Plains, New York.
It is served by the Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System (call 914-813-7777 for bus information) and by Metro-North Commuter Railroad.

From New York City, the Westchester County Center is a 35-minute trip by car, 40 minutes by bus and 30 minutes by train. The County Center is a five-minute walk from the White Plains train station.

Directions by Car

From New York City
From east side, travel north on FDR Drive to Willis Avenue Bridge to Major Deegan Expressway. Continue north to the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) eastbound. Exit 5, “Route 119 East-White Plains.” County Center is 1/2 mile on the left.

From west side, take West Side Highway north to Saw Mill River Parkway to Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) eastbound and follow directions as in #1 above.

I-95 (The New England Thruway) to Exit 21; follow to Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) westbound. Exit 5, “Route 100,” turn left. Follow to traffic light at intersection of Route 119 and turn left. The County Center is approximately 3/4 mile on the left.

From Long Island/New York Airports:

Take Whitestone Bridge, follow signs for Hutchinson River Parkway northbound. Follow to intersection of the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) westbound. Follow directions as in #3, above.

Throgs Neck Bridge to I-95 (The New England Thruway and follow to Exit 21, Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) westbound. Exit 5, “Route 100,” turn left. Follow to traffic light at intersection of Route 119 and turn left. The County Center is approximately 3/4 mile on the left.

From Tappan Zee Bridge and points West:

Follow New York State Thruway (I-87) to the Cross Westchester Expressway eastbound; exit 5 “Route 119 East-White Plains.” County Center is 1/2 mile on the left.

From Connecticut/New England

Take I-95 (The New England Thruway) to Exit 21, follow to Cross Westchester Expressway westbound and follow directions as in #3.

Merritt Parkway (Route 15) southbound (in New York, name changes to Hutchinson River Parkway). Follow to Cross Westchester Expressway westbound and follow directions as in #3.

From Upstate New York:

Taconic State Parkway to its southern end; follow signs to Bronx River Parkway and follow three miles to White Plains. Use exit 22; the County Center is immediately on the right side.

From New Jersey and Points South:

North on Palisades Parkway or Garden State Parkway to New York State Thruway. Cross Tappan Zee Bridge; follow directions as in #6.

Directions by Train/Subway/Bus

Train From NYC:
Take any subway or bus to Grand Central Station. Take Metro North to the White Plains Station.

MTA

Walking from train to County Center:

  • Once on the Station Platform, walk in the direction of the front car of your train.
  • Take the last exit stairwell (located on the left side of the platform).
  • Make a left at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Walk through a very short, well-lit tunnel.
  • Go right upon exiting the tunnel.
  • Walk on the path (Metro North to your right, parking lot to your left).
  • You will see the County Center ahead and to your left.
  • Walk to the main County Center Parking Lot.
  • Walk through the parking lot.
  • At the traffic light, cross the street to the County Center.

Subway

The following New York City Subways make connections to Bee Line Buses:

11 / 9 Broadway / 7th Avenue
2 White Plains Road
4 Lexington Ave / Jerome Avenue
5 Lexington Ave / Dyre Ave
5 Lexington Avenue / White Plains Road
6 Lexington Avenue / Pelham Bay Parkway
B Fulton Street / 8th Avenue / Grand Concourse
D 6th Avenue / Grand Concourse

Beeline Buses

The following Bee Line Buses make stops at the White Plains Transportation Center:
1W, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 27, 40, 41, 60, 63, 77, 92, TZX, IBus, TLC, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

Bee Line Bus

Walking from the Transportation Center to County Center

  • Walk across the street to White Plains Metro North Train Station
  • Go to the area behind the parking structure designated for cars to drop people off
  • Take the stairs down.
  • Make a left at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Walk through a very short, well-lit tunnel.
  • Go right upon exiting the tunnel.
  • Walk on the path (Metro North to your right, parking lot to your left).
  • You will see the County Center ahead and to your left.
  • Walk to the main County Center Parking Lot.
  • Walk through the parking lot.
  • At the traffic light, cross the street to the County Center.