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About Colonial Life Arena

Colonial Life Arena

The Colonial Life Arena is an indoor sports and entertainment venue that serves as the primary home of the South Carolina Gamecocks men’s and women’s basketball teams. The venue is located on campus in Columbia, South Carolina. Colonial Life Arena opened in 2002 when it was called the Carolina Center. In addition to hosting South Carolina basketball, Colonial Life Arena has been the site of dozens of concerts by major recording artists. For basketball games, it has a capacity of 18,000 fans and 19,000 for concerts.

What are the Best Places to sit at Colonial Life Arena?

For basketball games, the best seats at Colonial Life Arena are in sections 105 and 114. These are in the lower level of the arena and directly in front of center court. Likewise, sections 208 and 222 will be in the middle of the court but on the second level. For concerts at Colonial Life Arena, there are three sections of floor seats that are close to the stage. Otherwise, sections 105, 106, 114, and 113 will get you as close as possible to the stage, albeit from a side angle. Finally, sections 101, 118, 201, 202, and 228 will have a straight-ahead view of the stage during concerts, although they are not as close as the sections on the side of the stage.

Tips for visiting Colonial Life Arena

Parking and public transit in Columbia can be limited, and since the arena holds 18,000 fans, arriving early for events at Colonial Life Arena is usually a good idea. The good news is that the arena is a short walk away from countless places to grab something to eat and hang out beforehand. Also, the inside of the arena is in such spectacular shape that it almost looks brand new, making it a pleasant venue to walk around and explore. For basketball games, the South Carolina pep band and mascot help keep fans engaged before and during the game, so there are upsides to arriving early.

Food to Try at Colonial Life Arena

The food at Colonial Life Arena might be one of the venue’s biggest attractions. The Carolina Marketplace has must-try items like Carolina slaw dogs and Kayem brats. Thai Kingdom has several items that you won’t find in the average sports arena, most notably Teriyaki wings. There is also a local bakery that sets up shop inside Colonial Life Arena, selling its homemade pies and cakes during basketball games and concerts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Colonial Life Arena located?

Colonial Life Arena is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

What kind of events does Colonial Life Arena host?

Colonial Life Arena events are mainly focused on basketball. Sporting events aside, the venue does play host to various events like conferences, concerts, and graduation ceremonies. 

Which team is playing at Colonial Life Arena?

The stadium serves as the primary home of the South Carolina Gamecocks men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Where can I park for free at Colonial Life Arena?

Colonial Life Arena does not have any official parking lots. The only parking available for Colonial Life Arena events is public lots in the surrounding area. Prices will differ depending on the lot, but generally speaking, the further away you park, the cheaper the price.

What is the seating capacity of Colonial Life Arena?

Colonial Life Arena sporting events can host up to 19,000 cheering fans. 

Who owns Colonial Life Arena?

Colonial Life Arena is owned by the University of South Carolina.

How do I get to Colonial Life Arena using public transport?

Fans wishing to reach Colonial Life Arena events by public transport are in luck. The Columbia S.C. bus stop is located just outside the arena, making it easily accessible for most fans.