Colonial Life Arena
Colonial Life Arena is more than just the home of South Carolina men's and women's basketball. It's also a thriving entertainment venue that the city of Columbia and its surrounding metropolitan area are able to enjoy throughout the year.
Colonial Life Arena is the largest arena in the state of South Carolina with 18,000 seats, and the 10-largest on-campus basketball facility in the nation. Located on the beautiful University of South Carolina campus, this one-of-a-kind facility features 41 suites, four entertainment suites, and the Frank McGuire Club, a full-service hospitality room that has a capacity of 300. The state-of-the-art facility also features plush seating, a technologically advanced sound system, a four-sided video scoreboard, and a one-of-a-kind selection of unique concession foods that will delight fans of all ages.
The Arena has hosted numerous sold out shows, including Barnum and Bailey Circus, Billy Joel, country superstars Kenny Chesney and George Straight, WWE Wrestling, Jamie Foxx and numerous other acts.
The arena is the largest building ever constructed at the University of South Carolina at 342,000 square feet. It features two spacious, identical locker rooms for the Gamecock men's and women's basketball teams with team meeting rooms, recruiting rooms, coaches locker rooms and a training room facility. During the 2008-09 men's basketball season, Colonial Life Arena was sold out twice, including the first sellout crowd for a Gamecock men's basketball game since the 2004 season. The South Carolina athletic campaign "Operation Sellout" encouraged the Gamecock faithful to sellout the arena for Carolina's game against Georgia on Feb. 7, 2009, marking the first sellout in five seasons. During the season, more than 10,000 fans attended a men's basketball contest at Colonial Life Arena 10 times.
Colonial Life Arena, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000 for basketball and 19,000 for other events, is the crown jewel of USC, Columbia, the Midlands and the entire state of South Carolina. Not only is Colonial Life Arena the largest arena in the state, it opened as the 10th-largest on-campus basketball facility in the nation and the fourth-largest in the Southeastern Conference.
At the forefront of the arena design was configuration for an expanded student section to help give the Gamecocks one of the best homecourt advantages in the SEC. Almost 500 sideline seats extending the length of the court were designed with students in mind as those seats are depressed to allow individuals to stand while not blocking the views of seated spectators above.
Has seating for nearly 18,000 fans for basketball and 19,000 for concerts.
Is the 10th largest on-campus basketball facility in the nation and the fourth largest in the Southeastern Conference.
Impressed Bob Dekas, the CBS Coordinating Producer of NCAA Basketball, who conducted a television site survey prior to the opening of the building. "The Colonial Center is one of the nicest on-campus basketball arenas that I have ever seen," said Dekas. "And I say this having done every basketball arena survey for CBS Sports for the last 19 years." Has an intimate double-deck design that puts every seat close to the action on the court. The distance from midcourt to the last seat in Colonial Life Arena is roughly the same distance as midcourt to the last seat in the Carolina Coliseum. More than 5,000 additional seats are packed into The Colonial Center, providing the ultimate homecourt advantage. Has approximately 1,700 student seats located below the portals with 500 of those being sideline court seats