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Colonial Life Arena

801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3953
+1 803-576-9200
Review Highlights
For a sports arena, it's still a good concert venue, too

I have seen a couple of sports events here but have attended more concerts than sporting events. I... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
Always a great place for events.

I've been here for both concerts and basketball games. The seating is comfortable. The security... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3953
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

I have seen a couple of sports events here but have attended more concerts than sporting events. I worked in the music industry for many, many years and saw concerts in countless concrte doughnuts across the globe. There is no bad seat in the house...More

Thank MysteryReviewer2016
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I've been here for both concerts and basketball games. The seating is comfortable. The security personnel are always friendly and helpful. The concessions are okay. You might want to consider eating before you arrive for a basketball game if you want to eat something healthy....More

Thank flnine300
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Doors open at 6. Be prepared to go through a security screening. Lines get long so get there when the doors open. Nice facilty.

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We visited Colombia in February for the Luke Bryan Concert. This was easy to get to and a great venue. Very clean facility.

Thank Darlene L
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Very nice venue for basketball; easy to get tickets as it's never sold out. I wish they had more non-sports events.

Thank DrBond
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We recently went to see the Circus here and it was fabulous! The bathrooms are clean, and the concessions are well run. There is also ample parking nearby.

Thank Shannon B
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great venue for all sorts of events; all seats have a great view thanks to projection television; concessions has a great variety of food choices although pricey. parking is a big expensive

Thank shereer226
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We have visited here an number of times for various shows and sporting events and even done some volunteer work in various concessions locations. This venue is dated and needs repair badly. Cracks in the floor are covered with tape, equipment in concessions do not...More

Thank Bamagrizzly
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

For USC Games make sure you have a clear bag instead of pocketbook. Not sure what the size of the pocketbook you may bring. I had read a review that mention not being able to bring a bag in but could not find the appropriate...More

Thank linder105
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Attended TSO concert which is always outstanding! The venue, of course, charges too much for everything but they all do. This one has easy access, parking, but no smoking and you cannot leave the building to smoke and get back in - even with a...More

Thank Kari C
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Laura S
20 January 2017|
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Response from FunTravelingAround | Reviewed this property |
It totally depends on the event. You need to look at how the event is set up for seating.
16 December 2015|
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Response from Southerntraveler9 | Reviewed this property |
Columbia has it's own major airport and it's about 15-20 min to downtown . It really not bad ? If you want to save some money and don't mind driving , fly into Charlotte NC and drive to Columbia SC ? It's 1.5 hrs from Ct to... More