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Colonial Life Arena

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Address: 801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3953
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+1 803-576-9200
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

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Nice Arena

Attended a Gamecock basketball game. Parking was 10.00 right next to building. Arena was clean. Fans were friendly. Good location.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
Bristol, Virginia
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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

awesome arena for sports and fun in colatown. Bring a bag for the night and enjoy vista. walking distnace and hotels. No car needed.

Thank hedgepath
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked to the arena from our hotel which was 3/4 mile. Arrived to find out they would not let me in with my totally regular sized purse which was an inch longer than their "limits". Since we didn't have a car to leave it in it was suggested to me by the "inspectors" to stash it in a bush. Seriously?... More 

Thank tallgirl1
Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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477 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We visited Colonial Life Arena this Saturday for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Entry into the arena was easy. They had quite a few food vendors - we got Nachos, fries, cotton candy, powerade and beer. Food was okay....typical concession stand food. One issue was some vendors didn't take card - but there were ATMs close by. The concert itself was phenomenal.... More 

Thank Shanker B
Bristol, Virginia
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55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Attended a Gamecock basketball game. Parking was 10.00 right next to building. Arena was clean. Fans were friendly. Good location.

Thank MLSuit3
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Went to a USC basketball game and it was an awesome venue. Played against Michigan and USC won. It gets really loud and the crowd can get pumped up. I would hate to be a visiting team to have to come here. Amazing game and an awesome arena.

Thank Gaineya
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We come here every year since it was built for our Watchtower convention. The staff is very friendly and cooperative. The temperature control & facilities are well maintained and comfortable. This is specifically stated because we come during the hottest part of summer & we are not hot. The seats are roomier than the older facility & anywhere you sit... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Saw Stevie Nicks here. Great venue as it was not too large! Excellent location as well. Lines moved quickly to get into show.

Thank DiSurfside
Columbia, SC
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117 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We attend sporting events at CLA on a regular basis (men's and women's basketball) and recently attended the Stevie Nicks concert there. The sight-lines are good for sports and concerts, with no poles or other barriers to block your view. However, depending on the musician, the concert may be good or not so good. The acoustics were terrible for the... More 

Thank mfweave
Parkersburg, West Virginia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The Colonia Life Arena was very nice. The staff was very friendly and super helpful. It's very close to other things in the area such as restaurants and other attractions. The arena itself was well marked for the show and the show was wonderful, however I will say that the seating was VERY close. It was hard to even clap... More 

Thank KFlinn1128
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Great location, near restaurants and easy walk or Taxi/Uber ride. Staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend

Thank MaryLenox

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