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Colonial Life Arena

801 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29208
803 576 9200
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Ranked #20 of 53 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
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Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Darlington, South Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
39 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My daughter and I came here to see the Tran Siberian Orchestra and were very impressed. The building is very nice, has numerous very clean rest rooms, and is well-marked (easy to find your way around). The acoustics were excellent, and seats were comfortable. A real plus is the closeness to the Vista area with all its nice restaurants. It... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Bought tickets for Cirque Du Soleil and Trans Siberian Orchestra. No issue with the venue; huge issue with tickets. Both sets of tickets were to be mailed to my home as neither show offered a print at home option. I NEVER received tickets! My mailing address was correct in their system. For cirque, we called and switched to will call.... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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639 reviews 639 reviews
509 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Nice arena which hosts concerts, basketball and circuses. The seating is ok. Site lines decent. Doesn't project a wow factor. The parking is becoming a little more crazier over time as more buildings around the arena are being built and taking the lots away. Concessions=I suggest eating beforehand,way overpriced. Overall, I say the arena serves its function as a place... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

i prefer up close and person. valet parking was available but not in my budget. hard for ADA accessible. escalator. long walk from car to event rooms.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There were over ten thousand in attendance for 3 days. The staff and arena was clean well air conditioned, rest rooms were adequate for adults and children. No problems during the three day program. We thank the staff for their cooperation!

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Lexington, South Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Parking is terrible. Staff aren't helpful and are downright rude. USC Men's basketball is a joke. Bad sight lines for graduations and concerts.

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We love to attend concert and Disney events here. Parking can be a bear but that is at most any venue. Nice location and easy to get in and out of.

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Augusta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went to see Bruno Mars, and the acoustics were very bad. We were sitting in pretty decent seats on the stage left side, not great but not horrible either. We couldn't bring in our camera, not because no cameras were allowed, but because it had a removable lens. My mom brought her camera, a little one without removable lens,... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Bruno Mars was my fourth and final show at the Colonial Life Arena. I have heard of similar issues from several friends. My 1st experience there was for the American Idol show the year that Taylor Hicks won. While not a Taylor Hicks fan, I do love Daughtery and Katherine McPhee. My son was the 11th person in line at... More 

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Coastal NC
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We sat up very high to see Bruno Mars, the view was great but the acoustics were horrible. Thankfully Bruno Mars was still fun to watch! I don't know if we would chose this venue again for a concert, if we did we would definitely sit lower.

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