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Colonial Life Arena

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Address: 801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3953
Phone Number: 803 576 9200
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We went here for a show

This is a big place we were very impressed the ushers were very helpful and organized. Good restrooms not too long of a line for the women's restroom. Good seats.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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130 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a big place we were very impressed the ushers were very helpful and organized. Good restrooms not too long of a line for the women's restroom. Good seats.

Thank 444shirleyp
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a concert. Very clean, great service, good food. Only issue is that everything must be in a plastic cup and if one were to purchase an alcoholic beverage, it is consumed in designated areas. Otherwise, great time

Thank Anaya D
Augusta, GA
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We went here for a religious convention, the seats are not that comfortable (but tolerable) and we sat for hours. The suites are super nice.

Thank HeatherD3
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This is one of the newer additions replacing the old Coliseum. It is much more modern. A good choice for events.

Thank btown0
Columbia, South Carolina
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

The previous coliseum had soft padded seats. As a very short-sighted decision to cut the cost of the building and keep seating at 18,000, small, seats were used. It is like trying to fit 10 pounds of potatoes in a 5 pound bag. Seats are so narrow they are very very uncomfortable. View of court is ok but aisle traffic... More 

Thank Ernie N
S Carolina
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39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I've been to this arena many times for various occasions. I've watched three of my children walk across their stage for high school graduations. I've been to quite a few concerts including Frankie Beverly & Maze, the Manhattans, the Whispers, Bobby Womack, and Prince. My most memorable event there was the Prince concert- which was the best concert I've ever... More 

Thank SCSparkle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Super evening,seating was great,parking outstanding just across the street and cheap.the event was perfect for the children and grown up children.Had an opportunity to get autographs on the regulation size basketball.

Thank James T
Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
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153 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We went here to watch Monster Jam a few months ago. It was clean, seating was decent, parking was easy (right across the street.) The bathrooms were not very clean (I'm gonna chalk it up to how many people were there) and the arena area was a lot smaller than I expected. The event was still great, however. Like other... More 

Thank Faith N
Bridgton, Maine
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Well orchestrated venue, from police presence for traffic control, pedestrian control, CLA presence at arena for "crowd control" - very happy, especially the air conditioning- as far as I'm concerned, well done!

Thank colleen121714
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Most unorganized event I've been to in a while. There was no direction as where to go to sit. It was not organized and when you walked in the arena you were on your own even guest services could not help you. handicap was on the 200 level and I felt horrible for all those people who had to wait... More 

Thank Elaine C

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