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Proud Home of Gamecock Basketball

20 years of treasured moments and memories!

In the inaugural public event on November 22, 2002, Colonial Life Arena first opened its doors for the South Carolina Women’s Basketball season opener against Clemson. Since then, Colonial Life Arena with the largest capacity in the state has remained the proud home of South Carolina Men’s and Women’s Basketball.  Serving as the premier entertainment and sports facility for Columbia, the Midlands, and all of South Carolina, the venue hosts a variety of entertainment events including concerts of all genres, comedy shows, trade shows, and family shows in addition to Gamecock Basketball.


It’s both thrilling and gratifying to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colonial Life Arena while remembering the many Gamecock Basketball games, entertaining shows, University events, and community service events so many have enjoyed over the past two decades. It is genuinely a privilege to contribute to the cultural and economic success of Columbia and surrounding areas. It is equally exciting to look ahead to the next twenty-plus years as we strive to provide additional cultural and economic stimulation for our University, city, region, and state while offering a variety of events which may appeal to diverse audiences. Our sincere thanks to all parties who have shared in our success.

Sid Kenyon, General Manager


Thank You to our Awesome Staff!

We celebrate the hardworking staff that have made 20 years possible! We want to thank everyone who lends a hand in helping make Colonial Life Arena events special, without them, it wouldn't be possible! 

In 20 years, we have provided countless memories to more than 8 Million fans...It is incredibly necessary to thank the Midlands community for supporting our events as well as the University of South Carolina and the industry relationships that continue to make it possible. We treasure the opportunity to provide enjoyable experiences and look forward to celebrating this milestone with the community!

Lexie Boone, Senior Assistant General Manager





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