Colonial Life Arena Celebrates 20 Years

Columbia, SC — Colonial Life Arena, coined “The Crown Jewel” of the Palmetto State, will celebrate 20 years as the treasure of South Carolina in November.

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,” said Sid Kenyon, General Manager of the Colonial Life Arena. “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.”

“In 20 years, we have provided countless memories to more than 8 million fans,” noted Lexie Boone, Senior Assistant General Manager of the Colonial Life Arena. “It is incredibly necessary to thank the Midlands community for supporting our events as well as the University of South Carolina and 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.”

As Colonial Life Arena prepares to commemorate 20 years, fans are encouraged to sign-up for the Treasure Hunt Escape Room for the chance to win the GOLDEN TICKET – two tickets to every ticketed event FOR A YEAR (some exclusions may apply). For the escape room challenge, four teams selected by local Alpha Media stations HOT 103.9/93.9 and LIVE 93.5 will participate in a themed adventure where they will find clues to solve puzzles in effort to locate “lost treasure” which includes the golden ticket. Participants may choose which station they want to represent by registering to participate on the station’s website. Teams are groups of two participants and they may register with HOT 103.9/93.9 HERE or with LIVE 93.5 HERE by Sunday, November 13 at 11:59 PM. Participating teams will be selected and notified on November 14; the challenge will take place on Thursday, November 17 at Colonial Life Arena.

Fans can also join in on the anniversary celebration by submitting their favorite memories for the chance to win a pair of tickets to an event of their choice, based on availability. Memories can be submitted online HERE by November 30 at 11:59 PM.

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