About Colonial Life Arena
Colonial Life Arena is the primary home to the University of South Carolina men’s and women’s basketball teams. Opened as a replacement for the Carolina Coliseum with the name Carolina Center in 2002, the 18,000-seat arena is also host to various events, including conferences, concerts, and graduation ceremonies. It is the largest arena in the state of South Carolina and the eighth largest campus college arena.
The arena first opened on November 22, 2002, with the season opener of the South Carolina women’s basketball team. A near sell-out crowd of 17,712 fans saw the 72–58 Gamecocks victory over in-state rival Clemson. The official grand opening took place on December 2, 2002 with the Gamecocks men’s basketball team defeating Temple 66–47. On January 26, 2010, South Carolina defeated #1 ranked and undefeated Kentucky 68–62 in the arena, one of the biggest wins in South Carolina history.
- 16,880 cubic yards of earth moved, which is enough to fill 222 swimming pools
- 3,848 tons of steel, which would weigh equal to 96,200 quarters, which would equal $24,050
- 125 miles of cable, which would stretch between Columbia and Folly Beach
- 1,872 tons of cooling, which would cool an average of 12 grocery stores
- 205,384 bricks and 60,137 concrete blocks, which would stretch the entire length of Lake Murray (41 miles)
- 8,750 gallons of paint, which would paint approximately 115 average Columbia 2-story houses
- 4,781 square yards of carpet, which would carpet approximately the field at Williams-Brice Stadium
- 443 people working on building the arena at a given time, which would staff 44 fast-food restaurants
- 1,158,000 man-hours to complete Colonial Life Arena, which would equal two working hours from each person living in the Columbia Metro area
- Opened: November 21, 2002
- Seating Capacity: 18,000
- Project Cost: $64 Million
- Square Feet: 342,000
- Former Name: Carolina Center (2002–2003)
- Former Name: Colonial Center (2003–2008)
South Carolina Men's Basketball
Colonial Life Arena is the home for Gamecock men’s basketball, led by Lamont Paris, in his first season. Carolina advanced to its first-ever Final Four in 2017 and amassed a school-record 26 wins along the way, including 15 of those victories on its home court at Colonial Life Arena. South Carolina set attendance records for both total attendance and average attendance last season, as a total of 241,126 fans, an average of 13,396 fans per game, attended Gamecock home contests in 2016-17. Nationally, the Gamecocks have ranked 15th in total attendance, which was third in the SEC, and 21st in average attendance, which was fourth in the SEC. Over the course of the last three seasons, Colonial Life Arena has been sold out five times for Carolina men’s basketball games.
South Carolina Women's Basketball
Colonial Life Arena is home to 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champion South Carolina and has become one of the most feared home courts in the nation. The Gamecocks have led the nation in attendance the last six seasons and used the power of the crowd – routinely over 10,000 strong – to establish a perennial presence on the national scene. The five-time SEC champions have gone undefeated at home three times in the last seven seasons and lost just eight times on their home court in that span. In 12 seasons under head coach Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks have featured the 2020 National Freshman of the Year, the 2018 National Player of the Year, six All-Americans, two SEC Players of the Year and 17 All-SEC selections. The Gamecocks have hosted NCAA Tournament games at Colonial Life Arena since 2015 in addition to regular-season meetings with nationally recognized programs, including six sellout crowds of 18,000 fans in the last five seasons.