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Sept. 30, 2004

Columbia, S.C. –
The Colonial Center, the home of the University of South Carolina Gamecock basketball teams, was the busiest arena in the world in terms of concert and entertainment show ticket sales for the month of April, 2004. For that month alone, 88,267 tickets were sold for six major shows, including: Aerosmith; Disney on Ice; Prince; Kenny Chesney; Shania Twain; and Jimmy Buffett.

“It was our belief that the Colonial Center would be a success because we knew Columbia and the entire state of South Carolina would respond positively and this past April’s schedule proves that,” said Mike McGee, USC Director of Athletics.

In 2003, The Colonial Center was ranked 22nd in the world by Pollstar magazine for total tickets sold to concerts and entertainment shows. That does not include the tickets sold to Carolina men’s and women’s basketball games. For the 2003-04 SEC men’s home games, Carolina averaged more than 17,000 fans per game.