VENUE SPACES

The Classic Center

Downtown Athens, GA


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440 Foundry Pavilion

The 440 Foundry Pavilion is the newest addition to the list of Classic Center venues. The versatility of this space will make it a must-have for events of all kinds. Whether you are looking for a place to park your RV to tailgate during a University of Georgia football game, want to spend the afternoon ice skating, or are interested in hosting an elegant outdoor reception, this space will accommodate you! Drive-in access and convenient on-site parking make this venue a top choice for an outdoor downtown event!

440 Foundry Pavilion
  • Area: 22,000 square feet
  • Ceiling Height:   16 feet
  • Banquet Style: 1,100 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Arena

The Classic Center Arena will be the new local hub for large-scale events, with the capacity to hold up to 8,500 guests. This space will transform to accommodate any occasion, from concerts and sports tournaments, to general sessions and trade shows. The arena will be directly connected to The Classic Center's state-of-the-art facility and is just a short walk to Downtown Athens, which boasts a multitude of restaurants and hotels perfect for your event guests.  

The Classic Center Arena
  • Floor Dimensions (Lenth by Width): Telescopic seats fully retracted 120' x 260' 
  • Floor Dimensions (Length by Width): Telescopic seats in place 85' x 240' 
  • Hockey Capacity: 5,500 fans
  • End-Stage Concert Capacity: 6,200+
  • Maximum Capacity: 8,500

Atrium

The Atrium is modeled after the openness and classic design of Grand Central Station, with floor-to-ceiling windows that display majestic views of Athens. The arched truss ceiling and black and white Italian tile flooring accompany the light and open space, ensuring the room can conform to any vision. With a built-in registration area that can be easily transformed into a dining service counter, the possibilities of this room are endless.

Atrium
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 84 feet by 100 feet
  • Area: 8,400 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 45 feet
  • Banquet Style: 300 people
  • Reception Style: 500 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Athena Ballroom

Looking to make your event a classic? The sophisticated elegance of the Athena Ballroom is the perfect backdrop for any meeting or event. Wall-to-wall carpet and four beautiful crystal chandeliers create a warm, inviting atmosphere for all your guests. Home to various events, including the annual University of Georgia Football Gala and the Athens Technical College OWL Awards Luncheon, the versatility of this space is extraordinary.

Athena
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 160 feet by 110 feet 10 inches
  • Area: 18,000 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 18 feet / 20 feet / 22 feet
  • Banquet Style: 1,000 people
  • Reception Style: 1,900 people
  • Athena Ballroom combined rooms are available in many different combinations, please contact us for more information
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

The Classic Center Theatre

This venue provides the perfect combination of big-city polish and small-town charm. It is no surprise that this site has become home to a myriad of community events, including church services, meetings, community fundraising events, and the extremely popular Athens Symphony concerts, in addition to an impressive lineup of national touring performers.

Theatre
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 97 feet by 59 feet stage
  • Area: 2,122 seats
  • Ceiling Height: 75 feet grid height
  • View Theatre Seating Map
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Cypress

Cypress is perfect for meetings and breakout sessions. With a spacious pre-function area featuring gorgeous new floors and natural lighting, this room is great for networking events or social gatherings.

Cypress
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 34 feet by 59 feet
  • Area: 2,006 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 9 feet
  • Banquet Style: 130 people
  • Reception Style: 200 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Empire

A gorgeous brick wall and spacious interior make this room the perfect contemporary setting for a wedding or meeting. Custom designed carpet combined with the original brick siding makes this room easy to dress up with minimal effort. Newly renovated, this space is fresh and fun for your guests.

OconeeRiver
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 49 feet by 76 feet
  • Area: 3,724 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 12 feet
  • Banquet Style: 200 people
  • Reception Style: 300 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Grand Hall/Akins Ford Arena

The possibilities are endless when hosting events in the Grand Hall! Its ability to transform from a concert venue for 6,000 guests to an intimate meeting space for 50 confirms that this space will undoubtedly fulfill all of your needs. It is the perfect destination for trade shows, meetings and breakout sessions, indoor sporting events, family attractions, or even a large wedding.

The Grand Hall
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 367 feet by 145 feet
  • Area: 54,025 square feet
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Ligotti Hall

Named in honor of the Founder and Conductor of the Athens Symphony from 1978 to 2012, Ligotti Hall is a versatile space with one classic brick wall, tastefully juxtaposed against newly renovated inner walls. This space is located in its own hallway and is perfect for private events or breakout sessions.

Ligotti Hall
  • Area: 3,337 square feet
  • Ceiling Height:   8 feet
  • Banquet Style: 180 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Oconee River Room

Spacious and modern, Oconee River is stylish and fun. The pre-function space mixes iron and wood accents perfect for a meet and greet or a “first look” wedding photo shoot. A quick walk from our parking deck, this space is incredibly convenient and easy for patrons to access.

Oconee River Room
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 49 feet by 76 feet
  • Area: 3,724 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 12 feet
  • Banquet Style: 200 people
  • Reception Style: 300 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs

Olympia/Parthenon

Parthenon, which mirrors Olympia, is versatile and convenient, making it perfect for meetings, breakout sessions, and more. The pre-function space associated with this location features a changing art gallery displaying local artists' work.

Olympia
  • Dimensions (Length by Width): 55 feet by 68 feet 6 inches
  • Area: 3,388 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 10 feet / 12 feet
  • Banquet Style: 180 people
  • Capacity subject to change based on set style and equipment needs