The Classic Center Arena
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The Classic Center Arena was a part of the 2020 SPLOST vote. Construction began in January 2022, along with a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony slated for April 28, 2022.  This facility will have the capacity to hold 8,500 people and has the ability to transform for any occasion from concerts and sports tournaments to banquets and general sessions.  The Classic Center Arena will be a place that both residents and guest of the city can enjoy.


The Classic Center Authority was honored to host theArena Fly Through Event showcasing the details of the interior of the facility.  

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The Classic Center Arena is expected to create over 600 new jobs, bring an additional 90,000 room nights to our community, generate an estimated $30 million worth of economic impact, and host 125 events each year.  

Community Input

Thornton Brothers

Clay Gilbert
Thorton Brothers

"The Classic Center complex, along with their programming, is wonderful for all of Athens not just financially but culturally as well!  Thornton Brothers will continue to support The Center with our money, attendance, and participation." 

David Barbe, UGA Music Business

David Barbe
Director, UGA Music Business Program

"I support The Classic Center Arena.  As a long-time citizen, I feel that each expansion of The Classic Center has brought more large events to Athens, helping both downtown businesses and the labor force that staffs these events.  This arena will expand the scope of possible programming for Athens, including larger scale concerts that are not currently possible in Athens.  In addition to continuing to help the sectors of the local economy that The Classic Center already enhances, this could be a boom for our local concert promoters and production crews, as well as providing opportunities for UGA Music Business students to work alongside professionals at major concert events." 

Christy Terrell, Georgia Power

Christy Terrell
Georgia Power

"The Classic Center is a large economic engine in our community for tourism.  The tourism business generates taxes, and jobs for Athens-Clarke County, and revenues for our local commercial businesses.  With the growth of tourism in the community, Georgia Power sees a direct benefit in power sales."