The Classic Center
Downtown Athens, GA

The Classic Center Arena was a part of the 2020 SPLOST vote and construction for the new arena began in January 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 is expected to open in 2024 and will be a place that both residents and guests of the city can enjoy.

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  1. Capacities
Arena Specs, Capacities, and Amenities
  • 5,500 permanent seats 
  • 7,000 for end-stage concert
  • 8,500 in the round
  • 3 basketball courts
  • 4 volleyball courts
  • 150 trade show booths
  • 2,000 banquet attendees
  • 7 trailer load-in docks
  • ice hockey floor
  • 150 ' x 358 ' arena floor 
Elevate Campaign

The Classic Center recently launched ELEVATE, a bold and exciting initiative designed to enhance and expand The Classic Center’s music, education, and entertainment programming. More than 100 business, education, government, and community leaders were involved in developing this strategic plan through a series of workshops and one-on-one interviews over a seven-month period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let us answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Arena.  Do you have additional questions?  Contact us today. 

Construction Updates

JE Dunn is the 13th largest domestic general building contractor in the United States, with offices in 26 locations and hundreds of project sites nationwide - including The Classic Center Arena project in Athens, GA. 

Arena Fly Through

Are you interested in learning about what the inside of The Classic Center Arena will look like?  Enjoy this incredible fly-through video detailing the layout and design of the facility!

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Community Input

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Clay Gilbert

Thorton Brothers

"The Classic Center complex, along with its 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." 

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."

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 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 and provide opportunities for UGA Music Business students to work alongside professionals at major concert events."