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The Mission of The Classic Center

The Classic Center Authority shall enhance the quality of life in Athens-Clarke County by serving as the cultural, civic and social center of the Southeast and by generating maximum economic impact.

The Classic Center is northeast Georgia's premier award winning convention center and performing arts theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center provides unique meeting space, outstanding special events services and a wide range of entertainment options, making this unconventional convention center the choice for conferences, meetings and special events!

Brand Statement

"Through a thoughtfully planned and conveniently placed facility, located in a uniquely vibrant and charming cultural environment and proactive, creative approach to customer service, The Classic Center elevates the experience of events to exceed the expectations of our guests."

Core Values

Hospitality, Teamwork & Leadership

The Classic Center is under the auspices of The Classic Center Authority (CCA), a political subdivision of the state government, created on March 10, 1988, as enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. The five-member CCA board of directors is appointed by the Athens-Clarke County Commission.

CCA board meetings are held at The Classic Center on the the fourth Tuesday of every month, at 4 p.m. The agendas for each meeting held from now back through January 2014 are listed here:

January 2015 Agenda      October 2014 Agenda      September 2014 Agenda      July 2014 Agenda

June 2014 Agenda      May 2014 Agenda      April 2014 Agenda      March 2014 Agenda

February 2014 Agenda      January 2014 Agenda

To request a copy of the minutes from one of the CCA board meetings, please send an email to

The current members of the CCA board of directors are listed below with their membership terms.

Charlie M. Maddox (Chair) through June 30, 2016
Gwen O'Looney (Vice Chair) through June 30, 2015
Bill Douglas (Secretary/Treasurer) through June 30, 2015
Richard Boone through June 30, 2016
L. Ryan Brinson through June 30, 2018

The Classic Center has been under the leadership of Executive Director Paul Cramer since it opened in 1995. Considered the crown jewel of downtown Athens, The Classic Center's motto is "Be Impressed," and guests most certainly are. Nearly 365,000 people attend more than 1,200 events each year in the convention center and theatre.

300 N Thomas Street
Athens, GA 30601
p 706.208.0900 • 1.800.918.6393
f 706.548.0870

Administrative Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Box Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST
Sunday, Closed   |   p 706.357.4444

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