Editor Pick : Nearby Hotel
Nearby Hotel near Colonial Life Arena
Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District
822 Gervais Street, Columbia
Just down the street from the Colonial Life Arena, the Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District features pillowtop mattresses, and sheets so soft you won't even want to get up for your day of Columbia adventures. Treat yourself to free breakfast in the morning, and make sure to explore all that the historic nearby Congaree Vista District has to offer before heading to the event.
0.4 miles from Colonial Life Arena
v3 mins driving Uber from $4-5
t7 mins walking
REVIEW SCORE4.57 - Wonderful
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Editor Pick : Top Rated Hotel
Top Rated Hotel near Colonial Life Arena
Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista
819 Gervais Street, Columbia
The Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista is also only a short jaunt from the Colonial Life Arena. It offers breakfast, sofa-beds, flat screen TVs, an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a fully equipped cafe to indulge in day or night. Head on over to the nearby South Carolina campus sometime during your visit to explore the storied grounds.
0.4 miles from Colonial Life Arena
v2 mins driving Uber from $4-5
t9 mins walking
Editor Pick : Alternative Hotel
Alternative Hotel near Colonial Life Arena
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
1400 Main Street, Columbia
A little further north in Finlay Park, the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel is still only a 15 to 20-minute bus ride away from the Colonial Life Arena. Stroll the historic neighbourhood, check out the Horseshoe lawn on the University of South Carolina campus, or settle in for drinks in the breathtaking rooftop bar before heading to the event or exploring the many other attractions nearby.
0.9 miles from Colonial Life Arena
v4 mins driving Uber from $4-5
t17 mins walking
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What's the surrounding area like?

Colonial Life Arena is smack dab in the middle of Columbia, so you'll find plenty to do both before and after the concert or game. Museums, parks, historic markers, shopping, restaurants and bars are all plentiful.

How can I spend the day in Columbia before heading to a concert?

The Columbia Museum of Art

With breadth and diversity to rival more famous museums around the world, the Columbia Museum of Art is well worth a visit. Make sure to check out its visiting collection, which has featured a range of prominent artists.

Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park

With the words "canal" and "riverfront" in its name, you better bet the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park offers a peaceful, beautiful setting for a stroll through the park. Go for a bicycle ride, unwind on a picnic blanket or even try your hand at fishing while you're here.

South Carolina State House

The Greek Revival South Carolina State House is both grand and intimidating. Explore the ornate decor inside, or wander around outside for an up close encounter with one of the many monuments scattered across the grounds.

Where are the best places to eat and drink near Colonial Life Arena?

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Sizzling steak and mouth-watering sides are sure to please every visiting meat and potato lover. Just a 6-minute walk from the arena, this is an excellent stop for pre- or post-game fortification.

Thirsty Fellow

Just as convenient as Ruth's, the Thirsty Fellow offers everything from stone-fired pizza to gorgonzola potato chips as well as beer and wine in a comfortable atmosphere. Patrons consistently call it some of the best food in Columbia, without the need to dress up. Stop in here to celebrate after a win or a concert done right.

Menkoi Ramen House

For fans of ramen, the Menkoi Ramen House can't be beat when it comes to price, quality, or convenience. This is a great option hands down, and especially when you're late for an event and need a quick bite.

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What's the best way to get to Colonial Life Arena?

The Colonial Life Arena is located in the heart of downtown Columbia, which means that it should be walkable from most hotels you might be staying at. If you're a little further afield, local buses will drop you right outside of the arena. Check out the COMET transportation websitefor routes and times.

Is there any parking?

The Colonial Life Arena itself doesn't offer any parking, but there are several parking lots within walking distance. Prices vary by lot and by show. Note:The lots are cash only, so make sure to stop by the ATM beforehand.

How much are drinks/food in Colonial Life Arena?

A snack can cost anywhere from $4.50 for a pretzel to $10 for a bag of popcorn, while meals fall in the $6 range for a Chicken Caesar wrap to the $18 range for a whole pizza. Wine and beer are about $8 to $10, and you can pick up a bottomless soda for $12.

What kind of food and drink can visitors expect?

You'll find typical American fare here, from burgers to hot dogs and roasted peanuts. Beer is mostly Bud, Miller, and Coors Light. Alcohol may be restricted at some NCAA events, and food is sometimes changed for certain proprietary events, like Circus and Disney.

What time do doors normally open?

Doors open 1 hour prior to the event. This may vary, so check with your ticket issuer.

Any other important information visitors should know?

If you're of legal drinking age, you can pledge to be a part of the Designated Driver Program. Just sign the Designated Driver pledge, agree to refrain from drinking for the night, and you will receive a coupon for a free soft drink or bottle of water and will also be entered to win a gift package.

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Colonial Life Arena Reviews

This venue is ranked #4 of 5 rated venues in Columbia

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Very Good - 4 out of 5

, Winston Salem

Great arena.

Liked: Carrie Underwood.
Disliked: The Swon Brothers did not perform long enough.


Disappointing - 2 out of 5

, Ocean Isle Beach Wed, 7 August 2013

Liked: Large arena, could accomodate large crowds although the arena could have done more to accomodate traffic flow; prices for nosebleed section was not worth it.
Disliked: Very overpriced for nosebleed section - it was difficult to see show; large video screens would have been helpful for those higher up; navigating through crowded hallways was chaotic and downright scary - crowds were pushing and shoving. No crowd control or hallway navigation help.


Exceptional - 5 out of 5

, Summerville Sun, 17 March 2013

Liked: Wonderful place and great shows!

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