The Classic Center

Downtown Athens, GA

Sports & Entertainment Facilities At The Classic Center

The Classic Center blends modern spaces with state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled customer service for an unforgettable experience. The Classic Center holds sports and entertainment events at our multiple facilities in Athens, GA. Conveniently located near downtown Athens, attendees have fast access to restaurants, hotels, and shops after events. From sporting events and concerts to plays and other entertainment events, The Classic Center provides stunning accommodations and venues for every type of event. Please contact us to request available dates or obtain cost estimates specifically for a Theatre/Ticketed Performance style event. 

Akins Ford Arena at The Classic Center - UGA Ice Hockey

Convention Center, Sports, and Entertainment Facility

When hosting your event at The Classic Center, we offer access to various venues, including:

  • 56,000 square foot exhibit hall 
  • Grand Hall with banquet seating for 3,000 and theatre seating for 6,000
  • 2,100-seat performing arts theatre
  • 8,000 square feet atrium
  • COMING SOON: 8,500-capacity arena

 The Classic Center Theatre

The Classic Center Theatre is an excellent choice when you want the feel of small-town charm with big-city polish. There's enough space for all types of events, from fundraising events and church services to community plays and concerts. The Classic Center Theatre is home to events like the Broadway Entertainment Series, The Athens Symphony Orchestra, hundreds of singers and comedians, and more. National touring performers love the large state with a theatre sits over 2,100 people. 

Grand Hall/Akins Ford Arena

Home of the University of Georgia's Hockey Club!  At over 54,000 sq. ft. Akins Ford Arena is a great place to take in a sporting event. This is the place to come for sporting events like boxing matches, pickleball tournaments, and more. The Classic Center Grand Hall is rectangular-shaped, making it easy to convert into a concert hall. Best of all, Grand Hall offers banquet seating for 3,000 people and theatre seating for 6,000 people. We transform the floor into an ice-skating rink during the colder months for a great time. Whether you're at the Grand Hall for a general session or Akins Ford Arena for a sporting or entertainment event, you're in for a treat!

Coming Soon: The Classic Center Arena

In 2023, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the greatest sports and entertainment in our brand-new arena. Created as part of the 2020 SPLOST, The Classic Center Arena will hold 5,500 permanent seats with a 7,000-seat concert capacity. We’re excited to open it for sporting events, conventions, concerts, and more! 

We want our attendees to “Be Impressed” by all we do. Our sporting and entertainment events are top-notch. We offer ample parking, the best location within walking distance of downtown, and the perfect venue for all your needs. 

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