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The Classic Center

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Located in the heart of historic downtown Athens' shopping, dining, and entertainment district, The Classic Center brings together state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled customer service in a convention venue that features new and modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historic structures. From intimate social gatherings in warm spaces that have won historic preservation awards to multi-faceted conventions of over 6,000, The Classic Center has just the right setting to exceed all expectations for planners seeking to hold a meeting or convention in Georgia.

 


Convention South 101 Largest Expo Halls BadgeEXPANSION NEWS:
  A Gala Grand Opening took place February 27, 2013, featuring a ribbon cutting and performance by The Boston Pops.  The Gala celebrated a beautiful new 8,000-sq.-ft. atrium and a newly-expanded 56,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall.

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EXPANSION FACT SHEET

 

 

 

 

TOUR THE EXPANSION:

  • Meeting Planners, Contact CVB Director of Sales Tripp McKenney to schedule your personal tour. 706-357-4430, tripp@VisitAthensGA.com

 

Green Meetings ApprovedClassic Center Facility Highlights:  (click on Meeting Facilities tab above for room specs)

  • 105,000 sq.ft. of convention space
  • 56,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall divisible by 8
  • LEED certified expansion
  • 35 breakout rooms
  • Accommodations for 275 10' x 10' booths
  • Banquet seating for 3,000
  • Theatre seating for 6,000
  • Onsite 40' x 60' movable stage
  • Direct drive-on access
  • New catering kitchen
  • Floor boxes on 30' x 30' grid with water, drainage, compressed air, 60 amp power, fiber optic and Category 6 infrastructure
  • Two 600 amp, 3-phase power drops
  • Two permanent locations equipped with line array systems
  • Acoustical clouds in ceiling and perimeter walls
  • 8,000 sq. ft. enclosed Atrium for exhibits, prefunction space or registration
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities
  • Flexible space including 35 rooms to accommodate general sessions, break-outs and social events
  • 2,056 seat performing arts theatre
  • Attached 654 space parking deck  with FREE parking for meeting attendees
  • Complete in-house services including audio-visual, decorator and catering
  • Complimentary wi-fi available throughout the facility
  • In-house catering featuring Center Stage Catering, a division of Epting Events
  • One-stop-shop for event services such as online registration, nametags, signage and production of educational materials
  • Award-winning customer service
  • Walking distance to 1,500 hotel rooms – including adjacent 185-room Hilton Garden Inn
  • Located in downtown Athens, GA, with 150 unique dining, shopping and entertainment options

Athens is easily accessible by five major highways and convenient to two interstates that link Athens to the Atlanta and Greenville-Spartanburg International airports.

 

 

The Classic Center Meeting Facility

  • Largest Rooms: 55000.00
  • Total Sqft.: 105000.00
  • Theatre Capacity: 6000
  • Banquet Capacity: 3000
  • Number of Booths: 273

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Meeting Facility Rooms

Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
ATHENA BALLROOM (total)   17700.00   110 X 160   18     1600     860     1000     1900  
Athena Ballroom A-E or F-J   9000.00   110 X 79   79     700     360     450     650  
Athena Ballrooms A-D, G-J (each)   1000.00   27 X 36   18     100     44     50     75  
Athena Ballrooms E & F (each)   4802.00   43 X 110   18     460     260     240     400  
ATRIUM   8400.00   84 X 100   45     690     360     360     520  
CYPRESS ROOM (total)   2006.00   59 X 34   9     230     104     130     200  
Cypress Room 1   1258.00   37 X 34   9     150     60     80     125  
Cypress Room 2   748.00   22 X 34   9     80     48     50     70  
EMPIRE ROOM (total)   3724.00   76 X 49   12     420     212     200     300  
Empire Room 1 & 2 (each)   1813.00   37 X 49   12     210     120     100     150  
FIRE HALL   2000.00   40 X 48   13     150     60     90     150  
FOUNDRY PLAZA   5000.00   68 X 74       560         320     500  
GRAND HALL `1-8 (total)   54025.00   145 X 367   16     6015     1764     2820     4060  
Grand Hall 1   1972.00   34 X 58   16     192     72     120     150  
Grand Hall 1-5   8410.00   145 X 58   16     744     360     480     690  
Grand Hall 1-6   14210.00   145 X 98   16/18/35'     1186     480     600     860  
Grand Hall 1-7   29580.00   145' X 204'   16/18/35'     2751     1056     1600     2300  
Grand Hall 2-4 (each)   1450.00   25 X 58   16/18'     120     72     80     110  
Grand Hall 5   1972.00   34' X 58'   16/18'     192     72     120     150  
Grand Hall 6   5727.00   145 X 39   16             200     290  
Grand Hall 6 & 7   21025.00   145' X 145'   16/35'     1792     816     1100     1580  
Grand Hall 6-8   45397.00   145' X 307'6"   16/35'     5144     1872     2200     3180  
Grand Hall 7   15225.00   145' X 105'   35     1334     576     710     1025  
Grand Hall 7-8   39670.00   145 X 268   35     4308     1536     2000     2900  
Grand Hall 8   24300.00   150' X 162'   35'     2240     1080     1200     1725  
HIGH SHOALS ROOM (total)   3337.00   71 X 47   8     390     168     180     250  
High Shoals Room 1&2 (each)   1645.00   35 X 47   8     190     84     90     125  
Oak Board Room 1   345.00   23 X 15   9         10          
Oak Board Room 2   345.00   23 X 15   9     48     10          
OCONEE RIVER ROOM (total)   3871.00   79 X 49   12     420     220     210     300  
Oconee River Room 1   1862.00   38 X 49   12     210     112     100     150  
Oconee River Room 2   1862.00   38 X 49   12     210     92     100     150  
OLYMPIA ROOM (total)   3249.00   66 X 55   10     420     164     180     260  
Olympia Room 1   1459.00   30 X 55   10     180     64     80     110  
Olympia Room 2   1790.00   35 X 55   10     240     100     120     150  
PARTHENON ROOM (total)   3388.00   68 X 55   10     425     200     180     270  
Parthenon Room 1   1790.00   33 X 55   10     240     100     120     150  
Parthenon Room 2   1598.00   32 X 55   10     185     100     80     120  
THEATRE     X       2100              
WILLOW ROOM   1040.00   26 X 40   13     100     52     50     75  

Athens Small Business Summit

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Running With the Dawgs 5K, 11th Annual

    From: May 26, 2014 - May 26, 2014
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Classic City Rollergirls vs. Charlotte Rollergirls: B-Dazzlers

    From: May 31, 2014 - May 31, 2014
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Classic City Rollergirls vs. Vette City Roller Derby

    From: July 19, 2014 - July 19, 2014
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Classic City BBQ Festival

    From: August 15, 2014 - August 16, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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Classic City Rollergirls vs. Greenville Derby Dames

    From: August 23, 2014 - August 23, 2014
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