The Classic Center

Drawing record attendance for meetings!

The Classic Center is Athens’ and Northeast Georgia’s premier venue for meetings, conventions, conferences, performances and special events.

Meeting planners and attendees flock to Athens thanks to quality facilities, first-class service and this convention center’s location as the hub of downtown Athens’ vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district. Meeting rooms at The Classic Center are just steps away from over 1,700 hotel rooms and a wide array of entertainment options

The Classic Center offers a range of meeting spaces in both size and character. From stately ballrooms and a grand theatre to restored historic reception spaces and charming banquet halls, planners can craft an event that will reflect whatever personality and style is desired.

The Classic Center hosts events of over 8,000, with 373,000 sq. ft. of event space including prefunction and an outdoor pavilion. On-site catering, audiovisual, security, registration and marketing provide a complete package of servicing to ensure your event’s success.




The Classic Center Arena: Coming in 2024

There is now one  more reason to choose Athens for your meeting or convention-- The Classic Center Arena is scheduled to open in 2024 and will hold up to 8,500 for large keynote general sessions, trade shows, indoor sports, live music and more.

Classic Center Arena Rendering

Arena Specs, Capacities, and Amenities

  • 5,635 permanent seats 
  • 6,500 for end-stage concert
  • 8,500 in-the-round
  • 3 basketball courts
  • 6 volleyball courts
  • 140 trade show booths
  • Sensory room
  • 6 trailer load-in docks
  • ice hockey floor
  • 120 ' x 260 ' arena floor 

Plus, you'll only find in Athens:  The Georgia Music Collections by the Special Collections Libraries, located in the arena concourse

For More Information, Contact:

Elyse Worthey-Harris

Director of Sales

Phone: 706-357-4527

Todd Avery

Arena Sales Manager

Phone: 706-357-4496

The Classic Center Updates

Classic Center Meeting Space Highlights

  • Grand Hall: (54,300 sq. ft.)
    A perfect destination for trade shows, meetings and breakout sessions, indoor sporting events like volleyball and gymnastics or even a large wedding.

  • Athena Ballroom: (17,615 sq. ft.)
    A versatile and sophisticated space featuring wall-to-wall carpet and crystal chandeliers.

  • Atrium: (8,400 sq. ft.)
    Modeled after the open, classic design of Grand Central Station, with floor-to-ceiling windows that display majestic views of Athens.

  • 130 Foundry St. Building: (8,500 sq. ft.)
    Award-winning renovated historic space with exposed brick walls, wooden beam ceilings and original warehouse doors.

  • 440 Foundry Pavilion: (22,000 sq. ft.)
    A top choice for an outdoor, downtown event, tailgating, even ice-skating in the winter.

  • Classic Center Theatre: (2,100 seats)
    Well-appointed 2,100 seat performing arts theatre with an impressive lineup of talent, plus available for private events.

  • Akins Arena: (54,025 sq. ft.)
    A multi-function space that can easily transform from an indoor sporting facility (including removable ice rink) to a concert venue.


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