Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center


Sarah Britt
Director of Sales

Meghan Carnovale
Sales Manager

Alexa Hawkins
Sales Manager

Joey Mouton
Senior Special Events Ma...

David Hopp
Special Events Manager

Ashleigh Pair Conner, CMP
Director of Events

Sara Fordham
Senior Event Manager

Jennifer Bozzo
Event Manager

Anne Spencer Alexander
Event Coordinator

Scott Carpenter
Security Manager

David Kreider
Chief Engineer

Chip Murrell
Operations Director

Brian Latten-Ford
Operations Supervisor

Abby Rogoski
Sales and Events Adminis...

Mack Stone, CMP
VP/General Manager

Casey Perri
Event Associate

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Q. I want to hold an event at the Convention Center. Where do I start?
A. The first step is to contact the appropriate sales associate, who will walk you through the planning process. 
You will find all of our sales managers listed on our contact page. After you have contracted your event space, you will work with the event and catering departments to detail your event. Your sales manager will direct you to your event and catering contacts. 

Q. Where is the Convention Center located?
A. The Convention Center is located in downtown Columbia, making it South Carolina's only downtown convention center. Our downtown area is referred to as the "City Center Region." The City Center region is home to 5 specialty shopping and dining districts, with "The Vista" district being the Convention Center's backyard. Explore area shops, restaurants other things to do during your visit.

Q. I need directions to the Convention Center.

A. Visit our Maps & Directions page for more information.

Q. How many hotel rooms are within 1 mile of the Convention Center?
A. There are 1,480 hotel rooms within one mile of the Convention Center with a 222 room Convention Hotel (Hilton Columbia Center).

Hotel Name

Distance to Convention Center

Number of Rooms

Hilton Columbia Center



Hampton Inn Downtown Historic District



Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/Vista



Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel



Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC



SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Columbia Downtown



Columbia Marriott Hotel



Clarion Hotel Downtown



Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown



Inn at USC



Q. Can you tell me about my catering options at the Convention Center?
A. The Convention Center has an exclusive in-house caterer, Spectra Food Services & Hospitality. The staff at Spectra are eager to work with you to customize a menu that is perfect for your event's needs. After you have contracted your event space with your Convention Center sales manager, you will then work with the event and catering departments to detail your event. Your sales manager will direct you to your event and catering contacts. 

Q. How many parking spaces are available at the Convention Center?
A. There is a 270 car capacity parking lot adjacent to the Convention Center available for complimentary parking upon availability, and an 800 car parking garage across from the facility on Lincoln and Pendleton Streets (500 spaces may be available for attendees, subject to availability). The Convention Center staff has coordinated parking for as many as 2,200 people through special arrangements made during the planning process. 

Q. Do you have audiovisual services?
A. You can contract with the Convention Center's preferred provider, South Carolina AV (SCAV)

Q. How close is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to the Convention Center?

A. 9 miles. See the Columbia Metropolitan Airport website.

Q. Can you tell me more about Columbia?
A. Visit the official Columbia, SC website for more information about The Real Southern Hot Spot.