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 hotelsrestaurants, and other things to do during your visit. 

Q. I need directions to the Convention Center.

A. Visit our Parking & 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 hotel next door (Hilton Columbia Center).

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 260-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 for more information on flights.

Q. Can you tell me more about Columbia?

A. Visit the official Columbia, SC website for more information about The Real Southern Hot Spot.

Where Should I Stay?

There are nearly 1,500 rooms within one mile of the convention center. We’re happy to arrange rooms for your group within walking distance of the center. Contact us for help!

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