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The Classic Center

Shannon McCullough
300 North Thomas Street

Athens, Georgia 30601

6000Largest Group
29Meeting Rooms
1,200Overnight Guests
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The Classic Center is northeast Georgia's premier award winning convention center and performing arts theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center provides over 105,000 square feet of unique meeting space, convenient on-site parking equipped with water and power, over 1,200 hotel rooms within walking distance, on-ste catering, audio/visual, security and registration and marketing services, as well as a wide range of entertainment options, making this unconventional convention center the choice for conferences, meetings and special events! The Classic Center is perfect for every occasion!

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Atlanta (60 miles) Augusta (98 miles) Commerce (19 miles) Madison (30 miles) Lawrenceville (42 miles) Greenville, South Carolina (100 miles)
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Atlanta) / 90
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Within walking distance
Newly expanded 56,000 square foot exhibit hall that can accommodate up to 275 ten feet by ten feet booths, The Grand Hall has banquet seating for 3,000 and theatre seating for 6,000. The Classic Center also hosts an 8,000 square feet atrium, as well as flexible space including 35 rooms to accommodate general sessions, break-outs and social events. Our venue has a 2,100 seat performing arts theatre and a 22,000 square foot outdoor and covered pavilion with seating for 500 for tradeshows and space for up to 100 vendors. Attached to our facility is a 644 space parking deck.
Room Type(s):
Grand Halls, Ballrooms, Atrium, Meeting Rooms
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In-house services include complimentary wireless internet access, dedicated internet access, audio-visual with plug-and-play capabilities and on-site technical staff.
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The Classic Center and Levy Restaurants are proud to present Chef Daniel Massie as Executive Chef. From traditional tastes of the South to dynamic modern flavors, Daniel and his team present food in a way that elevates and highlights fresh, local ingredients.
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Special rates and packages are available upon request.
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Outdoor Event Space
Social/Special events
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Youth Event/Meetings/Camps

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Athena Ballroom Athena Ballroom A-J
  • 1,000-18,000 Square Feet
  • 100-1,600 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 44-860 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 50-1,000 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 75-1,900 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 100 8'x10' booths

Olympia Room Olympia Room 1 & 2
  • 1,459-3,249 Square Feet
  • 180-420 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 64-164 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 80-180 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 110-260 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 20 8'x10' booths

Parthenon Room Parthenon Room 1 & 2
  • 1,598-3,388 Square Feet
  • 185-425 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 100-200 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 80-180 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 120-270 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 20 8'x10' booths

Empire Room Empire Room 1 & 2
  • 1,813-3,724 Square Feet
  • 210-420 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 92-212 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 100-200 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 150-300 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 24 8'x10' booths

Willow Room Willow Room cannot be broken down into different combinations of rooms.
  • Up to 7 8'x10' booths

Oconee River Room Oconee River Room 1 & 2
  • 1,862-3,871 Square Feet
  • 210-420 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 92-220 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 100-210 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 150-300 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 24 8'x10' booths

Ligotti Hall Ligotti Hall 1 & 2
  • 1,645-3,337 Square Feet
  • 190-390 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 84-168 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 90-180 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 125-250 Reception Style Capacity

Cypress Room Cypress Room 1 & 2
  • 1,258-2,006 Square Feet
  • 80-230 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 30-104 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 50-130 Banquet Style Capacity (10/table)
  • 70-200 Reception Style Capacity

Oak Boardroom 1
  • 345 Square Feet
  • 48 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 10 Board Classroom Style Capacity

Oak Boardroom 2
  • 345 Square Feet
  • 48 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 10 Board Classroom Style Capacity

Grand Hall Grand Hall 1-8
  • 1,450-54,025 Square Feet
  • 120-6,015 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 72-1,764 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 80-2,820 Banquet Style Capcity (10/table)
  • 110-4,060 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 273 10'x10' booths

Theatre The Classic Center Theatre cannot be broken down into different combinations of rooms.
  • 80' Fly
  • 2,100 Theatre Style Capacity

Atrium The Atrium cannot be broken down into different combinations of rooms.
  • 8,400 Square Feet
  • 690 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 360 Classroom Style Capacity
  • 360 Banquet Style Capacity (10/Table)
  • 520 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 36 8' x 10' booths

440 Foundry Pavilion
  • 16,000 Covered Square Feet
  • 2,380 Theatre Style Capacity
  • 1,100 Banquet Style Capacity (10/Table)
  • 1,600 Reception Style Capacity
  • Up to 88 10' x 10' booths



Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown 185 Hotel Private yes
Graduate Athens 122 Hotel Private yes
Hotel Indigo-Athens 130 Hotel Private yes
Holiday Inn Athens 209 Hotel Private yes
Georgia Gameday Center 68 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Holiday Inn Express 160 Hotel Private yes
Courtyard by Marriott 105 Hotel Private yes
Days Inn 74 Hotel Private yes
Travel Inn 40 Hotel Private yes
Best Western Athens 67 Hotel Private yes
Wingate by Wyndham Athens 73 Hotel Private yes
UGA Hotel and Conference Center 200 Hotel Private yes
Bulldog Inn 51 Hotel Private yes
Hampton Inn 112 Hotel Private yes
Country Inn & Suites 81 Hotel Private yes
Howard Johnson 100 Hotel Private yes
Quality Inn and Suites 45 Hotel Private yes
Candlewood Suites 97 Hotel Private yes
Sleep Inn & Suites 65 Hotel Private yes


  • Levy Restaurants

    Over the last decade, Levy has redefined the state of convention center dining and hospitality, energizing the meeting experience with their award-wining, restaurateur approach. By delivering freshly prepared menus, sourcing locally produced ingredients and activating robust learning and development programs, Levy has continued to innovate the event day at top venues around the country, including David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Georgia World Congress Center, the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center also awarded in 2014, among others.

    Levy will leverage their deep bench of culinary and hospitality resources, including award-winning training and development programs, analytics and more to elevate the guest experience at The Classic Center.



  • The Branded Butcher
    225 North Lumpkin Street
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: (706) 850-5152

    A local restaurant focused on local and organic produce, pasture raised meats, and the art of charcuterie. The back patio is available for private rental. HOURS: Monday through SaturdayKitchen open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.Oyster menu available 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Bar open 4 p.m. to close SundayKitchen open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, check out The Rooftop by the Branded Butcher, next door atop the Georgia Theatre, open daily 11:30 until the theatre closes.
  • Five Bar
    269 N. Hull Street
    Athens, GA 30605
    Phone: (706) 543-5515

    Opened in January 2013 in the Cotton Exchange Building , Five Bar focuses on five easy choices in each section of the menu: apps, entrees, wines, beers and brunch. Co-owner Cris Eddings says, "we want to do a few things and do them well." A particular focus is on the sushi bar and fresh catch flown in from the Gulf of Mexico. Five Bar is open for dinner every night from 5 p.m. and for brunch on Sundays. Prices range from $13 to $26 for entrees. It has a full bar and takes credit cards.
  • George's Lowcountry Table
    2095 S. Milledge Ave.
    Athens, GA 30605
    Phone: (706) 548-3359

    George's Lowcountry Table is an upscale, full-service restaurant serving Southern comfort cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The menu features standards like shrimp and grits and crab cakes and specials such as Lowcountry boil. A private dining room can seat groups of up to 40.
  • Heirloom CafĂ© and Fresh Market
    815 N. Chase St.
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: (706) 354-7901

    This farm-to-table cafe and market serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus brunch on the weekends. It was awarded the 2016-2017 distinction of "100 Plates Locals Love" by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division. The neighborhood restaurant serves a wide variety of dishes prepared from local, seasonal ingredients. Gluten-free options available.  
  • Hendershot's
    237 Prince Avenue
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: 706-353-3050

    Hendershot's Coffee located in Bottleworks on Prince Ave. has a full bar offering coffee, tea, beer, wine and cocktails. Full kitchen serving lunch daily and supper six nights a week. Live music six days week with both local and national acts including Americana, Jazz, Comedy and other styles of music. Free wi-fi with plenty of parking behind. To-go food options are available, as well as dine-in. Vegetarian, vegan, and kid-friendly options available.
  • LRG Provisions
    1653 South Lumpkin Street
    Athens, GA 30606
    Phone: (706) 850-2020

    LRG Provisions was created by Jaamy Zarnegar, Melissa Clegg, and Jeneane McGuire of the Last Resort Grill. Their menus are inspired by southern ingredients. They offer dining on-site on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. nights. Additionally, they provide private dining for up to 85 guests for dinner, lunch or brunch and more for cocktail parties. This is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, corporate events, VIP dinners and family celebrations and is available for private events 7 days a week.   
  • Porterhouse Grill
    459 E. Broad Street
    Athens, GA 30605
    Phone: 706-369-0990

    For over a decade, the Porterhouse Grill has been the first choice and consistent favorite of Athens residents and visitors in search of a great steak in a comfortable fine dining atmosphere. New: ten incredible $8.50 lunch entrees during the week, Sunday brunch, off-site catering arm, premium tailgate packages. Walk-ins welcome. Reservations gladly accepted. Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday 3 - 11 p.m. Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • South Kitchen + Bar
    247 E. Washington St., Suite 101
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: (706) 850-6277

    South Kitchen + Bar is a new casual dining experience that is exciting and affordable. Chef Chris Benson’s flavor-obsessed menu combines his training in traditional cuisine with his passion for Southern cooking. LUNCH served Monday - Friday; 11 AM - 3 PM HAPPY HOUR (1/2 priced specialty cocktails) 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Saturday DINNER 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Monday-Thursday, Sunday 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM Friday + Saturday BRUNCH 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday + Sunday
  • Pulaski Heights BBQ
    675 Pulaski Street, Suite 100
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: (706) 583-9600

    Pulaski Heights BBQ is a locally owned restaurant in The Leathers Building specializing in barbecue and smoked meats. Mondays are Kids' Day at PHBBQ. One free kid's plate with a paid adult meal! Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m
  • Mama's Boy
    197 Oak Street
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: 706-548-6249

    This locally owned and run restaurant is a local favorite hot spot for breakfast and brunch. Named one of "The South's Best Biscuit Joints" by Southern Living. Vegan and vegetarian options available. Mama's Boy is conveniently located near Downtown, The Classic Center, and the North Oconee Greenway. Indoor and outdoor seating available. HOURS: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., seven days a week. Also offering catering services and evening rental for rehearsal dinners, private parties and special events.
  • The Place
    229 East Broad Street
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: (404) 815-9327

    Joining Athens, Ga.’s diverse culinary landscape, The Place delivers on the town’s demand for refined Southern cuisine, classic cocktails and local craft brews. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, The Place’s menu features modern variations on classic Southern dishes like Buttermilk Chicken and Shrimp & Grits. The Place is family-owned and operated by UGA graduates Alan and Ryan Pope and is housed in a renovated space located across from The Arch in historic downtown Athens.
  • The National
    232 W. Hancock Ave.
    Athens, GA 30601
    Phone: 706.549.3450

    The National is a gathering spot inspired by Mediterranean cafes, including a focus on locally produced goods. The menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, as well as close relations with local farmers to produce dishes that reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. The National was given a 2014 Silver Spoon Award by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the top ten restaurants in the state of Georgia.
  • Last Resort Grill
    199 Prince Avenue
    Athens, GA 30606
    Phone: (706) 543-6592

    Delicious homemade vegetarian food delivered for more than two decades on Prince Avenue, just a few blocks from downtown. The Grit appeals to all kinds of eaters with their generous portions, low prices, and unique vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu items. Dine in a restored historic building with two beautifully decorated dining rooms. Don't forget to check out the dessert case! HOURS: M-F 11a.m. - 10p.m. S-S 10a.m. - 3p.m. (brunch), 5p.m. - 10p.m. (dinner)


EQUIPMENT SET-UP FEES NOTE: Rental includes set-up and removal. Ballroom rental includes theatre seating, registration table, podium, one microphone, house sound. Space rented for catered event includes round tables without linen, chairs, podium, one microphone and house sound. All other audio-visual equipment will be quoted on an individual basis. 

Chairs (Grand Hall Only) - $0.75 each set-up
Tables Rectangle 8ft – clothed and skirted (green) - $19 each
Tables Round 6ft – clothed (available in white only, short overlay) - $13 each
Tablecloths (available in white only covers the top of the table) - $9 each
Pin Spots - $165 ($80 each additional)
Dance Floor indoor only (up to 27’x27’, for larger size dance floor ask planner) - $335
Performance Stage (up to 40’x60’, for use in Grand Hall only) - $800 each
Presenter Stage / DJ / Band - Ask planner for current pricing
Upright Piano – includes tuning - $260 per day
Steinway Grand Piano – includes tuning (Theatre only) - $370 per day
Radio Rental - $30 per day/per radio
Spotlight (Xenon Super Trouper) Theatre only - $250 per day
Orchestra Pit seating (theatre only) - $415
Easels - $15 each

DECORATOR SERVICES Exhibit Booth Kit (8’x10’ pipe and drape, dressed table, 2 chairs, waste basket and sign) - $66
Pipe and Drape (8ft. high) - $5.60/ft/10ft. min. ($56)
18’ Pipe and Drape (1/2 span – approx. 50’) - $260
18’ Pipe and Drape (Full span – approx. 100’) - $500
Decorative Colored Up-lighting - $25 per light
Please consult your event coordinator for more information.

EVENT STAFFING (4 HOUR MINIMUM) Special service rates: You are responsible for hourly rates at the time of your event that may be different from the rate on this schedule. All personnel are at a four-hour minimum call. Your event coordinator will confirm current rate.
General Maintenance Labor - $32 per hour
EMT (Mandatory for groups over 1,000) - $45 per hour
Security - $32 per hour
T-Shirt Security Guard (Concerts Only) 4 hour Min - $22 per hour
T-Shirt Security Supervisor (Concerts Only) 4 hour Min - $30 per hour
Sound/Spotlight Operator/Stagehand/Technical Director - Prevailing rate
Ticketing staff - $20 per hour
Coat Check Attendants - $20 per hour
Ushers/Service Personnel - $20 per hour
Crosswalk guards/police (Mandatory for groups over 1,000- 2 cross-walks required) - $45 per hour per guard
Forklift with operator - $160 per hour

Shipping and Receiving for your Exhibitors Material Handle – Per Package - $10 each
Material Handle – Per/100lb - $25 each

BOX OFFICE Charge Card Services – 3.5% of total ticket charges
Advance Ticket Sales – 3.5% of net ticket receipts


AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT AV Technician - Ask planner for pricing
Flip Chart Package (markers, Post-it pad included) - $60 per day
House Patch (to connect client equipment to CC PA system) - $110 per day
Laptop PC - $175 per day
Microphone corded package (small mixer included) - $110 per day
Microphone wireless packages (hand held/lavaliere/ mixer included) - $160 per day
Mixer (intermediate, 4-channel mixer for sound system) - $50 per day
Mixer (8 channel mixer for sound system) - $75 per day
Plasma Television (42 inches) - $225 per day
Plasma Television (50 inches) - $260 per day
Plasma Television (70 inches) - $625 per day
Small Sound System (Mixer, 2 15” powered speakers) - $260 per day
Large Sound System (Mixer, 4 15” powered speakers) - $450 per day
Small LCD Projector Package (1 screen and projector for small meeting rooms) - $325 per day
Audio for client computer - $25 per day
Large LCD Package (1 screen and 1 projector high resolution; needed for large rooms) - $800 per day
Audio for client computer - $25 per day
Screen 10x14 (fast-fold projection screen w/dress kit) - $325 per day
Screen 9x12 (fast-fold projection screen w/dress kit) - $250 per day
Screen 9x16 (fast-fold projection screen w/dress kit) - $350 per day
Screen 8x8 (tripod screen) - $75 per day

UTILITY CONNECTION RATES 15 amp Utility Connection - $65
Band Utility Connection - $155
Telephone Service - $125 per connection (plus calls)
Shore Power - $150
Electrical 120/208 Volt Outlets - $65-$650
Internet Connection– wired - $160
Internet Wireless Cloud for 25 users - $160
Copies (Color or Black and White) - $0.20

Area Attractions

State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2450 South Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 542-1244

This 313-acre botanical garden on the Middle Oconee River serves as a cultural, educational and recreational facility and is one of Athens' most-visited attractions. Group tours and meeting space are available. HOURS: SUMMER GROUNDS HOURS (April through September) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Regular Visitor Center Open: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tues. - Sat.; 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sun., Closed Mondays. ADMISSION: No admission charge; donations accepted. No pets.

Classic City Tours 280 E. Dougherty St.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.208.TOUR (8687)

Classic City Tours, located at the Athens Welcome Center, provides a full range of tour and transportation services for individuals and groups. Guided tours, shuttle service, and step-on guides are available. HOURS: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday noon - 5 p.m.

Southern Brewing Company 231 Collins Industrial Blvd
Athens, GA 30607
Phone: (770) 548-7183

The Southern Brewing Company opened in Athens GA in May 2015. Visitors will find numerous beer options, a pet- and kid-friendly atmosphere, and a yard full of games, shaded seating, fire pits, and ample space for bands and fun.

Terrapin Brewery 265 Newton Bridge Rd.
Athens, GA 30607
Phone: 706-549-3377

Terrapin Beer Co. is open for public tours Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 - 3 p.m. and 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Friday/Saturday early tour offers a relaxed atmosphere (no live music), flights, and longer, more-detailed guided facility tours. Reservations are not required for Terrapin's tours.

Creature Comforts Brewery 271 W. Hancock Ave.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706-410-1043

Creature Comforts was one of the top 10 winners for Best New Brewery 2016 by USA Today! Two UGA Alumni returned to Athens and renovated the former Snow Tire building in downtown Athens into Athens' latest craft brewery. Bibo, Tropicalia, Reclaimed Rye and Athena are our year round beers and the foundation of our craft. Tours and tastings are offered: TUESDAY - THURSDAY: 5-8 P.M. FRIDAY: 5 - 10 p.m. SATURDAY: 1 - 6 p.m. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. is a go-to destination for everyone visiting Athens who enjoys a nice cold beer.

Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton Street, Performing and Visual Arts Complex, University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-4662

Due to tremendous growth and a variety of other factors, the museum's curators are working together to tell the story of art history in a fresh way, closing eight galleries for the summer. It will re-open mid August 2016. Tour at Two: each Wed. at 2 p.m. Family Days monthly, Sat. morning. Third Thurs., 6-9 p.m. the third Thurs. of the month. Admission: Free. GALLERY HOURS: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10-5 pm; Thurs, 10-9 pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. Closed on Mon.

Lyndon House Arts Center 293 Hoyt St.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.613.3623

Originally housed within the historic Ware-Lyndon House, the community visual arts complex includes large airy galleries, a children's wing, artists' workshops, and a gallery shop. The gallery shop features pottery, paintings and photography, stained and blown glass, carved and turned wood, jewelry, scarves, and knitting by over 100 Athens-area artists. Exhibits include local, regional, and national artists in a variety of mediums.


  • "I don't want to let much more time pass before thanking [The Classic Center] once again for the help that [the event planner] and the wonderful staff gave us during GMEA a couple weeks ago. We were thrilled with what [The Classic Center] did to make it an easy show for us!"

    Rebecca Rubin
    Encore Fundraising, Inc.

  • "The Bishop reception was the best and he had a wonderful time. For me, a conference of this magnitude involving even a small portion of the globe, is in and of itself mind-blowing. I thank you and your staff and everyone else who helped make-up the work involved in making this a great success. Blessing to you and your staff!"

    Rev. P. Wilder
    Sixth District AME Church
    Bishop Williams' Retirement Celebration

  • "The Classic Center is a perfect fit for Georgia HOSA. Aside from the spacious and beautiful facilities, The Classic Center employs some of the most friendly, on-point and accommodating people in the hospitality industry."

    Allen Seigler

    Georgia Health Occupation Student Association

  • "The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church loves coming to The Classic Center for its annual conference because the facilities continue to be perfect for our conference needs, and the staff listen so carefully to what will make our time there both comfortable and productive. Year after year, now, the experience has been classic!"

    Rev. Dr. Gary L. Whetstone
    North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110