Tune into Georgia’s Music History inside Athens’ New Arena

Get ready to amplify your Athens experience by immersing yourself in Georgia’s rich music history.

The Classic Center Arena, set to open at the end of 2024, will feature the Georgia Music Collections from the University of Georgia Libraries. This exciting addition is just one of the many attractions designed to entertain and educate visitors inside Athens’ newest venue.

Tune into Georgia’s Music History inside Athens’ New Arena
Georgia Music Collections renderings courtesy of The Classic Center

The Classic Center Arena in Athens is set to open later this year, and now we’ve got more details about what we can expect inside the venue.

The Georgia Music Collections will represent key players in every genre, from the beginnings of Soul and R&B in Macon and Augusta to the birth of alternative rock and new wave in Athens and the rise of southern Hip Hop in Atlanta. Guests will have the opportunity to streamline the history through interactive displays, see original music artifacts, play music trivia, use up-scale technology, and more.

“We are partnering with local artists and UGA to create an experience that looks and feels all about music. Fans are going to love it, students will have a place to learn, and I am proud of the opportunity this will bring to our community,” said Paul Cramer, President/CEO of The Classic Center.

Once the idea of the arena developed, Cramer worked with the state and UGA to bring the collection out of the archives. They have been collaborating with Terence Healy from HealyKohler Design, a nationally recognized firm specializing in museum experiences, to design the arena’s theme around music.

Athens is home to the B-52s, Widespread Panic, R.E.M., and many more wonderful bands, and any given weekend in Athens, you will find live music. The collection being housed in the new arena will create a wonderful opportunity to build upon the music scene in the Classic City.

The Classic Center Arena will have the capacity to hold 8,500 people and is set to be home to the minor league hockey team, the Rock Lobsters, as well as UGA hockey.

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Tune into Georgia’s Music History inside Athens’ New Arena