North Charleston Coliseum Celebrates a Quarter Century of Live Entertainment

Credit: Nathan Bell (provided)

On January 29th, 1993, the North Charleston Coliseum opened its doors for the first time. The debut show was "World Figure Skating Champions" featuring Olympic champions Elizabeth Manley and Marina Klimova & Sergio Ponomarenko. The next night, country music superstars Alan Jackson and Lorrie Morgan took the stage for the first concert in the Coliseum. In the years following, the biggest names in music and entertainment would make North Charleston a regular stop on their world tours.

On October 23rd, 1993, the South Carolina Stingrays played their first game in the Coliseum. The ECHL hockey team has called the North Charleston Coliseum ever since. During this time they have played nearly 900 home games and won the Kelly Cup Championship three times (1997, 2001, and 2009).

Since opening, over nine million people have come through the doors to enjoy the biggest names in music, sports, and family entertainment -  Prince, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band, Disney on Ice, Garth Brooks, Pearl Jam, Mary J. Blige, Harlem Globetrotters, AC-DC, The Beach Boys, Metallica, Tina Turner, Widespread Panic, Kenny Chesney, Kiss, Neil Diamond, Phish, Jay Z, Def Leppard, WWE, Darius Rucker, and on and on.

Throughout 2018, the Coliseum will celebrate special memories and fun facts from the last twenty-five years with a “This Day in Coliseum History” social media promotion. The public is encouraged to share their favorite memories as well. The Coliseum Facebook page is located at www.Facebook.com/NorthCharlestonColiseumandPerformingArtsCenter. The Coliseum Twitter and Instagram handle is @NChasColiseum. The hashtag for the promotion is #NCC25.

Here are some fun facts and numbers behind the 25-year history of the North Charleston Coliseum:

First Event

  • World Figure Skating Champions                   January 29, 1993

First Concert

  • Alan Jackson & Lorrie Morgan       January 30, 1993

First South Carolina Stingrays Home Game

  • October 23, 1993

Total number of events

  • 2,563

Total number of concerts

  • 341

Total number of people who have attended events

  • 9,581,162

Most concerts played at the Coliseum:

  • Widespread Panic                              (19 shows)
  • Garth Brooks                                        (7 shows)
  • Phish                                                      (6 shows)
  • Reba                                                       (5 shows)
  • Alan Jackson                                        (5 shows)

Top selling concerts (one performance):

  • Billy Joel (’94)                                     12,697
  • Phish (’10)                                            12,403
  • Elton John (’97)                                  12,335
  • Eagles (‘05)                                          12,185
  • Bruce Springsteen (’08)                     12,175

Most tickets sold (combined performances):

  • Widespread Panic                               101,921
  • Garth Brooks                                        80,434
  • Phish                                                      60,143
  • Alan Jackson                                        39,609
  • Reba                                                       36,624

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