South Carolina Philharmonic

About the Koger Center

The building of the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia in 1988 marked an important step in the South Carolina Philharmonic's development, giving the Philharmonic a home with excellent facilities and acoustics and a seating capacity keeping with the size of the community.

The Ira & Nancy Koger Center for the Arts demonstrates the cooperative spirit present in South Carolina. Its construction is the product of a shared dream and a shared labor of love for many in the community; a combined effort, with both public and private entities contributing to make this dream a reality. For more information about the Koger Center, please visit their website at

The Koger Center is located at the corner of Assembly and Greene streets. The address is 1051 Greene Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201 (view on a map).


From I-26 & I-126: Take the Elmwood Street exit. Turn right onto Assembly Street. The Koger Center will be on your right at the corner of Assembly and Greene Streets. (If you pass the Carolina Coliseum or Blossom Street, you've gone too far!)

From I-77 & I-277: Take I-277 into Columbia. I-277 will become Bull Street. Turn right onto Gervais Street. Turn left onto Assembly Street when you pass the State House on the left. The Koger Center will be on your right at the corner of Assembly and Greene Streets. (If you pass the Carolina Coliseum or Blossom Street, you've gone too far.)



      Meter spaces, where available, are free in Columbia after 6 p.m. and on the weekends. The most parking availability will be behind the Koger Center, where you have two options:
          1. Garage parking in the new Discovery Garage ($10 or $20). Enter off Park or College streets.
          2. Surface parking in the lots between Lincoln and Gadsden streets, adjacent to Colonial Life Arena ($10 or $20). Enter off Greene Street.
        Prices vary depending on concurrent public events in the vicinity. If you have a valid handicap parking placard, you may park in the street-parking spaces (bagged meters) on College and Assembly streets. These supplement the handicapped spaces directly in front of the Koger Center and the School of Music. Wheelchair ramps are conveniently located.

        In addition, Southern Valet provides parking at each concert for $10. (Arrive early; valet spaces are limited.)

          Coat Room

          For your convenience a coat room is located inside the Koger Center near the elevators.

          Emergency Information

          An emergency nurse is on duty when the doors open before the concert until all patrons have left. Physicians expecting calls should leave their name and seat location at the Coat Room.

          Seating Information

          • On your ticket, either "LORC/LTGT/LBAL" or "RORC/RTGT/RBAL" will be designated. When standing in front of the large red wall in the Koger Center, the "L" or left entrances will be to your left and the "R" or right entrances will be to your right.
          • Seats numbered 100+ are located in the Grand Tier, which is one floor up.
          • Seats numbered 200+ are located in the Balcony, which is two floors up. There are two sets of stairs in the Koger Center, as well as elevators near the Coat Room.
          Ushers are located at seating area entrances to help you find your seats and provide you with a program.

            Late Seating

            So as to not disturb other patrons, latecomers will be asked to remain in the lobby. At an appropriate musical break, ushers will assist latecomers to their seats.

            Lost and Found

            Please check with the Koger Center personnel regarding any misplaced articles or call the Koger Center during regular business hours.

            Photography and Recording

            The use of camera or recording devices is prohibited during all concerts.


            For the enjoyment of our patrons, bar service and snacks are available in the lobby prior to concerts and during intermission.


            Restrooms are conveniently located on each level of the Koger Center. Restrooms on the first floor of the Koger Center are handicapped accessible.

            Smoking Policy

            Smoking is prohibited in the Koger Center.

            Water Fountains

            Water fountains are conveniently located on each level of the Koger Center near the restrooms.