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Unleash Your Meetings in Athens, Ga.

Athens, Ga., offers meeting and event planners first-class resources, flexibility  and  variety of facilities just over an hour from Atlanta. 

With safety in mind and protocols in place, Athens, Ga., is the right destination for meetings and events in today's world. In this vibrant, eclectic college town, planners can be creative and produce a virtual, hybrid or in-person meeting that will delight attendees while ensuring and prioritizing their health and safety.   

Unique and Exciting Experiences

At only 60 miles from Atlanta, Athens is easy to access and has everything you need to give your attendees a unique and convenient experience. After a full day of productive meetings, your attendees will love the excitement of downtown Athens’ dining and entertainment scene, just steps away from The Classic Center. They can then rest easy at any of the 1,700-plus downtown hotel rooms. Attendees want to visit Athens, leading to record-breaking attendance records for events. 

A Premier Event Venue

The Classic Center is Athens’ and Northeast Georgia’s premier venue for meetings, conventions, conferences, performances and special events. Offering exceptional service and a range of meeting spaces in both size and character, this convention center will exceed your expectations in every way. In addition to its central location in the heart of downtown Athens, The Classic Center offers on-site catering, audiovisual, security, registration and marketing to provide a complete package of servicing to ensure your event’s success. 

The Classic Center hosts events of up to 6,000, with 373,000 square feet of event space including pre-function and an outdoor pavilion. Coming fall 2023, the Classic Center Arena will offer groups and events even more space for general sessions, tradeshows and more! 

Safe Meetings Start Here

Your guests can feel safe in Athens, Georgia with the Ready, Set, Go Safely initiative, a community campaign that encourages the creation of safety protocols and sanitization measures to reassure consumers. As a part of this effort, over 100 Athens businesses have committed to establishing and following protocol, monitoring distancing and capacity guidelines, following CDC standards for disinfecting, training employees on safety protocol, and welcoming patrons who are following guidelines. The Athens community understands the importance of safety within event venues, but also in local businesses, restaurants and hotels. 

The Classic Center has achieved GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, which is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, to prevent and respond to outbreaks. This certification is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. The program offers training and assesses a facility’s readiness to handle biorisk situations so that guests can enter accredited facilities with a sense of assurance. 

Unleash the potential for your meetings and book today!  

Nick Arnold serves as the Director of Sales for the Athens CVB. When he’s not working with meeting planners, you can find him on the golf course or enjoying one of Athens’ locally brewed beers.  

Nick Arnold 
P: 706.357.4434 
E: [email protected]