A COVID-conscious live music venue is coming to Columbia

Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Photo provided

Who’s ready to rock, Cola? 🎸 Our music scene + live entertainment industry is getting an upgrade. Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center – a new live music venue at the Historic Columbia Speedway designed with safety and COVID-19 precautions in mindis opening this November (Nov. 14 to be exact).

Yesterday morning, Cola Concerts announced a lineup of six concerts that will take place at the venue this fall, with additional live bands and comedians in the future, to bring concerts back to Columbia.

Stage view at Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center
View from the stage at Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Photo provided

How safe will it be?

Instead of offering traditional seating + ticketing options, the outdoor music venue will be set up with seating “coves” 12 ft. by 10 ft. spaces for up to four people. When purchasing tickets, an entire cove must be purchased at one time + concert-goers can choose their cove location. (There will be a limited number of 2-3 person coves available.) Seating coves will also be spaced six feet apart from each other to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Outside of seating coves, masks will be required at all times, including entering the venue, walking around, getting concessions + going to the restroom. Masks will not be required inside of one’s cove.

During shows, concessions will be available from local food trucks and vendors that will set up around the stage and coves. Instead of standing in line to order and wait for food, concert-goers will place orders on Cola Concerts’ website + receive a text alert when the order is ready to be picked up. Walk-up orders and payments won’t be accepted. This also means you’ll miss less of the show waiting in line. We call that a win-win.

As an additional bonus, all seating coves at Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center will be ADA compliant.

Check out this rockin’ lineup

🎤 Shovels and Rope | Sat., Nov. 14 | 8 p.m.

🎤 Kip Moore | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 8 p.m.

🎤 St. Paul and the Broken Bones | Fri., Nov. 20 | 8 p.m.

🎤 Allman Betts Band | Sat., Nov. 21 | 8 p.m. 

🎤 Ranky Tanky | Sun., Nov. 22 | 6 p.m.

🎤 Wynonna Judd | Thurs., Dec. 10 | 8 p.m.

Did one or more of those shows catch your eye? Tickets go on sale this Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased here. Pricing will vary depending on the event.

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