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TD Arena

Charleston, SC

Home of the College of Charleston Cougars



TD Arena (map it)
301 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

College of Charleston Cougars website

TD Arena website

Year Opened: 2008

Capacity: 5,100

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


Cougar Town

The Cougars of the College of Charleston play their home games in TD Arena, a brick building about two blocks from the main campus with a capacity of 5,000. Built in 1998, TD Arena has the modern style and amenities you would expect to find in a much bigger arena. A good video board, nice restrooms, comfortable seats, and a really good spirit shop make for a fan-friendly venue. The arena has been good for the Cougars men’s basketball team as well, as they’ve won 75% of their home games since moving to their new home.

Conference realignment has not passed over the College of Charleston, and the team began its first year as a member of the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) in the 2013-2014 season. They play new conference foes Hofstra, Drexel, and Towson, but the biggest matchups are typically against other South Carolina teams, like The Citadel and Furman.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There is nothing special here, but in a fantastic food city like Charleston, you won't want to fill your stomach with hot dogs and nachos. If you have a boring palette, you can get those things at the game for a reasonable price, as well as pizza ($5), burgers ($5), and brats ($5), the trifecta of stadium cuisine. A pleasant surprise is the $2 price of small sodas and bottled water. You can also get your Chick-fil-A fix, and even get a pic with the cow mascot.

Atmosphere    3

The school does a really fantastic job of game production for being mid-major basketball. The arena itself looks like a mini NBA venue, but with the sound system, and spotlights, and exciting player intros it really feels like big time basketball. The pep band is fun, although I wish they would play more often instead of the pop and rap music they blast from the overhead speakers. They host a few little contests during breaks, and invite in solid half-time entertainment as well. In general, the atmosphere is better than what you might expect for CAA hoops.

Neighborhood    5

Charleston is one of the greatest cities in the country, and TD Arena is just steps away from all of the hot spots. A block north is Marion Square, a pretty public park that was previously the parade grounds for The Citadel cadets, but is now home to seemingly a different event every day, be it a farmer's market, zombie chase, Summer movie nights, food truck rodeos, and the list goes on and on.

Directly behind TD Arena is King Street, the party artery of Charleston. Whether it's Upper or Lower King, you're sure to find enough great restaurants that it will make your decision near impossible. I suggest King Street Grille for a slightly upscale sports bar scene, Basil for Thai food, Coast for seafood, or 39 Rue de Jean for French and American. There's also more bars than you could ever hope to visit, everything from PBR slinging dives like Upper Deck and Boone's Alley, to fancy cocktail clubs like, well, The Cocktail Club, or The Belmont.

South of TD Arena you'll eventually run into Market Street, the tourist hub of Charleston. During the day, you'll find souvenirs for everyone in your family. The sweetgrass baskets have been sold here since the early 1800s. A little east and you'll run into the Cooper River, and get a great view of the tallest structure in the state, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. Follow the river south along WaterFront Park to check out the picturesque pineapple fountain, and eventually wander along East Bay Street and the historic Rainbow Row mansions. Just a couple more blocks and you'll reach the tip of the peninsula, at White Point Gardens, better known as The Battery. This is where you'll get a great view of Fort Sumter, not to mention the massive and beautiful homes "South of Broad". See a game at TD Arena and you may be itching for it to end to continue exploring the incredible neighborhood.

Fans    2

There aren't too many diehards here, and the student section is most often about half full, but they know when to make noise and are compelled to do so from time to time. There aren't a lot of people wearing Maroon and Gold, so it is not evident how much school spirit there really is in the arena. Most people who attend are just sports fans, or are looking for something different to do.

Access    3

Parking anywhere in Charleston can be a problem, but walking is so pleasant you won't mind ditching the car a few blocks away. You can park right next to the stadium for $5, but if you have some extra time, I suggest finding a free spot on a quiet street in the area and then walking in. You'll never know what you might see along the way: a park, a monument to a historic event, a huge 1700s mansion, or even the campus of the College of Charleston, which, with its repurposed Charleston row homes, resides on the National Register of Historic Places. Just be careful that you haven't parked in an illegal area, or you'll have a $25 parking ticket waiting for you after the game.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets are more than you would expect ($20 for adults, $10 for kids), but they're on par for the product on display. Future NBA players will occasionally play in this gym, most notably former Cougar and LA Laker Andrew Goudelock. The atmosphere exceeds expectations for the CAA, and the arena itself is very modern and comfortable. I suggest getting tickets for an afternoon game on a Saturday or Sunday, walking around downtown before the game, and then finding a cozy King Street restaurant or bar afterwards to sit and reflect on what an amazing day you've just had in the Holy City.

Extras    3

The palm trees out front of TD Arena, and all those around the neighborhood are worth an extra point. I normally visualize basketball being played on Brooklyn blacktops, or in Midwestern college arenas, so it is really unique walking past towering Palmetto trees to enter the arena.

The Charleston climate is as close to perfect as it can get, and the native palms are plentiful. If you're looking for a cheap souvenir, grab a braided palm frond rose from one of dozens of children who sell them on the Charleston streets. Set it somewhere prominent in your house, and every time you walk by it the rose will remind you about how good life is in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Crowd Reviews

TD Arena

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 1
  • Extras: 4

A very good arena once you get inside, which might be a challenge. Also not a place you want to visit a lot if you want more money in your waller.

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