The Ira And Nancy Koger Center For The Arts

1051 Greene Street


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 labour of love for many in the community; a combined effort, with both public and private entities contributing to make this dream a reality.

The center is named for philanthropists Ira and Nancy Koger, who made a substantial donation from personal and corporate funds for construction of the $15 million center. The descendants of Ambrose Elliott Gonzales, Narciso Gener Gonzales and William Elliott Gonzales made a large donation to the center and the auditorium is named Gonzales Hall in acknowledgment of their contribution.

Other major donations to the construction costs were made by the Knight Foundation of Akron, Ohio, Richland County, and the City of Columbia. The University of South Carolina and the Carolina Research and Development Foundation obtained private gifts for the remainder of the construction costs.

Special gifts include a Steinway concert grand piano which has been donated to the Koger Center by Alice Barron Pearce and her two children, L. Gregory Pearce, Jr. and Alice Barron Pearce Stewart, in memory of L. Gregory Pearce.


D Cooper

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Took the wife to see Dracula the Ballet I thought I was doing good by purchasing Orchestra seats in Row H seat 1 & 2, bad move on my part. Our necks were craned left all evening and also being on the end of the row meant all 50 people in that row are going to be sliding their asses across your face getting to their seats before the show and during the two intermissions, the seats were comfortable but your crammed in like sardines. The next time I purchase tickets for a show at Koger Center I will purchase center seats. There is a small refreshment stand offering basics such as drinks and candies,no food in the show area so serving only the basics makes sense..

Pat Blackwell

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Went by to get seat assignments today(4-22) at 2:30 for my comp tickets, and ticket office was closed! Wow! I made a special trip from Irmo to do this in advance of the performance. We have been to the Koger Center many times, and always suffer the same problem....lack of efficient parking! Valet service is ok, but it takes longer to wait for a car than to just park it yourself. Parking garage is not an option when another event is at the Colonial Center! Columbia, something needs to be done to encourage attendance by providing adequate parking!

Susan Rose

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great place! Saw Cooper last night. Awesome


Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Very nice seats, great sound.

Vince Furtick

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

The ticketing really sucks. Had 2 tickets for Mannheim Steamroller locked up. The credit card didn't go through for some reason. Never mind that my rating is 823 and I've never had an issue before. Tried again for the last 2 seats in the house that I wanted. Couldn't get those because there were 3 seats on that row available. Tried buying all 3. Card didn't go through again. You people SUCK!!! Just wanted to see a show with my wife. Why not email the people that lock up the seats? Why not have a real phone number where you can straighten out situations like this out. I will NEVER EVER EVER come to another event at this place.