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Carolina First Arena
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Location Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°47′8″N 79°56′4″W / 32.78556°N 79.93444°W / 32.78556; -79.93444Coordinates: 32°47′8″N 79°56′4″W / 32.78556°N 79.93444°W / 32.78556; -79.93444
Broke ground February 2007
Opened November 2008
Owner College of Charleston
Capacity 5,100
Tenants
College of Charleston men's and women's basketball

The Carolina First Arena is a 5,100 seat multi-purpose arena in Charleston, South Carolina, USA that opened in 2008 and replaced John Kresse Arena as the home of the College of Charleston Cougars basketball teams. Carolina First Bank purchased the naming rights to the new facility. The playing surface is named John Kresse Court in honor of legendary coach John Kresse.

Originally to be named Carolina First Center, the facility was renamed Carolina First Arena to avoid confusion with the bank's south coast main offices in Charleston which are located in an office building by the same name.

The first game played at the arena on November 14, 2008 was a first round game of the inaugural Charleston Classic between Texas Christian University and Western Michigan University won by TCU 67-63.

The arena not only plays host to Cougars basketball games, but it also hosts many other campus events, including orientations and campus tours. Also, several high school volleyball games have been held there.

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