Charleston Civic Center Coliseum

In the mid 1970s city officials realized if Charleston was to take its place as a regional entertainment and convention center, expanded public assembly facilities were necessary.  A plan was put in place to construct a new coliseum and a two-story lobby connecting it to the existing Civic Center, which would then be renovated into a first-class convention center featuring meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and major banquet facilities.   Silling Associates, in collaboration with associate architect Ellerbe Associates, were selected to serve as the project architects.

Upon its completion in 1980, the Charleston Civic Center would become West Virginia’s largest, most modern entertainment, convention and exhibition facility.  Its contemporary octagonal form with strong color demarcation  was complemented by an equally impressive interior featuring a kaleidoscope of color.  It provides a seating capacity of 13,500 and includes an expansive main lobby, five meeting rooms containing 32,000 square feet, and offers a complete line of services to meet the requirements of large conventions and trade shows.  The Coliseum was constructed entirely above grade to avoid the 100 year flood plain.


City of Charleston


Charleston, WV


13,500 Seating Capacity


New Construction