Special Reports

April 25, 2013

The Vista, by the Numbers

Economic, attendance, financial and other numbers that help define the Vista.
$110 million

Sales of food and beverages last year

$100 million

Amount of investment developers have announced in the Vista so far this year

$10 million

Economic impact of events booked at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

415,000

People who attended events at Colonial Life Arena last year

147,000

People who attended events at the convention center last year

60,000

Number of square feet in the USC alumni center to be built next to the Hilton hotel

20,800

Hotdogs sold at the arena

10,713

Gallons of fountain soda sold at the arena

1,962

Tons of popcorn sold at the arena

1,450

Students expected to live in four announced student housing projects

1,035

People presently living in the Vista

372

Events booked at the convention center

96

Events booked at the arena

62

Restaurants and bars

44

Service businesses (salons, etc)

35

Retail stores

9

Art galleries

5

Sushi bars

5

Hotels (a sixth is under construction)

5

Major performance venues: Koger Center, Columbia Music Festival Association, Trustus Theatre, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Marionette Theatre

4

Major parks: Finlay, Riverfront, Three Rivers Greenway, Memorial

4

Pedicabs

3

Museums: S.C. State Museum, Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, EdVenture children’s museum

2

Oyster bars

2

Outdoor outfitters

2

Film production companies

2

Peanut vendors

2

Horse-drawn carriages

1

Historic cotton warehouse

1

Glass-blowing studio

1

Working, century-old hydroelectric plant

1

Canal

1

Hydrogen filling station

1

New business school

1

Governor’s Mansion

1

Active passenger railroad station

1

Giant rooster

SOURCES: Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism; Colonial Life Arena; Vista Guild; Columbia Development Corp.; USC; staff writer Jeff Wilkinson

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