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Name is nearly the same at South Carolina arena

There has been am inor name change at the basketball home of the U of South Carolina.Get out the whitewash paint. South Carolina’s home basketball facility is undergoing a name change.

USC spokesman Russ McKinney says the board of trustees’ executive committee approved changing the Colonial Center to the Colonial Life Arena.

The name change was requested by the company, which is contracted to pay the university $5.5 million over 12 years for naming rights. For that kind of money, a little paint job is no problem.

The arena opened in 2002 as the Carolina Center. It was changed to Colonial Center a year later. The building plays host to all South Carolina men’s and women’s home basketball games. It also holds nonsporting events, such as the circus and concerts.