If you’re considering apartments near the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, it would probably be a smart move, especially if you attend sporting events and concerts on a regular basis. Known locally as “The Well,” the area can hold more nearly 16,000 spectators. It’s home to the Clemson University men’s basketball team as well as the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, an ice hockey team that’s part of the East Carolina Hockey League. Read on for more information on the arena and the surrounding area.
History of “The Well”
Before it was the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the building was known as the Bi-Lo Center, and it was built in 1998. It replaced the Greenville Memorial Auditorium, a smaller arena that had its heyday in the 1970s. It had fallen into disrepair and was imploded in 1997.
The arena’s name was changed from the Bi-Lo Center to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in September 2013, when the health system bought naming rights.
Depending on the positioning of the stage, the arena can seat 11,000 to 15,951 concert-goers. And, depending on the sport, it can seat between 13,700 (hockey) and 14,897 (basketball). In addition to concerts and sports, the arena stages shows like monster truck rallies, professional wrestling matches, motocross racing, dog competitions, and professional ice skating performances.
Apartments near the Bon Secours Wellness Arena have the advantage of being close to a variety of popular restaurants as well. One of them is Lemongrass, a Thai eatery located on Main Street, dubbed the best Thai restaurant in Downtown Greenville by some local eaters. Regulars praise the spring rolls as well as the steamed dumplings stuffed with minced pork and shrimp. Also on Main Street, you’ll find Soby’s, a Southern-style restaurant with a rustic feel and a large, airy dining room. The dishes to order here are the Antebellum Shrimp and Grits, the fried green tomatoes, and the crab cakes. Nantucket Seafood Grill on West Broad Street should satisfy those who enjoy calamari, clams, and mussels.
Other Points of Interest
Just south of the arena is the Greenville Zoo, which is situated within Cleveland Park. The zoo is smaller, about 14 acres in size, and most visitors can see just about all of the exhibits in just over an hour. The zoo features several species of primates, a reptile house, lions, giraffes, and a farm exhibit that showcases domestic farm animals.
A few miles from the arena is Falls Park on the Reedy River, located in the Historic West End of Downtown Greenville. In addition to the gorgeous natural scenery, visitors should take note of the remarkable public art in the park, particularly the sculpture “Rose Crystal Tower” by legendary artist Dale Chihuly. To appreciate the other works in the park, you can take a public art walking tour and see them all. If you enjoy yourself, you can embark on a search for nine bronze mice sculptures, known as Mice on Main, which are hidden throughout Downtown Greenville.