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University Events & Conference Services

Events & Conference Services

Venue Guide

Welcome to our Venue Guide. Listed below are the most frequently utilized spaces at the Storrs Campus for events and conferences, as well as contact information for UConn’s other locations – Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury and our professional campuses – UConn Health and UConn Law.

Don’t know where to start? Call our office at (860) 486-1001. Not only have we planned programs in the spaces listed below and at all of our campuses, but our experienced staff have worked in every building on campus. We will assist you and make a recommendation based upon your budget, the target audience, audio visual needs, time of day, etc. This is a resource to you whether our department manages your program or not. It’s in everyone’s best interest to match the appropriate venue to your program.

University Events and Conference Services is responsible for reservations for the Rome Commons Ballroom, Dodd Center, Lodewick House, and Wilbur Cross North Reading Room. To inquire about availability of these spaces, email reservations@uconn.edu. Be sure to include the name of the space you are requesting.

This attractive 10,500 sq. ft. facility is suitable for award presentations, receptions, conferences and social events.  Air walls may be set-up in a variety of configurations to accommodate your function.  Audiovisual equipment includes two built-in LCD projectors with screens and a sound system with microphones. Outside caterers are not permitted in this venue.
This facility offers over 23,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space.  Facilities include a 500-seat theatre, a 5,400 sq. ft. ballroom, a 3,300 sq. ft. multi-purpose room, boardroom and over 15 additional meeting rooms. A full–service audiovisual department is available to service your program.  Equipment includes projectors, screens, computers, document cameras, monitors with DVD and VCR capability and sound systems with a range of microphones.  Additionally, there are multiple dining options available within this facility, including a restaurant marketplace.  The Doug Bernstein game room may be rented for social events, too. An outline of room capacities can be found here.
wilbur cross building
Originally opened as the University’s Library in 1939, this building houses the North and South Reading Rooms which are suitable for presentations, meal functions, receptions and a variety of meetings and events. The rooms are 3,900 square feet with 30-ft. high ceilings, large windows and restored woodwork.  The North Reading Room standard set-up includes rounds for 72 guests and theater-style seating for 96 guests, but can be modified for a variety of other configurations.  The venue includes a portable sound system with microphones.  The South Reading Room is available by special request.
dodd center
Meeting space within this facility includes the 185-seat Konover Auditorium which offers projection equipment and a screen, computer, document camera, DVD/VCR player and a sound system. Videoconferencing is also available.  The Public Lounge, with an adjacent kitchen, is ideal for dining events for up to 32 guests and receptions for up to 75 guests.  An additional meeting room is also located in the Dodd Center.
laurel hall
Classroom options include lecture halls to accommodate from 25 up to 400 guests, high tech classrooms, which include a built-in computer, projector and screen for presentations, tech-ready rooms which include a projector and screen, and computer labs. Availability of classrooms is dependent on academic scheduling, but is readily available in the summer and winter sessions.
jorgensen center

Housed within the Jorgensen is the Albert N. Jorgensen Auditorium which is a 2,300 seat theater with a horseshoe balcony in art deco styling, the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater which has seating for 490 guests, the Art Gallery which is great for receptions and dinners for 100, the Mezzanine balcony, and a pre-function area called Martha's Foyer.  As a full functioning performing arts center, it is equipped with an extensive array of sound and lighting equipment, dressing rooms, and multiple spaces to choose from.

Alumni center
The Alumni Center has multiple programming spaces available for rental.  The Great Hall can accommodate sit-down meals for up to 120 guests and receptions for up to 250.  It's a beautiful location for your event, awards presentation, wedding or reunion.  Three small meeting rooms, a boardroom, and the outdoor Husky Plaza are also available, in addition to the J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum which showcases the history and wide-ranging successes of UConn’s athletic programs.  This is a privately managed space located on the UConn Campus.
Museums offer a distinctive alternative for guest visits and receptions.  Each location has specific parameters for use.  Private tours can be arranged for your program.  Some examples include:
  1. Ballard Institute and Puppetry Museum: Now located in Downtown Storrs, the museum includes a collection of 3,000 puppets from throughout the world and offers performances and workshops.  A 50-seat meeting space is available for use.
  2. William Benton Museum of Art: The Benton features a collection of more than 6,000 works including paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, and sculptures along with special exhibitions.
  3. Connecticut State Museum of Natural History: Home to the Connecticut Archaeology Center, the museum’s permanent exhibits examine the integration of Connecticut’s natural history with its cultural history. This facility also has a meeting room adjacent to the exhibit area which is available for rental.
  4. J.R. Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum: Located in the Alumni Center, this museum showcases the history and wide-ranging successes of UConn’s athletic programs and includes the national champions’ gallery.
Nathan Hale Inn
Located on the UConn Campus is the Nathan Hale Inn and Conference Center.  This full-service hotel features 100 guest rooms, two restaurants, an indoor pool and fitness room. The hotel has five various-sized meeting spaces to accommodate groups of 10 to 200, from the Executive Boardroom to the three-season outdoor pavilion. A wide range of audiovisual equipment is available including projectors, computers, DVD/VCR players, sound systems and microphones. The next closest hotel to UConn is the Best Western in Willimantic.  Many more accommodations may be found in the Vernon and Manchester areas, located 20-25 minutes from the Storrs Campus.    
UConn has many outdoor spaces that are available for special events, presentations and meal functions. Each location has specific parameters for use and some areas allow for the set-up of tents. Our staff can provide recommendations based on the type and size of the function being considered. Some of the most requested areas include: Benton Museum Patio, College of Agriculture Quad, Fairfield Way, Founder's Green, Rome Commons Patio, South Campus Quad, Student Union Mall, and Student Union Terrace. The Four Arrows Challenge Course, located a short ride from the main campus, is available for group programs.  The course provides unique experiential learning and team-building activities which are customized to meet the needs of individual groups.
Stamford campus
UConn has locations across the state and each campus has its own event and meeting spaces available for use. Avery Point: contact katherine.pollard@uconn.edu and/or visit averypoint.uconn.edu/branford Farmington: visit uchc.edu/room_scheduling/index.html Hartford: visit events.hartford.uconn.edu Stamford: contact kathy.harrison@uconn.edu and/or visit conferences.stamford.uconn.edu Torrington: contact molly.read@uconn.edu Waterbury: contact dolores.ragauskas@uconn.edu
Athletic Facilities
Home of the multi-sport champion UConn Huskies, the Storrs Campus has a variety of athletic facilities available, on a limited basis, for use.