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Bowling Green State University

Conference & Event Services
231A Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

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Are you looking for the top venue in Bowling Green, Ohio? Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio offers a full array of conference and event services for our guests with state-of-the-art meeting spaces, new suite-style housing accommodations, and a blend of simple and extravagant menu choices. We have a number of rental halls in Bowling Green, Ohio available right now. We are conveniently located near major airports and just minutes from the Ohio Turnpike. At a fraction of the cost of most metropolitan venues, each all-inclusive Bowling Green conference and event package is tailored to meet both business and personal needs.

Whether you are planning a business or youth conference, corporate training workshop, spiritual retreat, sports camp, or educational symposium, our Bowling Green State University management team takes a personalized approach to hosting conferences and events of all styles and sizes. We even have wedding venues in Bowling Green, Ohio to capture and facilitate your very special day.

BGSU Conference & Event Services is a one-stop shop for every imaginable campus occasion: one contact, one contract, and one price. Each personalized package can include one or more of the following services: professional preplanning and event management assistance, flexible high tech meeting spaces for large and small groups, state-of-the-art audiovisual technology capabilities and expertise, dining and catering options, on-campus housing accommodations, recreational facilities, on-site parking, campus shuttle, and personal concierge. We are among the best corporate event and wedding venues in Bowling Green, OH.

If you can envision a particular Bowling Green event, we can execute it. If you can imagine a unique conference idea, we can implement it. At Bowling Green State University, we will transform our space into your place. Be it for a day or a week, your visit with us is certain to exceed all of your Bowling Green State University conference and event expectations. If you're searching for event venues near you, Bowling Green State University should be at the top of your list.

Watch the video to learn even more of the attributes that make Bowling Green State University the premier event venue in Bowling Green.

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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Toledo - 25
Detroit - 60
Cleveland - 110
Columbus - 120
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Toledo Express / 25
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Within walking distance
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Twelve-month conference and event possibilities at BGSU with a special emphasis on May-August.
Room Type(s):
New Air-Conditioned Residence Hall Complexes with several housing configurations, including single guest rooms, shared guest rooms, one-guest suites, two-guest suites, four-guest apartment-style suites, and six-guest apartment-style suites
Bath Type(s):
Private, Semi-Private, and Communal Options
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Wide variety of state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, video streaming services, and Ethernet/Wireless Internet access in meeting rooms and housing accomodations. On-site expert technology staff, photographers, videographers, and media professionals to assist with your needs. Special BGSU Perk: As part of our all-inclusive conference package, we provide a tag-along team of videographers who capture highlights and special features of each conference experience that culimates in a personalized and complimentary five-minute memento video gifted to our guests.
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Outstanding food service with extensive variety of fresh menu options that include the following services: all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities, retail a la carte eateries, full-service pub, and catered buffet or plated meal banquets. Another formal possibility is a customized dining experience that includes elegant table settings, tuxedoed wait staff, and live entertainment.
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To learn more about how Bowling Green State University can partner with you in planning and hosting your next conference or event, contact our manager of guest relations to design your all-inclusive conference package at a price that can't be beat. For instance, at a metropolitan venue, conference attendees will pay the same amount for parking their vehicle for one day as they would to conference for an entire day on BGSU's campus. Call today and see for yourself.
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Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Lenhart Grand Ballroom Largest and most popular space. Refinished hardwood floors, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, stage lighting.

Theater Large screen, Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound, stadium-style seating for about 250.

Mylander Room Windows on all four sides. Offers soft lounge seating and a variety of set-up options.

Multi-Purpose Room Ideal for a variety of events, the Multi-Purpose Room is true to its name.

McMaster Room Largest conference room in the Student Union. Set-up for 70 to 210. Dramatic skylights.

Anderson Room Perfect for a meeting for 30 to 50. Fixed audio-visual equipment and flexible set-up.

BGSU at Levis Commons Located only 12 miles down the road from BGSU's campus, Levis commons offers very large to intimate sized conference rooms. Chose from board-room style, classroom and several other room set-ups that meet your conference or event needs. Each space is completely equipped with all needed AV material, including televisions, projectors, whiteboards, etc.

Olscamp Hall 101 Large conference room ideal for a variety of events. Audio-visual equipment and flexible set-up.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Centennial Hall 664 Residence Halls Communal yes
Conklin 150 300 Residence Halls Communal
Falcon Heights 646 Residence Halls Private yes
Founders Hall 451 658 Residence Halls Private yes
Offenhauer East and Offenhauer West 468 846 Residence Halls Communal yes


  • BGSU Catering
    If you are planning a large corporate event or a personal wedding with your closest family and friends, a holiday extravaganza or a business luncheon, BGSU Catering will custom-create a menu just for you, or you may choose from an extensive list of new and exciting dishes created by our Chefs. Our innovative culinary team, along with our highly trained professional staff, have the experience and the enthusiasm to cater your special event to perfection. BGSU Dining & Catering, offers superb services at a fraction of the cost, to see current promotional deals and pricing for your next event, please contact our office. Dining Services Staff are ready to take your order!
    >>> menu (PDF)


  • Lenhart Grand Ballroom
    Seating Capacity: 1100
    One of the most popular spaces on campus, the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, is ideal for conferences, wedding receptions, banquets, lectures, and many other events. An audience of 1100 or even a smaller group of 100 can enjoy the atmosphere of the Ballroom, as it can be divided for the comfort of your attendees. The larger section, accommodates up to 400 people for a banquet. The Community Room, is commonly used to host smaller banquets for up to 200. The room features refinished hardwood floors, state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, and stage lighting. Our Event Planning staff can help you identify the ideal room setup to meet the needs of your event.
  • The Oaks Dining Center
    The Oaks Dining Center is a brand new state-of-the-art LEED Certified dining facility. The location offers multiple stations and an all you care to eat set up. There is a private dining/meeting area that seats up to 250 guests. The dining venue can seat up to 700 guests including the private dining area.
  • Carillon Place Dining Center
    Carillon Place accommodates up to 300 guests and offers a second floor private, outdoor patio as well as an all you care to eat dining set up.
  • Outtakes
    Outtakes convenience stores are located all across campus with to-go food items, drinks and snacks.
  • The Nest
    Located within the Bowen-Thomspson Student Union, The Nest offers you to-go food and drinks with places such as Panda Express, Steak 'n Shake, Jamba Juice, ChickenDipity, Marco's Pizza and Starbucks Coffee.
  • The Black Swamp Pub and Bistro
    The pub and bistro located within the Bowen-Thompson Student Union offers you an array of home-style meals with several drinks on tap. This option is only open during the Fall and Spring Semester.
  • Dunkin' Donuts
    Dunkin' Donuts, located on campus, attached to the Oaks dining facility.
  • Sweet Shoppe
    The Sweet Shoppe, located within the Outtakes @ Carillon Place offers an array of candy and various other snacks.


Media The Marketing & Media team within the Office of Conference & Event Services offer customers a complimentary video of your stay here at BGSU. They can also be utilized for further video or photo documentation for your future promotional needs or memory.


A/V Technology PowerPoint packages, teleconferencing, webinar, e-mail stations, video/DVD, sound system, lighting, video and audio taping

Theater Enjoy the large screen and Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound of the Student Union Theater, Room 206. With permanent stadium-style seating for 250 people, the Theater is perfect for any lecture or film showing and also offers audio-visual equipment for presentations with PowerPoint or other technical needs.

Area Attractions

City of Bowling Green Bowling Green is an ideal destination for discovery as you explore its vibrant downtown and historic surroundings. Home grown from the "Great Black Swamp" and the prosperous Oil and Gas Boom of the 1930's, we are rich with history blended with spectacular sights and attractions.

Toledo, Ohio Calling all baseball fans! Visit Muddy Mudhen at 5/3 Field in downtown Toledo. Bring the family to explore Africa at the Toledo Zoo, encounter an array of treasures at the Toledo Museum of Art, relive history at Fort Meigs, or enjoy a boat ride on the mighty Maumee. With so many exciting attractions, you'll want to do more than one day in Greater Toledo.

Excursions Toledo Mud Hens Baseball, Toledo Zoo, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Toledo Museum of Art, Slippery Elm Bike Trail, Wintergarden Nature Preserve, The Shops at Levis Commons, Rave Motion Pictures, Franklin Park Mall, The Shops at Fallen Timbers, Sauder Village, Hollywood Casino, Lake Erie, Put-In-Bay Islands, Maumee Bay State Park.

Finders "Your music library". Finders Records, a local music store, offers a wide variety of music choices, with vinyl records and cd's of all your favorite musicians and bands.

Easy Street Cafe Easy Street Cafe offers home-style meals with a variety of drink and menu choices.

Cafe Grounds for Thought offers a variety of cafe drinks with hand-roasted beans along with Ohio's largest used book collection between Columbus and Ann Arbor with a growing selection of comic books and vinyl records.

City Pool Bowling Green City pool offers a complex of water slides, a large swimming pool with diving boards, along with a child's play area and lazy river.

Sam B's Sam B's restaurant offers delicious bistro cuisine with a classy yet comfortable feel.

Naslada Bistro Naslada Bistro offers traditional Bulgarian cuisine with a versatile menu of all organic products a wholesome ingredients.

Cafe Call of the Canyon Cafe offers an array of drinks and menu items with an enticing western atmosphere.

Pub Two Foxes Gastropub is a local eatery and bar that offers bourbon, craft beer, wine, burgers, and pub fare for everyone.

Cookies The Cookie Jar and More, has a wide variety of cookie options for you to choose from. Make sure to ask about their "cookie of the day".

Eatery Mr. Spots, open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. every day is one of BG's favorite wings and hoagie stops. Eat-in, take-out, or have it delivered.

Bar & Grill Reverends Bar and Grill is an American gastro pub, with amazing burgers you won't find anywhere else.

Bar City Tap and the Attic, offer premier drinks and appetizers with both domestic and fine beers.

Bar Beckett's Burger Bar offers pub and specialty food alike, with burger specials, lunch deals, dinner and happy hour.

Sushi Uraku Japenese Restraunt gives you delicious traditional Japanese dishes and drinks.

Eatery Kabob It is a formal Mediterranean restaurant with delicious Greek salads, Gyros and Baklava.

Frozen Yogurt Lolas is a frozen yogurt, serve yourself, shoppe. With dozens of topping options and frozen treat choices.

Bar Doc's Big City Saloon is a western-themed bar and restraunt with an extensive build-your-own burger and sandwich menu.

Bar Stones Throw Tavern and Grill has a variety of nightly specials, both food and drink alike. The traditional celtic bar offers a beautiful atmosphere to sit and dine in.

Pizza Pizza Pub 516 is a BG favorite, offering pizza pies and subs.

Pizza Campus Pollyeyes gives you delicious hand-made pizza, along with nationally recognized stuffed breadsticks.


  • "As I reflect upon these past 30 years as a leader of our conference, Bowling Green State University absolutely ranks at the top of our list as an institutional host. Their guest relations team was fantastic."
    Deacon Ernest Wyrick, Chairman of the National Youth Conference

  • "The Dining Services Staff was courteous, professional, and like many BGSU staff who support the Boys State program, regarded by Boys State as our Friends."
    Buckeye Boys State

  • Thank you BGSU Catering for providing us with a wonderful menu. I could never, ever go back to what we used to have and I do not miss the broccoli salad! I so appreciate all your help and for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet.
    Career Fair Coordinator

  • "We had a catered breakfast, lunch and snack. Everything was exceptional and appreciated. Many thanks."
    Grandview Band Camp

  • "The facilities were great; we’ll definitely be coming back. Thank you very much! Everything was excellent! Very organized and welcoming."

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