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San Diego State University

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San Diego State University

San Diego, California 92182-1701

12500Largest Group
220Meeting Rooms
4000Overnight Guests
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  • SDSU's Historic Hepner HallSDSU's Historic Hepner Hall

  • SDSU's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student UnionSDSU's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

  • SDSU's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student UnionSDSU's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

  • SDSU's Alumni CenterSDSU's Alumni Center

  • SDSU's Vijeas ArenaSDSU's Vijeas Arena

  • SDSU's Hardy TowerSDSU's Hardy Tower

  • SDSU's AquaplexSDSU's Aquaplex

  • SDSU's AquaplexSDSU's Aquaplex

  • SDSU's Activities FieldSDSU's Activities Field

  • SDSU's Cuicacalli Residence HallSDSU's Cuicacalli Residence Hall

  • SDSU's Maya / Olmeca Residence HallsSDSU's Maya / Olmeca Residence Halls

  • SDSU's Scripps Cottage Patio and Koi PondSDSU's Scripps Cottage Patio and Koi Pond

  • SDSU's Tennis CourtsSDSU's Tennis Courts

  • SDSU Activities FieldSDSU Activities Field

  • SDSU's Cuicacalli Residence HallSDSU's Cuicacalli Residence Hall

  • SDSU Alumni Center: Fowler BallroomSDSU Alumni Center: Fowler Ballroom

  • Alumni Center: Allan Bailey LibraryAlumni Center: Allan Bailey Library

  • Alumni Center: Allan Bailey LibraryAlumni Center: Allan Bailey Library

  • SDSU's Aztec LanesSDSU's Aztec Lanes

  • SDSU's Aztec Student Union Montezuma HallSDSU's Aztec Student Union Montezuma Hall

  • Aztec Student Union: TheatreAztec Student Union: Theatre

  • SDSU's Don Powell TheatreSDSU's Don Powell Theatre

  • SDSU's Vijeas ArenaSDSU's Vijeas Arena

  • SDSU Conference ClassroomSDSU Conference Classroom

  • SDSU Conference ClassroomSDSU Conference Classroom

  • SDSU's Cuicacalli Residence HallSDSU's Cuicacalli Residence Hall

  • SDSU's Zura Residence HallSDSU's Zura Residence Hall

  • SDSU Residence Hall interiorSDSU Residence Hall interior

  • SDSU Residence Hall interiorSDSU Residence Hall interior

  • SDSU Residence Hall interiorSDSU Residence Hall interior

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San Diego State University (SDSU) is ideally situated in the heart of America's Finest City and conveniently located close to many popular Southern California attractions. It is just minutes away from beautiful beaches along a 70-mile Pacific Ocean coastline; scenic mountains to the east; the Gaslamp Entertainment District downtown; championship golf courses; and the charm of Mexico to the south. Sitting atop it all on Montezuma Mesa, SDSU offers an array of professional services and facilities, including award-winning on-site catering, to make your event a memorable success. We hope you'll decide to take advantage of the beautiful San Diego State University conference and event space!  (

SDSU Conference Services Offers:
  • Overnight accommodations for groups ranging from 10 to 4,000
  • A 490-seat Theatre - Don Powell Theatre
  • A 4,600-seat Outdoor Amphitheatre - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • A 12,000-seat Multi-use Arena - Viejas Arena
  • A 1,700-seat Gymnasium - Peterson Gym
  • Over 190 classrooms/meeting spaces accommodating 10 to 1,100 participants
  • 8 Tennis Courts - including 6 lighted courts
  • 5 Athletic Fields and 2 Green Spaces - including 3 Turf Fields, 2 Grass Fields
  • Parking for 10,000 Vehicles
  • Easy Access to the Interstate 

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
San Diego (0 miles) Orange County (70 miles) Los Angeles (100 miles)
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
San Diego International Airport / 25
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On-campus accommodations for residential conferences available late-May through mid-August. Meeting space, catering, and nearby hotels available year-round.
Room Type(s):
Residence Halls; Suite/Apt Style; Nearby Hotel(s)
Bath Type(s):
Private; Communal; Semi-Private
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Meeting rooms and guest rooms are equipped with high-speed internet connections. Teleconferencing, videoconferencing, and a computer lab are also available with professional technical support.
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Food & Beverage:
In-house dining program, with all-you-care-to-eat meals in large-scale dining rooms. Professional, on-site, and full-service catering operation.
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Rental Policies:
Large-scale on-campus accommodations for residential conferences available late-May through mid-August only.
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
Alumni Center: Foyer / Rotunda As the entry area for the facility, the Rotunda is an architectural masterpiece, which creates an open, friendly atmosphere for welcoming each of our guests. Coupled with an exterior audio system, a beautiful lobby and reception area, it serves as a warm venue for welcoming alumni and friends for a variety of events.

Alumni Center: Aztec Walk Patio This patio is an ideal reception setting for your next event. 

Alumni Center: Bridges Alumni Terrace Host a sunset reception on the top floor of the Alumni Center.

Alumni Center: Boardroom The Stephen L. Weber Alumni Boardroom provides versatile space perfect for both small and medium-sized events. The boardroom is technologically enhanced for all of your media and teleconferencing needs.

Alumni Center: Fowler Ballroom This elegant and spacious ballroom has beautiful decor and soft lighting. Accommodating up to 320 (192 seated) people, the Fowler Family Ballroom can be used for reunion dinners, volunteer meetings, gala banquet-type events, and wedding receptions. The space permits integration of sound and video systems as well as general audio/visual needs.

4802 (full); 3200 (2/3); 1600 (1/3)
Alumni Center: Allan Bailey Library An elegant space well-suited for smaller functions with an intimate and personal appeal. This room contains many pieces of Aztec memorabilia, so that visitors and alumni can reminisce all of the great history of San Diego State University.

Aztec Student Union: Entry Courtyard The marquee outdoor venue at the Aztec Student Union is the ideal venue for your next reception. 

Aztec Student Union: Montezuma Lounge Host a reception for your Montezuma Hall event in the wood-paneled lounge outside of the venue. 

Aztec Student Union: Theatre Take advantage of the comfortable seating and state-of-the-art media system for your next big presentation.

Aztec Student Union: Bowling Lanes Aztec Lanes features twelve Brunswick bowling lanes, five professional-grade billiards tables, two professional-grade tennis tables, and eight big-screen TVs.

Aztec Student Union: North Grand Entry Celebrate your event at the picturesque grand entroy to the Aztec Student Union. 

Aztec Student Union: Montezuma Hall The largest event space at SDSU after Viejas Arena, Montezuma Hall opened in 2013 as the signature meeting venue of the LEED Platinum Aztec Student Union.

Classroom: Small SDSU can accommodate any meeting size through our selection of classrooms. Our smaller-sized classroom space seats up to 100 people.

Classroom: Large SDSU can accommodate any meeting size through our selection of classrooms. Our largest classroom space seats up to 400 people.

Classroom: Medium SDSU can accommodate any meeting size through our selection of classrooms. Our medium-sized classroom space seats up to 250 people.

Don Powell Theatre The theatre's comfortable seats arranged in a continental seating assure a truly intimate event experience. Don Powell's large stage affords every seat in the house a clear, unobstructed view.

Hepner Hall Foyer Hepner Hall, one of the original buildings on Montezuma Mesa, is named in honor of Walter R. Hepner, president of the college from 1935-1952. This building has become the symbol of the campus, with its open-faced mission style bell tower and archway, leading from the Campanile Walkway and Main Quad to the Hepner Hall Quad. This could be the iconic setting for your next ceremony. 

The Garden at Cuicacalli Suites The Garden represents SDSU's largest contiguous dining space. In addition to his main dining room, the venue features a private meeting room and is the perfect option for catered meetings.

Tennis Courts Add some healthy competition to your next event by utilizing one of SDSU's eight tennis courts.

Scripps Cottage Patio and Koi Pond This quaint space sits below a grassy hillside and features an outdoor patio, picnic area, and calming koi fish and turtle pond.

Turf Field Our turf field has hosted many team competitions and is perfect for your group's next team-building activity.

University Towers Kitchen (UTK) UTK features an open-space kitchen and dining room as well as an outdoor patio making it an ideal venue for your next catered event.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Chapultepec 830 Residence Halls Communal yes
Maya 216 Residence Halls Communal yes
Olmeca 216 Residence Halls Communal yes
Tacuba 380 Residence Halls Communal yes
Tenochca 502 Residence Halls Communal yes
Tepeyac 380 Residence Halls Communal yes
University Towers 568 Residence Halls Communal yes
Zura 571 Residence Halls Communal yes


  • SDSU Catering
    SDSU Catering
    SDSU Catering is proud to be the exclusive caterer for San Diego State University. SDSU Catering is dedicated to providing you fresh and delicious food from an award-winning culinary team, creative and personalized menu ideas (including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), and excellent customer service. Leave the details to us... our clasically-trained chefs and catering specialists are dedicated to executing your event to your specifications. We continually strive to surpass expectations and are focused on attention to detail. 
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  • Aztec Market
    Aztec Market
  • Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches
    Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches
  • Chipotle
  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit
    Dickey's Barbecue Pit
  • Faculty-Staff Club
  • The Garden
  • The Habit
    The Habit Burger Grill
  • the grill at aztec shops terrace
    The Grill
  • Juice It Up!
    Juice It Up
  • Oggi's Pizza Express
    Oggi's Pizza Express
  • Olive Oil
    Olive Oil
  • Panda Express
    Panda Express
  • Peabody's | Big City Bagels
    Peabody's | Big City Bagels
  • Rubio's
  • Salad Bistro
    Salad Bistro
  • Shake Smart
    Shake Smart
  • So-Cal Chicken
    So-Cal Chicken
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • UTK
  • Vinnie's Pizza & Pasta Bar


Security Secure entrance to all residential facilities and security escort service is available for conference guests.

Parking We offer parking on-campus for up to 10,000 vehicles.

Conference Coordination and Planning Our staff offers expertise in planning, coordinating, and managing your meetings to ensure success!

Audio / Visual and Technical Support Fully staffed and stocked A/V department with built-in equipment in larger venues.

Outdoor and Indoor Activities Recreational and team-building opportunities through our Aquaplex, tennis courts, and athletics fields.

Internet Access All accommodations and meeting venues have Wi-Fi and / or ethernet access.


Audio/Visual capabilities Fully staffed and stocked A/V department with built-in equipment in larger venues.

Computer Rooms Our Library provides over 600 machines throughout the building. This is broken into large areas like the Library Computing Hub, Current Periodicals and Microforms Center, Media Center and Research Services.

High-Speed Internet Access All accommodations and meeting venues have Wi-Fi and / or ethernet access.

Area Attractions

Balboa Park Encompassing nearly 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is a magnificent cultural complex that includes 17 museums, eight major gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West," Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in North America, exceeding even Central Park in New York in size. Filled with cultural treasures, architectural grandeur, lush landscapes, stunning gardens and award-winning performing arts, it will take more than one day to see and enjoy it all.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

Sea World SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park.

The voyage begins soon as you arrive at the marine park with SeaWorld's interactive experience, Explorer's Reef. Guests enter under an iconic wave sculpture and are immediately immersed into an undersea adventure where they can touch a shark, interact with a ray and feel tiny cleaner fish gently nibble at their hands. For the thrill seekers, SeaWorld has Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and of course Manta, SeaWorld's double-launch, multi-media roller coaster. For a relaxing, serene experience, there's Turtle Reef, where guests can see dozens of sea turtles swimming in their 280,000-gallon habitat.

With all the fun happening inside the park, guests may not know what goes on behind the scenes, where SeaWorld is caring for rescued animals that were found ill, injured or stranded on beaches along the San Diego coastline. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld San Diego's Rescue Team has taken in and cared for more than 16,000 marine animals.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

LEGOLAND California LEGOLAND California is a theme park, miniature park, and aquarium located in Carlsbad, California, based on the Lego toy brand. Opening on March 20, 1999, it was the third Legoland park to open, and the first outside of Europe. 

LEGOLAND California Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. 

An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, tigers, sun bears, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of paradise, giant tortoises, leopards and more.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

San Diego Zoo Safari Park The San Diego Zoo Safari Park immerses you in an active, hands-on safari experience where herds of animals roam natural habitats in a 1,800-acre reserve. Choose from a variety of exciting safari expeditions by caravan truck, cart, zip line - there's even an overnight option. Everywhere you look, there are amazing views of lions lounging in the grasslands, antelope and giraffes mingling, rhinos wallowing in waterholes, storks and cranes on the march, and more. Engage in close encounters with animal ambassadors, explore walking trails that reveal beautiful vistas and endangered species like the Sumatran tiger, and discover the adventure of conservation in action at this leading-edge wildlife park.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

Living Coast Discovery Center The Living Coast Discovery Center offers an intimate nature experience on San Diego Bay. Visitors enjoy up-close animal encounters with endangered green sea turtles, shorebirds, hawks, owls, sharks, stingrays, jellies and more. Uniquely located on 3.3 acres of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and on history-rich Gunpowder Point, the Discovery Center is home to more than 350 animal and plant species native to the San Diego Bay habitat. The Center promotes coastal resource conservation and environmental stewardship through interactive education programs, live animal exhibits and inspiring seasonal art exhibitions.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Explore the wonders of the ocean at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Perched on a picturesque bluff in La Jolla, the aquarium features 60+ tanks of colorful marine life, including dazzling coral reefs, thrilling sharks, undulating jellyfish and three outdoor, living tide pools. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries on climate, earth and ocean science.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

USS Midway Museum USS Midway Museum - a real aircraft carrier and once in a lifetime memory for everyone! Create a once in a lifetime memory exploring the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century! Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates, by exploring galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters and the 4 acre flight deck. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations from the engine room to control tower, narrated by Midway sailors who lived or worked in each.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark San Diego Aquatica San Diego features guest experiences from serene to extreme, with water play as endless as the sea itself, and is home to a variety of exotic animals, providing an educational component to a waterpark visit that is both unexpected and enriching.

Aquatica San Diego is a lushly landscaped waterpark with up-close animal experiences, high speed thrills and the amenities of a beachside resort.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

Downtown San Diego The heart of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only ten minutes from SDSU, San Diego's thriving downtown districts offer a plethora of options for activities and cultural attractions.

San Diego’s distinct downtown neighborhoods offer a diverse variety of activities for every visitor, from families to sophisticated urbanites, with plenty to see, discover and indulge. With the legendary Gaslamp Quarter nestled in its core, San Diego’s downtown sits next to the beautiful San Diego Bay, offering scenic views of the water as you walk through the bustling urban streets of this clean, friendly and accessible downtown district. From museums and bayside boardwalk communities, to posh nightclubs and high-profile restaurants, all accessible on foot, trolley, train or cab, you won’t be short of things to do during your stay.

On the west edge of San Diego downtown lies 3 miles of the Embarcadero district. Meaning "the landing place" in Spanish, the Embarcadero boardwalk hugs the east side of San Diego Bay, and is home to the San Diego cruise terminal, the Navy Pier and Seaport Village. Climb aboard to explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India, or the Maritime Museum of San Diego. If a moving sea vessel is more your flavor, hop on a harbor cruise and explore the San Diego Bay. For fun on land, visit Seaport Village to grab a bite or pick up a one-of-a-kind gift.

If you're looking for some local flavor, immerse yourself in San Diego's Little Italy district, just north of the downtown. Grab an espresso and biscotti from a local café, or dine alfresco with a plate of hand-made pasta and a glass of Chianti. To walk off that authentic Italian meal, stop into any one of the many art and design galleries in Little Italy, showcasing artwork by international to local artists and furniture designers.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

San Diego's Mission Bay & Beaches Cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches attract recreational enthusiasts to the Mission Bay and Beaches area throughout the year.

Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Bay Park is the largest park of its kind in the world. The 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore. Enjoy water sports activities of many kinds, from laid-back sailing outings to action-packed kite surfing, there’s something for every age and skill-level to enjoy in the water. On land, visitors can picnic, barbecue or celebrate with bonfires right next to the water.

Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, you'll find funky surf shops, beach bars, restaurants and nightclubs.You can also find a variety of upscale resorts and family hotels scattered along the coast. And be sure to visit Mission Beach’s iconic Belmont Park amusement park and entertainment center for a ride on the Giant Dipper roller coaster or to test your surfing skills at the Wave House.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority) 

La Jolla: San Diego's Jewel by the Sea With a dramatic coastline boasting spectacular views, it's no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla's coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evokes a Mediterranean feel. With a unique microclimate that rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees, combined with unmatched natural beauty, an upscale casual vibe and world-class attractions, La Jolla lives up to its nickname as "the jewel" of San Diego.

La Jolla offers a wide range of accommodations and activities, from upscale and luxurious hotels, to casual fine dining, museums and art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques a slew of outdoor activities. Home to the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and the The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the area also offers well-groomed hiking trails with spectacular views.

La Jolla's biggest draw for locals and tourists alike, are the beaches. During the summer and autumn months, the surf is relatively gentle, with warm waters in 70s. Swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers and surfers can enjoy the local beaches at La Jolla Shores, the Cove and Windansea.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority) 

Baja California Baja California, Mexico is a beautiful playground just minutes from San Diego. There are many great tour companies who will guide you down to see great historical and cultural sights. Take in the spectacular coastline, grab a Puerto Nuevo lobster dinner, or see Mexico's fine wine country. 

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

Old Town Just south of Mission Valley and known as the birthplace of California, Old Town teems with a lively, authentic atmosphere, boasting 17 museums and historical sites including the Whaley House, which tops Travel Channel's America's Most Haunted list.

Quaint boutiques, mouth-watering restaurants, colorful art galleries and festive theatres populate Old Town, making it a not-to-be-missed hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Mexican cuisine is the specialty in Old Town, where you'll find authentic fare at any of the many cantinas. Just follow the aroma of freshly made tortillas and take a seat outside. Enjoy the sounds of local mariachi as you sip on the best margaritas in town.

(Source: San Diego Tourism Authority)

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