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University of Florida Department of Housing Conference Services

SW 13th Street & Museum Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611

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  • Infinity HallInfinity Hall
  • University AuditoriumUniversity Auditorium
  • Ben Hill Griffin StadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
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  • Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing ArtsCurtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Inside Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing ArtsInside Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
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  • University of Florida Graham GalleryUniversity of Florida Graham Gallery
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  • Museum of Natural HistoryMuseum of Natural History
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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Daytona, Tallahassee
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Gainesville Regional Airport / 20
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Double traditional, Double Suites, Apartment Style
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UF Housing and Residence Education provides high speed wireless (Wi-Fi) internet access as a value added amenity to all residence hall areas. The UF Wireless Service provides a reliable, secure wireless network based on PEAP, WPA, or WPA2 encryption. UF Housing and Residence Education provides high speed internet access to all residence hall rooms. The DHNet service provides a reliable, secure network centered around the 802.1x security protocol.
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Gator Dining Services has 45 dining options on campus including all your favorite national brands like Subway, Papa John’s, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Pollo Tropical, Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks and Moe’s Southwest Grill. There are also many vegetarian/vegan options (Voted 5th in the nation for Most Vegan-Friendly Large American College by Peta2), as well as special treats like tart yogurt, smoothies, gourmet coffee, and delicious pastries and desserts. We offer two types of dining programs: Meal Plans and Catering.
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Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Stephen C. O'Connell Center Seating Capacities: First Level Bleachers: 2,712 Second Level Chairbacks: 4,908 Third Level Chairbacks: 3,583 Disabled/Companion: 110 With all of the seating in use, the O'Connell Center main arena can accommodate almost 12,000 spectators. In addition, we also can seat people in folding chairs on the main arena floor during concerts or banquets. Event Capacities: Concerts: -Full House ~ 9,300 -Half House ~ 6,300 -In the Round ~ 12,000 Speaking Engagements: -Half House (standard set) ~ 3,000-4,000 -Full House ~ 7,000-8,000 Athletics: -Men's Basketball ~ 11,697 -Women's Basketball ~ 11,409 -Volleyball ~ 11,409 -Gymnastics ~ 10,275 Banquets: -up to 2,800 Trade Shows: -Level 1 ~ 114 -- 8 foot x 10 foot booths -Level 2 ~ 166 -- 8 foot x 10 foot booths -Total Exhibition Booths: 280 Total Exhibition Space: -Level 1 -- 20,400 sq. ft. -Level 2 -- 30,000 sq. ft. -TOTAL-- 50,400 sq. ft. Entire Building: 296,000 sq ft. Dimensions: -Level 1 (bleachers in) -- 120 feet x 174 feet -Level 1 (bleachers out)--116 feet x 61 feet -Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 1 & Gate 2: 160 feet x 40 feet -Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 2 & Gate 3: 95 feet x 50 feet -Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 3 & Gate 4: 160 feet x 50 feet -Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 1 & Gate 4: 95 feet x 50 feet Heights: -Floor to grid: 78 feet -Floor to roof: 118 feet -Floor to Level 2: 16 feet -Level 2 to Level 3: 20 feet Miscellaneous Info: -The roof supports a theatrical grid system capable of supporting up to 100,000 pounds of equipment. -Three levels of seating surround the main arena floor which is 14.5 feet below ground level to take advantage of the constant temperature of the earth. -Both the main arena floor and the second level floor are made of a synthetic substance to provide cushion to our athletes. The flooring on level 1 is made from the material Chem-Turf. The flooring on level 2 is made from the material Mondo. The track is textured to provide a better running surface. -Basketball: On level one there are three intramural basketball courts painted on the floor. During collegiate games a drop-in wooden floor is used. -Volleyball: On level one there are six intramural volleyball courts painted on the floor. During collegiate games a drop-in wooden floor is used. -On level two when the bleachers are retracted there is exposed a six lane, 220 yard track (1/8 mile). -Net curtains which run the inner perimeter of level two may be pulled out from behind the gates to prevent volleyballs and other equipment from falling onto the main floor. -The O'Connell Center's flexibility is enhanced by the many pieces of equipment which can be moved and retracted. In addition to the retractable bleacher seating, the basketball goals, the stage, and the drop-in basketball and volleyball floors are examples of this unique flexibility.

Florida Museum of Natural History The Florida Museum is primarily located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville with research sites throughout the world. But the Museum is more than facilities and a repository for millions of specimens and artifacts. Our faculty, staff, part-time employees and volunteers are passionately committed to learning and communicating to others the fascination we share for our natural and cultural worlds. Museum researchers investigate bird extinctions on Pacific islands, excavate shell mounds on the Southwest Florida coast, document shark attacks worldwide, monitor endangered and threatened species such as the Florida panther and the manatee, and explore the genetic codes relating families of tropical orchids. Their findings are shared through scholarly publications, university courses, public lectures, museum exhibits and K-12 education programs. Our geographic emphasis focuses on Florida, the Caribbean Basin and Latin America. However, since its beginning in 1891 the Florida Museum has evolved into a world-class institution committed to inspiring people to value the biological richness and cultural heritage of our diverse world and make a positive difference in its future. I invite you to share in this exciting mission by visiting the Museum and becoming a member of our Florida Museum Associates. Central Gallery This space is perfect for sit-down dinners, parties with dancing, receptions and presentations. The room has a drop-down screen, LCD projector and built-in sound system. Thompson Gallery Featuring the Wall of Wings display, this area is an intimate space ideal for cocktail hours, small dinners and lectures. The room has an LCD projector and drop-down screen. Butterfly Rainforest Make your event even more exciting by adding Butterfly Rainforest admission (extra charge required). You may even hold your wedding in the Rainforest (up to 100 attendees)!

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts The Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts theatre in Gainesville, Florida, United States. It is located on the western side of the University of Florida campus. This facility presents the some of the most established and emerging national and international artists on the main stage. In all, the Phillips Center consists of a 1,700-seat proscenium hall and a 200-seat Black Box Theatre.

University Auditorium University Auditorium was completed in the mid 1920s and renovated and expanded as a bicentennial project in 1976. The Auditorium is one of several university buildings included in the National Register of Historic Places. It includes a concert stage, seating for 843, and is suitable for musical concerts, special lectures, convocations and less technically demanding dance concerts and pageants. Among other amenities is the Friends of Music room, a tastefully designed and decorated room used for receptions. The Auditorium is also home to the Anderson Memorial Organ. Donated in 1925, the organ has since been expanded and improved with the installation of additional pipes and a five manual console, making it one of the major instruments of its kind in the Southeast

Florida Gymnasium The historic Florida Gymnasium provides the perfect location for any organization’s event—whether academic, athletic, or even charitable in nature. Recent events held in the gym include the following: seminars, lectures, luncheons, exhibitions, orientation programs, award ceremonies, student group meetings, academic competitions, holiday parties, and benefit dinners; basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, and ping-pong tournaments; Zumba exercise and dance marathons.



Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Beaty Towers 182 787 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Broward Hall 300 690 Residence Halls Communal yes
Rawlings Hall 164 364 Residence Halls Communal yes
Graham Area 298 644 Residence Halls Communal yes
Tolbert Area 500 986 Residence Halls Communal yes
Keys Complex 98 419 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Hume Hall 304 590 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes


  • Full Service Catering Options
    Need catering for a large event or a more formal affair? We offer complete services for conferences, weddings, receptions, themed buffets and more. We offer many impressive appetizers and full-scale meals for any occasion in our traditional catering menu. As the Official Caterer at the University of Florida, we can accommodate a simple coffee break or a sit-down dinner for 1,000. We specialize in creating an unforgettable occasion.
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  • Gator Dining Services
    Gator Dining Services is the official food service provider at the University of Florida. They offer over 45 locations on campus including all your favorite national brands such as Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Moe's Southwest Grill, Burger King, Papa John's, Starbucks, Subway and more. Additionally, there are 2 residential dining halls on campus, the Fresh Food Company at Broward and Gator Corner Dining Center, plus on-campus convenience stores.

Area Attractions

Butterly Rainforest The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience first-hand. The lush landscape is planted in tropical trees and colorful flowering plants amid waterfalls and a walking path. Skilled interpretive staff are available to help answer questions and provide visitors with a personal and highly engaging experience.

Florida Museum of Natural History Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age. Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year-round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums.

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