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The University of Rhode Island

URI Conferences and Special Program Development (CSPD)
25 W Independence Way, Suite H

Kingston, Rhode Island 02881

7657Largest Group
102Meeting Rooms
4500Overnight Guests
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  • URI CampusURI Campus

  • Hillside HallHillside Hall

  • Butterfield Dining HallButterfield Dining Hall

  • CBLS 100 CBLS 100

  • Meade StadiumMeade Stadium

  • Mackal Field HouseMackal Field House

  • Wiley HallWiley Hall

  • Mainfare Dining HallMainfare Dining Hall

  • The Thomas M. Ryan CenterThe Thomas M. Ryan Center

  • Memorial Union Ballroom Memorial Union Ballroom

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How would 400 miles of pristine coastline impact attendance at your next Rhode Island event...

Hard to tell for sure, but many of the groups convening in the Ocean State for the first time report record attendance. Rhode Island enjoys a reputation as being a truly unique destination. URI is also a unique venue in that it offers award-winning dining, extensive housing accommodations, state-of-the-art Rhode Island meeting spaces, and a complete recreational complex including a 24/7 ice arena. Our amenities coupled with our proximity to Newport (America’s first resort), New England’s finest beaches, and a beautiful rural setting, are the perfect ingredients to create a successful and memorable event. Convenient access to Amtrak, I-95, and TF Green airport, reduces stress for your guests and lowers the cost of travel.

Come experience the “Ocean State” and discover what the smallest state in the Union has to offer you! 

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Boston -80
New York City -160
Providence - 30
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
T. F. Green / 30
Public Transportation Options:
Metro/Public Transportation Proximity:
Within walking distance
Parking Onsite:
Residential facilities: Late May - Mid August
Meetings/Conferences: Year Round
Room Type(s):
Residence Halls (A/C & Non A/C)
Suite/Apt Style
Nearby Hotel(s)
Bath Type(s):
Private, Semi-Private, Communal
Largest Group:
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
Largest Classroom Style:
Largest Theatre Style:
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All URI classrooms have at least one active ethernet port for use with the internet. The classrooms also feature technology stations with VGA, HDMI and video projection equipment. Campus-wide WIFI is also available to the groups on campus, a password will be given to the group to enable access.
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Onsite A/V Staff:
Food & Beverage:
Full service catering, award winning dining halls and local restaurants.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Cultural Catering Available:
Alcohol Permitted:
Special Rates and Packages:
Please call CSPD for group rates.
Ideally Suited For:
Corporate Social Events
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Edwards Auditorium

Chafee 271

CBLS 100

Beaupre 100

Swan Auditorium

Pastore 124

Quinn Auditorium

PHMC 170

Kirk Auditorium

White Auditorium

East Auditorium

Chafee 277

Memorial Union Ballroom

Keaney Complex Home to the URI Women’s Varsity Volleyball & Men’s Club Volleyball teams as well as locker rooms and showers for teams such as soccer, baseball, volleyball and track along with Men’s & Women’s recreational locker rooms and showers.

Tootell Aquatic Center Features an eight-lane Lap Swim Pool, 14-feet deep Diving Pool and a warm water, four-lane Recreational/Instructional Pool. The Tootell Center also includes Men’s/Women’s locker rooms, Group Exercise Studio and West Gymnasium.

Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center The Fascitelli Fitness Center features the latest technology and has the capability of offering unique interactive fitness equipment and other facility amenities to enhance the user’s experience. Fascitelli includes the West Cardio Area, East Cardio Area, Lower Level, Circuit Training Area and North & South Functional Areas.

Outdoor Facilities Tennis Courts, Beck Baseball Field, Soccer Practice and Recreation Field, Soccer Complex, Football Practice Field, Meade Stadium, Field Hockey Field, and Softball Field.

The Thomas M. Ryan Center The Ryan Center is a 200,000 square foot venue that boasts three tiers of seating in the arena to bring all 7,800 seats within 74-feet of the court, creating a frenzied atmosphere for both sporting events and concerts alike. A portable stage is available for concerts and performance events and the event floor itself can seat up to 500

Mackal Field House Opened in 1991, features a six-lane, 200-meter indoor track, including eight lanes on the straightaways, fitness center, weight room and four basketball courts.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Barlow Hall 334 Residence Halls Communal yes
Bressler Hall 275 Residence Halls Communal no
Browning Hall 399 Residence Halls Communal no
Butterfield 241 Residence Halls Communal no
Coddington Hall 258 Residence Halls Shared no
Dorr Hall 213 Residence Halls Shared no
Eddy Hall 311 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Ellery Hall 157 Residence Halls Shared no
Fayerweather Hall 357 Residence Halls Shared no
Garrahy Hall 239 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Gorham Hall 358 Residence Halls Shared no
Heathman Hall 403 Residence Halls Private no
Hillside Hall 621 Residence Halls Communal no
Hopkins Hall 159 Residence Halls Shared no
Hutchinson Hall 118 Residence Halls Communal no
Merrow Hall 130 Residence Halls Communal no
Peck Hall 114 Residence Halls Communal no
Tucker Hall 128 Residence Halls Communal no
Weldin Hall 334 Residence Halls Communal yes
Wiley Hall 276 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes


  • URI Catering
    From grand gala to backyard barbecues to boxed-lunches to-go URI Catering has got you covered. Choose from the packages on the menu or tailor your options to fit your exact needs. Please visit:  for URI Catering menu.


  • URI Dining
    URI's award winning dining program provides your group with options everyone can enjoy. 
  • Mainfare Dining Hall
    Seating Capacity: 600
    Mainfare Dining Hall is a five time National Grand Prize Winner of the Loyal E. Horton Dining Award.
    Mainfare features a burger/hot dog station, asian stir fry/pasta station, deli station and a homestyle station.
  • Butterfield Dining Hall
    Seating Capacity: 560
    Butterfield Dining Hall was named the Gold Winner of the Loyal E. Horton Dining Award in 2017.
    Butterfield features an omlet station, pizza/italian pasta station, burritos/quesadilla station, deli station, homestyle station and a soup/salad station.


URI Conferences and Special Program Development Services Collaborating with URI Conferences and Special Program Development will allow you to focus on your program while we manage the details. Our complete consultation, coordination and program development assistance will generate a sense of comfort and ease in the planning process. The following services can be specifically tailored to produce your event at the highest quality:

Program Development
  • Scheduling of event: Venue, Date, On-campus or Off-campus
  • Hotel/Facility contract negotiations
  • Catering coordination
  • Consulting services regarding content, speaker, etc.
  • Audio-Visual equipment arrangements
  • Menuing meals within budget

Financial Management Services
  • Develop a comprehensive budget
  • Monitor registration/budget to ensure financial goals
  • Receive, receipt, deposit all payment types (checks, cash, purchase orders and credit cards)
  • Detailed financial reporting to client to include account reconciliation
  • Invoice/Bill payment

Meeting Coordination/Management
  • Online registration
  • Onsite registration
  • Meeting oversight/coordination
  • Preparation of name tags, participant list, meal tickets
  • Coordination of travel arrangements (air, ground, local, etc.)


Technology All URI classrooms have at least one active ethernet port for use with the internet. The classrooms also feature technology stations with VGA, HDMI and video projection equipment. Campus-wide Wi-Fi is also available to the groups on campus, a password will be given to the group to enable access.


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