Butler University

Butler University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps

Unique Venue Feature

Hinkle Fieldhouse has reigned as one of the nation’s great sports arenas for more than eight decades. The classic facility was constructed in 1928 and it has stood up to the test of time, maintaining the splendor, character and atmosphere that made it one of the nation’s most famous basketball arenas for nearly a century. And during the summer of 2014, the Fieldhouse underwent a major $36 million renovation that provided significant upgrades and improvements to make a great facility even better! In addition to being the home of Butler basketball, the Fieldhouse has been host to a Nobel laureate, six U. S. presidents (Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush), the Billy Graham Crusade, the Sonja Henie Ice Show, four professional basketball teams, the U.S. Olympic basketball trials, the first USA-USSR basketball game, all-star basketball games for the NBA and ABA as well as the East-West College All-Stars, the nationally-prominent Butler Relays in track, tennis matches of both Bill Tilden and Jack Kramer, the 1982 World Goal Ball Championships, a three-ring circus, several equestrian events, the Roller Derby, and a six-day bicycle race. The building also housed the U. S. military as a barracks during World War II. And Butler’s homecourt was in the spotlight world-wide as the site of the championship game in the popular movie “Hoosiers.”


Located in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler University provides a welcoming and flexible urban setting for conferences and camps with summertime accommodations on our campus. We are extremely proud of our long tradition of academic excellence, and trust you will enjoy our beautiful campus and facilities.

Butler University offers residential hall housing to both on- and off-campus groups for summer conferences and camps from Memorial Day Weekend through the last full weekend in July.

University facilities are available for rent when not in use for academic activities. Space options range from small conference rooms to large auditoriums, most with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Local and national organizations have found Butler to be a pleasant, productive, and convenient location for seminars, conferences, and meetings.

To inquire about your event, please contact [email protected].

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 350 guests
  • Largest Theatre Style: 350
  • Largest Seated Reception: 240
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Sweeney Chapel: South Campus
A traditional chapel setting including pipe organ or piano with seating for 260 guests on the main floor or 284 including choral seats
  • 260 Theatre Style
Holcomb Observatory
A unique event space inside the observatory, rental includes a planetarium show and ability to look through the telescope (weather permitted)
Holcomb Gardens
A large, open outdoor venue in a beatiful garden along the canal 
Reflecting Pond Patio
An intimate outdoor setting alongside a reflecting pool featuring fountain and belltower
  • 50 Theatre Style
Carillon Patio
Outdoor venue nestled at the foot on the Carillon belltower alongside the reflecting pool with fountain
  • 15' x 15' Sq. Ft.
  • 32 Theatre Style
Norris Plaza
An outdoor patio featuring fountain and ability for outdoor seating
  • 40' x 60' Sq. Ft.
  • 120 Banquet Style
  • 240 Theatre Style
Reilly Room
Large meeting room with potential for multiple setup styles including banquet, open floor, or presentation
Johnson Room
Meeting room with ornately painted walls and AV capabilities 
Ford Salon
Located in Robertson Hall, a room with many setup options including open floor, banquet or presentation
  • 32' x 58' Sq. Ft.
  • 72 Banquet Style
  • 150 Theatre Style
The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden, Business Building
Have your special event over looking the beautiful campus of Butler University on The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden. The Rooftop Garden was opened with the new building in 2019 and is a great location for a personal event, corporate retreat, or a dinner above Butler!
Fairview Community Room
Common Room, South Campus

Food & Beverage Options

Chatham Tap
Everyone needs a neighborhood pub. At Chatham Tap, we bring the tradition of the English “local” to you. We offer an extensive beer list with taps featuring a mix of imports and local craft beer, an award-winning food menu, and plenty of HD TV’s so you can follow your favorite teams.
Chatham Tap is the place to be for the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, World Cup, and European Championships. You’ll find plenty of soccer enthusiasts ready to discuss last week’s results, next week’s matches, and everything happening in between.
So pull up a bar stool, order up a pint and a sarnie, and settle in.

At Chatham Tap, You’ll Never Drink Alone!


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1200
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1200
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Television
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Irvington House
Opened in 2018, Irvington house is a suite-style residence hall which includes on-site fitness center, game room, TV lounges, full kitchen and laundry facilities. (AVAILABLE ONLY DURING SUMMER CONFERENCE SEASON). 
  • 600 Beds
Fairview House
Opened in 2016, Fairview house offers 8-person and 6-person pod style living. Each pod includes double bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchenette and living room. Fairview house also has on-site fitness center, game lounge, TV lounges and laundry facilities. (AVAILABLE ONLY DURING SUMMER CONFERENCE SEASON).
  • 600 Beds
Hospitality House: South Campus
This Magnificent English Colonial home, built in the year 1929, is nestled on the banks of the White River and Indianapolis Central Canal in a town that was known as Shooters Hill until 1951. Acquired by Butler University in 2018, the house is host to guests of Butler, Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), and the Indianapolis community. It is the focal point of University Event's newly developing guest housing options at Butler University, and host to a variety of events. These events have included departmental retreats and alumni wine and dessert tasting gatherings. With new life and daily upgrades, the Hospitality House will serve the community of Butler University families, visitors, and guests for years to come!

The Hospitality House consists of private and shared hall bathrooms. The first floor of the house is open to all guests to use and includes and fully equipped kitchen, dinning room, library, and living room. Laundry facilities for guests are located in the basement of the Hospitality House and are free for all guests. The room accommodations include XL twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, closet, and full bed and bath linen bundle. Over the past year, we have upgraded two rooms into deluxe suites. These rooms include a queen bed, desk and chair, private bathroom, hospitality cabinet unit with mini-fridge and microwave, smart TV, and full bed and bath linen bundle. As we continue to make upgrades, we look forward to hosting you on your next visit to Butler University!
  • 11 Rooms
  • 11 Beds
49th St Duplex
Located across the street from Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse This duplex has two separate yet identical sides. Each side has two bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen, living room and laundry facilities.
  • 2 Rooms
  • 2 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


4600 Sunset Avenue,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Indianapolis International Airport - 25 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Indianapolis International Airport - 25 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Butler University is located just 15 minutes north of the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

Lousiville KY- 120 mi

Chicago IL- 180 mi

Columbus OH- 180 mi

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


Butler University’s campus is equipped with free high-speed internet for all guests. Many spaces include projectors, screens, or computers and other AV equipment may be available upon request.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Laptops
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes