University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is proud to be one of the largest summer conference operations of our kind in the country.

Our conference centers in Lincoln, Nebraska can accommodate up to 5,500 attendees with full-service meeting, dining and sleeping options. If you’re looking for a premier spot to host your next business training, conference, or retreat we offer several great amenities to ensure your event is a success.

The Lied Center can accommodate up to 2,200 in auditorium style and has various breakout rooms with numerous configuration possibilities.

Flexible meeting spaces, indoor and outdoor training facilities, fully furnished apartments and suites, plus a comprehensive catering package are some the many perks you will discover at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. The Lied Center can accommodate up to 2,200 in auditorium style and is an ideal venue for concerts, theatre shows, or guest speakers. The Lied Center’s spacious stage is can be utilized for dinners and receptions, and the venue has various breakout rooms with numerous configuration possibilities for your social event. The Alumni Center, The Champions Club and the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center provide event and meeting spaces that can easily be utilized for receptions, banquets and a variety of other social events.

UNL’s venue in Lincoln, NE that has a large number of meeting spaces and various unique options including:

    • training fields
    • outdoor space
    • study rooms
    • fitness/rec center

If you require a nearby venue that can accommodate overnight guests, University of Nebraska- Lincoln has several options. Our sleeping accommodations include apartment setups, suites, and traditional-style halls. All the housing options on campus have been newly renovated within the last 5 years or are new construction that boast individual room temperature control, a 24/7 front desk concierge, meet and greet spaces, as well as modern amenities to ensure guests comfort during their stay.

    • apartment
    • suite
    • air conditioned traditional-style halls with linen options

All housing options are newly renovated in the last 5 year or new build with individual room temp control, self-serve laundry on each floor, 24/7 front desk concierge and meet/greet space in the front welcome areas.


Quality food service is important for any high-caliber social event, and planners will be pleased to find that University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides great food and top-notch service. Your UNL dining experience can range from full catered events, to healthy, local farm grown meals and “around the world” daily variations within our “all you care to eat” dining halls. You won’t find more options available in the Lincoln, NE area, and the venue provides breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners in addition to simple, prepared options.

Whether you are planning a camp, retreat or meeting, consider University of Nebraska for your next event!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 5500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 850
  • Largest Theatre Style: 7500
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 7500
  • Largest Arena Seating: 13,595
  • Academic Year Largest Group: no
Residence Hall Space
Conveniently located in our residence halls, our conference rooms, lounges, lobbies, and study spaces can accommodate many activities.
Kauffman Academic Center
Centrally located, this venue has classrooms, multipurpose rooms, and a banquet hall.
The Lied Center for Performing Arts
Lincoln's premier performing arts center is located right on campus. The main theatre seats over 2200.  Few venues in the Midwest share the distinctive culture, prime location and picturesque views that the Lied Center can provide for a special event. The versatile spaces can be tailored to suit many needs — whether it be as large as planning a performance, as small as a reception, or as simple as a meeting.

Nebraska Union Auditorium
This auditorium accommodates 300 people in theater-style seating and includes the lasted technology.
Nebraska Union Centennial Room
Located on the second floor of the Nebraska Union, the Centennial Room can accommodate 500 in banquet-style seating and 720 in theater-style seating.
  • 7056 Sq. Ft.
  • 500 Banquet Style
  • 120 Classroom Style
  • 720 Theatre Style
  • 35 Conference Style
  • 35 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Nebraska Union Ballroom
Located on the second floor of the Nebraska Union, the Ballroom can accommodate 350 in banquet-style seating and 500 in theater-style seating.
  • 5400 Sq. Ft.
  • 350 Banquet Style
  • 120 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
  • 35 Conference Style
  • 35 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Available throughout campus, UNL classrooms offer a variety of options and are equipped with modern technology and A/V equipment.
Wick Alumni Center
The Wick Center Great Hall has seating for 200 people at banquet events and 400 people at receptions. The room features a three-story-high cathedral ceiling, mahogany paneling, an electrically-controlled projection screen, and a computerized lighting system along with theatrical lights. Other rooms in this building include the Dana Room, the Seacrest Library, and conference rooms.
Champions Club
Next to Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska Champions Club has two great spaces for formal or casual events.
  • 360 Banquet Style
  • 450 Theatre Style
Morrill Hall State Museum
Morrill Hall is available for any event you would like to host in a unique facility.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
  • 32 Conference Style
  • 24 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Van Brunt Visitors Center
The Van Brunt Visitors Center great hall features 40-foot high ceilings and a warm living room atmosphere with a large video wall.
Kimball Recital Hall
The Kimball Recital Hall is an acoustically exquisite, 850-seat concert facility which provides balcony seating, a fly space for opera productions, and a Reuter pipe organ.
  • 800 Theatre Style
East Union Great Plains Room
The Great Plains Room is located on the scenic East Campus. Located on the second floor of the Nebraska East Union, the Great Plains Room can accommodate 300 in banquet-style seating and 500 in theater-style seating.
  • 350 Banquet Style
  • 300 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
  • 35 Conference Style
  • 35 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Sheldon Sculpture Garden
The Sheldon Sculpture Garden provides a beautiful backdrop to any outdoor event. The two and a half acres of space is adjacent to Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.
Outdoor Facilities
With over 280 acres of green space and 110 acres of beautifully designed botanical garden areas, the University of Nebraska-Lincolns campus creates a spectacular setting for any event. The campus grounds enhance university event facilities and provide an extraordinary outdoor setting for any special event.
Devaney Sports Center
The home of Nebraska Volleyball beginning in the 2013 season, the 7,907-seat Bob Devaney Sports Center is one of the top venues in the midwest. The space includes a high definition center-hung video board and 10MM video boards on each side. Other amenities include increased and renovated restrooms and updated concession stands.
Lied Center Auditorium
The main hall can seat 2,192 people, with the opportunity for 66 additional seats by lifting the orchestra pit. Wheelchair seating and access is available.
  • 2255 Theatre Style
Lied Center Steinhart Room
The Steinhart Room is often used for meetings, classes, receptions and even small concerts. The room also features a retractable wall to divide the room into two meeting areas to increase versatility.
  • 95 Banquet Style
  • 120 Theatre Style
Lied Commons
The newest addition to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Lied Commons, opened in 2012. A versatile space, the Lied Commons has its own dedicated entrance extending on to the Friends of Lied Plaza.
  • 95 Banquet Style
  • 120 Theatre Style
Willa Cather Dining Complex
Built in 2017, this state-of-the-art facility incorporates dining, event, and meeting space into a beautiful building on the east side of the University’s City Campus. With multiple spaces and many configuration options, this venue is able to provide accommodations for everything from small meetings and presentations to large gatherings. All spaces come equipped with microphones, media projection, built-in audio, and the ability to connect your own devices. In-house catering can provide anything from coffee and cookies to a served meal to enhance your event. 
  • 8000 Sq. Ft.
  • 350 Banquet Style
  • 144 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout

Food & Beverage Options

Harper Dining Center
This dining hall is located on the north end of campus near Harper, Schramm, Smith residence halls and the Village Apartments. This is a market-style servery with seating that can be sectioned off to meet your needs.
  • Seating Capacity: 1200
Selleck Dining Center
Selleck's central location is in easy walking distance of both campus facilities and downtown attractions. Home of the stone-baked pizza and a raman and noodle bar, Selleck has a wide variety of meal options.
  • Seating Capacity: 1200
CPN Dining Center
Centrally located, CPNs traditional dining center is home of UNLs Sustainable Food Project specializing in locally produced foods.
  • Seating Capacity: 600
Executive Dining Room
Located in Selleck Dining Center, this private dining and conference room can accommodate twenty-four guests.
  • Seating Capacity: 24
Presidential Dining Room
Located in Selleck Dining Center, this private banquet room can accommodate up to forty guests.
  • Seating Capacity: 40
Caffina Cafe
Are you craving your favorite Starbucks coffee? Housed inside the Nebraska Union Caffina Cafe is the only on-campus Starbucks retailer.
Nebraska Union Food Court
The Nebraska Union's food court includes Subway (sandwiches and pizza), Imperial Palace, and a local favorite, Runza Restaurant.
Abel Dining Hall
This dining hall is located on the east side of campus near the Abel and Sandoz residence halls and the Courtyards Apartments. This is a market-style servery with a traditional line, an American grill option, a salad and desert line, a pizza and pasta line and a variety of made to order options.
  • Seating Capacity: 1200

Catering options

University Catering
We offer an extensive selection of culinary choices, ranging from refreshment breaks and outdoor barbecues to themed banquets and elegant receptions. Our catering managers are experienced in planning customized events for your group in either on- or off-campus venues.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 5500
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 5500
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Kitchen Available
  • Refrigerator


Abel Hall
Abel Hall is located on City Campus and houses approximately 1000 guests.
  • 1000 Beds
Massengale Residence Center
Massengale Residence Center is located on East Campus
  • 350 Beds
Harper Hall
Harper Hall is located on the north end of campus and is a traditional high rise resdience hall. 
  • 500 Beds
Kauffman Hall
Kauffman Hall is  centrally located on City Campus and contains traditional and two different suite style rooms.
  • 122 Beds
Sandoz Hall
Sandoz Hall is located on City Campus. Renovations are scheduled for the summer of 2009.
  • 496 Beds
Schramm Hall
Schramm Hall is located on city campus and was renovated in 2005.
  • 500 Beds
Selleck Hall
Selleck is located close to the Nebraska Union, centrally located on city campus.
  • 100 Beds
Smith Hall
Smith Hall is located on city campus and was renovated in 2005.
  • 500 Beds
Village Apartments
Our apartment-style hall offers adult guests two- and four-bedroom accommodations with private bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • 520 Beds
Knoll Hall
Knoll Hall is part of our Suites complex with University and Eastside Suites.
  • 550 Beds
University Suites
University Suites is part of our Suites complex with Knoll and Eastside Suites.  It houses our guest housing operation.
  • 520 Beds
Eastside Suites
Eastside Suites is part of the Suites complex with Knoll and University Suites on the southeast side of campus. 
  • 520 Beds
Located on the north end of campus this apartment style hall is near Harper, Schramm, and Smith residence halls.
  • 485 Beds
Downtown Hotels
UNL Campus is adjacent to downtown Lincoln, and home of many nearby hotels
  • 780 Beds

Featured Amenities

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

Venue Location + Transportation


530 N 17th St,
University Housing,
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0622


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Lincoln Airport - 10 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Eppley Airfield - 60 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

In Center City Lincoln, Omaha – 45 miles, Kansas City – 200 miles, Direct flights to Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis

Things to Know


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


University of Nebraska- Lincoln offers state of the art multi-media technology including complimentary wireless internet, video teleconferencing, built-in sound systems, large computer labs, satellite links, in-ceiling projectors and wireless microphones. Our in-house technical support staff is available to create a seamless event for you.

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

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: No
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • ADA Accessible: Yes


"It is comforting as a teacher who brings students each year and as a leader of our Association who is responsible for over 3,000 guests to know that we have the full focus and commitment of your well-trained and cooperative staff. Only through a cooperating working relationship could this event happen so flawlessly."
Jerry Smith, Jr., Board Vice President of Educational Theatre Association; Cincinnati, Ohio
"Thank you for making Lincoln a wonderful place to visit every year."
Educational Testing Services; Princeton, New Jersey
"UNL provided the perfect solution to our challenge of finding a new location."
Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Lincoln, Nebraska
"This was the best hospitality I have witnessed in decades, anywhere!"
Advanced Placement guest; Little Rock, Arkansas


Conference and Event Planning
Your conference services planner will handle every aspect of your event from housing accommodations, to dining service needs, to parking requests.
Twenty-Four Hours Desk Service
Our front desk service is operational 24 hours a day.
Free Highspeed Wireless Internet
All guest rooms come with free, high-speed wireless internet access.
Campus Rec access
Your group can arrange access to our state-of-the-art on-campus Recreation facility.
Parking and Transportation Services
Our conference service planners can make arrangements for parking permits and shuttle services.
On-Campus Convenience Stores
There are 4 convenience stores located around campus inside the Residence Halls. These stores stock a limited range of groceries, snack foods, beverages and personal care items.
Equipment Rental
There are dance floors, stages, podiums, speaker systems, and much more available to rent for your unique event. Talk to your conference planner for more information.
University Catering Service
University Catering offer an extensive selection of culinary choices, ranging from refreshment breaks and outdoor barbecues to themed banquets and elegant receptions. Our catering managers are experienced in planning customized events for your group in either on- or off-campus venues.


A/V and Technical Equipment and Support
Most meeting spaces are equipped with LCD projectors, instructor computer terminals, microphones, as well as other common meeting equipment.
Computer Labs
Computer labs are available for your group throughout the campus.
Computer Equipment Rental
Desktop computers, laptops, iMacs, and printers rental arrangements can be made through your conference coordinator.
Video Conferencing
Our Video Conferencing service can literally place a video call to any site that has a high-speed computer connection, any where in the world.
Free Highspeed Internet Access
All guest rooms come with FREE high-speed internet access so you can stay in touch even away from the office.