The University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island

Event Types Welcomed

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


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

Hard to tell for sure, but many of the conferences and gatherings convening in the Ocean State for the first-time report record attendance. Rhode Island enjoys a reputation as being a truly unique destination. URI’s event space is conveniently located near beautiful Newport, RI. The University offers award-winning dining, extensive housing accommodations, state-of-the-art meeting and 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 Rhode Island 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 why our coastal venue in Kingston, RI has a reputation to impress!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 7657 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 920
  • Largest Theatre Style: 7657
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 920
  • Largest Arena Seating: 7,657
  • Largest Seated Reception: 300
  • Largest Standing Reception: 500
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Edwards Auditorium
Chafee 271
  • 500 Classroom Style
Beaupre 100
  • 243 Classroom Style
Swan Auditorium
  • 231 Classroom Style
Pastore 124
  • 198 Classroom Style
Quinn Auditorium
  • 167 Classroom Style
PHMC 170
  • 161 Classroom Style
Kirk Auditorium
  • 155 Classroom Style
White Auditorium
  • 154 Classroom Style
East Auditorium
  • 150 Classroom Style
Chafee 277
  • 122 Classroom Style
Memorial Union Ballroom
  • 300 Banquet Style
  • 360 Classroom Style
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.

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

Food & Beverage Options

URI Dining
URI's award winning dining program provides your group with options everyone can enjoy. 
Mainfare Dining Hall
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.
  • Seating Capacity: 600
Butterfield Dining Hall
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.
  • Seating Capacity: 560

Catering options

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.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 5000
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Dry Cleaning Services
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Barlow Hall
  • 334 Beds
Bressler Hall
  • 275 Beds
Browning Hall
  • 399 Beds
  • 241 Beds
Coddington Hall
  • 258 Beds
Dorr Hall
  • 213 Beds
Eddy Hall
  • 311 Beds
Ellery Hall
  • 157 Beds
Fayerweather Hall
  • 357 Beds
Garrahy Hall
  • 239 Beds
Gorham Hall
  • 358 Beds
Heathman Hall
  • 403 Beds
Hillside Hall
  • 621 Beds
Hopkins Hall
  • 159 Beds
Hutchinson Hall
  • 118 Beds
Merrow Hall
  • 130 Beds
Peck Hall
  • 114 Beds
Tucker Hall
  • 128 Beds
Weldin Hall
  • 334 Beds
Wiley Hall
  • 276 Beds
Brookside Residence Hall
  • 500 Beds

Featured Amenities

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

Venue Location + Transportation


URI Conference Office,
10 Tootell Road, Suite#1,
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881-1124


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • T. F. Green - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Boston Logan International Airport - 90 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Newport -16|Boston -80|New York City -160|Providence – 30

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


All URI classrooms offer modern amenities to meet all your technology needs. Campus-wide WIFI is available for all groups on campus.

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

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes


URI Conferences and Special Programs
Collaborating with URI Conferences and Special Programs allows 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
  • Menu selection 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.)


Hybrid solutions complete with Webex and Zoom licenses to accomodate any event. All URI classrooms have at least one active ethernet port for use with the internet. The classrooms also feature technology stations with HDMI and video projection equipment. Free Campus-wide Wi-Fi is also available to the groups on campus, a password will be given to the group to enable access.