The University Of Tennessee In Knoxville, TN - Conference And Event Space | Unique Venues
The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee

Event Types Welcomed

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

Unique Venue Feature

The University of Tennessee is able to host virtual conferences and events, hybrid events and on site events.  Virtual conferences include registration, planning, session management, exhibitor areas, live and pre-taped speakers and more. 

We are located in East Tennessee, less than one hour from the most visited  National Park, Great Smoky Mountains and award winning amusement park Dollywood.


Welcome to the University of Tennessee Conferences and Conference Center, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. A mix of big city amenities, small town charm and hospitality, we offer the ideal space for your next event and we look forward to working with you. With more than 60 years of planning experience, our certified One Stop service assures that you have one contract, one contact, and one bill/invoice, simplifying the process for you. As Tennessee Volunteers, we know what it means to go above and beyond, it’s a principle we follow with each task we undertake.

What we offer:

  • One staff contact
  • One comprehensive contract for entire scope of event
  • Hybrid Events
  • Comprehensive Virtual Events
  • Registration Services
  • AV Services and technology support (on site)
  • Logistics planning
  • Budget consultation and management
  • Staff support and event staffing
  • Campus housing, facilities and meeting space
  • Conference Center adjacent to campus
  • Executive Chef (Conference Center)
  • If you dream it, we can do it!

In addition to our campus facilities, UT’s Conference Center has 15,000 square feet of meeting space with over 13 rooms that can be configured to meet your needs. Located adjacent to campus, the center is amid bustling downtown Knoxville and within walking distance of 12 hotels .

“Wish that I was on ole Rocky Top down in the Tennessee hills”, the words of our state song say it all. If you are looking for a location that is conveniently located in downtown Knoxville with easy airport accessibility, walking opportunities for hotels and restaurants, along with the most visited National Park (Great Smoky Mountains) minutes away, you are looking for the University of Tennessee. Come see us on Rocky Top!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 20000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 500
  • Largest Theatre Style: 22000
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 990
  • Largest Arena Seating: 22,000
  • Largest Seated Reception: 600
  • Largest Standing Reception: 800
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
The Atrium is the main gathering location for groups using the Conference Center and is an ideal place for breaks or networking receptions.  The opportunity to network with social distancing is available.
Our 150-seat auditorium is an outstanding room for a picture-perfect opening session or a professional presentation.
  • 150 Theatre Style
From a classroom setting for 156, to a theater setting for more that 350 or a tasteful banquet for 300, this room gives you the most options for choosing the most suitable seating arrangements for your event.
  • 4300 Sq. Ft.
  • 350 Theatre Style
Executive Conference Room
Our elegantly appointed Executive Conference Rooms provides a formal but comfortable atmosphere for those high-profile meetings and power lunches. High-backed leather chairs and hardwood sideboards evoke a feeling of industry, competence and productivity.
Small Meeting Rooms
With a myriad of small to medium sized meeting rooms to accommodate portions of your function or conference, you have many options available for creative scheduling, multiplying session offerings, and increasing personal interaction.
Computer Training Labs
Two computer labs equipped with state of the art Dell brand computers. Both labs run the latest XP operating systems software. Custom client software can easily be installed on each work station for employee or customer training programs.
Thompson Boling Arena
Thompson Boling Arena can seat up to 21,000. One of the five largest arena on campus in the country, the building comes equipped with a series of large drapery curtains that can be used to make sure the fauclity has a more intimate atmosphere for smaller groups.  Private viewing boxes can be made available for special guests.
UT Student Union
The newly opened Student Union is a 385,000 square foot full service facility.  The building includes a 12,000 square foot ballroom and two 4,500 square foot mini ballrooms. The building also includes are 997 seat auditorium with mulitple smaller breakout rooms.  A food court with several national brand vendors, a game room with lounge for students and retial spaces are also located in the building.
  • 385,000 Sq. Ft.
  • 600 Banquet Style
  • 997 Theatre Style
Dining Room

Food & Beverage Options

Dining Room
The UT Conference Center Dining Room is ideal for most lunches and dinners for groups up to 180 and for groups any larger, the Ballroom must then be used which will seat groups up to 300. Meals of all kinds are available ranging from full table service menus to bountiful buffets can be provided.
  • Seating Capacity: 180


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 6000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 6,000
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Towels
  • WiFi


University of Tennessee Housing
  • 6000 Beds

Featured Amenities

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

Venue Location + Transportation


600 Henley St.,
PO Box 2648,
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • McGhee Tyson Airport - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Nashville International Airport - 180 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Nashville – 175|Atlanta – 175

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


The University of Tennessee offers convenient online registration, campus wide Wi-Fi, computer labs, and complete business services.

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


Projection and Presentation Systems
Project your best image to superhuman size with the Conference Center's selection of video projection systems, which represent the pinnacle in technological achievement for viewing computer generated, high resolution imagery.
Multimedia Technology and Equipment: Audio Systems
All of our major meeting spaces are equipped with audio amplification systems. There are 54 of the finest audio speakers available in the Ballroom, alone. Each audio system will let you fine tune the volume yourself with wall-mounted dials located in the room.
Computer Resources
The UT Conference Center features two state-of-the-art multimedia computer labs. Each Lab is equipped with state of the art Dell brand computers, both labs run the latest XP operating systems software.
Network Connectivity
Each workstation within the labs has direct connection to the Internet.
Portable Computer Service
If you need just one computer instead of a whole lab, we have high-performance rental computers as laptops or on roll around carts, complete with printers and connectivity equipment.