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The Ohio State University

Event Types Welcomed

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

About

The Ohio State University and our premier facilities are centrally located in Columbus, Ohio is the perfect place to host your next conference, corporate/board meeting, holiday celebration, summer conference and camps, banquet, gala/fundraiser and other special events. The Ohio Union is the largest event venue on campus that has 34 dynamic spaces and sure to impress, and our professional event services will make your event one to remember. The flexible event spaces can be set up in banquet, theater and classroom style to best suit your event, and the campus is conveniently located near a variety of restaurants, hotels, and local entertainment.

The Ohio State University’s Office of Summer Conference Housing welcomes the opportunity to host your next summer conference or camp. We successfully host many summer conferences in the Ohio Union, for example, with summer conference housing available in our residence halls and dining facilities during the months of May, June and July. During the academic year, we have hotel accommodations available nearby.

Each summer season, Summer Conference Housing coordinates the residence hall housing, meeting space and traditional dining experiences of nearly 25,000 guests spread throughout over 125 unique events. No matter the size subject matter or scope we take pride in providing our guests with the finest Buckeye experience possible!

View some more of the features below to see why The Ohio State University should be your Columbus event venue for everything from corporate meetings to weddings and more!

Our coordination services include:

  • Providing a pre-consultation meeting to organize and refine your housing, residence hall meeting space and traditional dining needs
  • Arranging for the delivery of University Services including housing, traditional dining, residence hall facility meeting room needs and more
  • Providing office services, technology and support
  • Following up and physically checking on arrangements prior to guests’ arrival, to ensure that all arrangements are delivered as expected and requested
  • Providing a comprehensive final invoice for all requested services
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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 3500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 750
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1500
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1500
  • Largest Seated Reception: 850
  • Largest Standing Reception: 1500
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom
Named for two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, the grand ballroom is the largest room in the Ohio Union and one of the largest ballrooms in Central Ohio. With its three beautiful chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows, this is the ideal space for large conferences, gatherings and special events. The space can also be divided into the East and West ballrooms, and includes pre-function spaces ideal for registration or buffet tables. No matter what type of event you're hosting the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom is the perfect space to accommodate every event need.
  • 17, 539 Sq. Ft.
  • 980 Banquet Style
  • 780 Classroom Style
  • 1700 Theatre Style
Performance Hall and Potter Plaza
Known for the beautiful high ceilings, colorful chandeliers and large built-in stage, the Performance Hall is the second largest space in the Ohio Union. Often used for plenary sessions, banquets, and galas, it’s a great fit for an array of events.

Looking for a room with a unique feature? The east wall of the Performance Hall opens up to Potter Plaza, an outdoor area perfect for cocktail receptions or smaller gatherings.

  • 5,186 Sq. Ft.
  • 300 Banquet Style
  • 270 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
Great Hall Meeting Room
Located on the first floor of the Ohio Union, the Great Hall Meeting Room is the most versatile room in the building. With the ability to divide the room into two medium or three smaller rooms, this space is ideal for receptions, breakout meetings and lectures.
  • 5,070 Sq. Ft.
  • 330 Banquet Style
  • 288 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
Cartoon Room
Featuring artwork from Ohio State Alumni and local Ohio artists, the Cartoon Room offers a uniquely creative atmosphere. This room is a versatile meeting room that can function as one large meeting space or be split into two smaller sections.
  • 2,900 Sq. Ft.
  • 190 Banquet Style
  • 144 Classroom Style
  • 330 Theatre Style
US Bank Conference Theater
This state-of-the-art theater features a built-in stage, tech booth and green room and is a great private space for showing films or hosting seminars, performances and larger meetings. Each seat includes a wooden pull-out desk and a laptop outlet.
  • 2,508 Sq. Ft.
  • 293 Theatre Style

Food & Beverage Options

Traditional Dining Services (All-You-Care-To-Eat Options)
These traditional dining venues provide the full range of great-tasting, wholesome, comfort food you crave, with a touch of buckeye inspiration to nourish the minds of tomorrow. Plus, our Solutions station is exclusively dedicated to guests with vegetarian/vegan preferences and gluten-free or other dietary restrictions. There are three locations convenient to each residential area of campus. Kennedy Traditions on South Campus Scott Traditions on North Campus Morrill Traditions on West Campus
  • Seating Capacity: Varies by Location; 350-1,000 Seating Range Rooms
Espress-OH
Warm-up with a specialty coffee or cool down with a scoop of homemade gelato in the Ohio Union coffee shop, Espress-OH. Conveniently located near the bus stop, stop by Espress-OH for a tasty treat and remember to check for special seasonal coffee creations throughout the year.
    Union Market
    The heart of OSU resides here. Located in the Ohio Union, the Union Market offers classic favorites at the Fired Up! grill, fresh salads at Across the Field, international fare at Buckeye Passports and fresh deli sandwiches and wraps at Dough-HIO. Cuisine includes Deli-Style Sandwiches, Entrees/Pastas/Wraps, Ice Cream, Pizza, Salad, Salad Bar, Soup, Specialty Coffees, Subs, Sushi, Yogurt/Fruit, Bagels/Muffins/Pastries
      Sloopy's Diner
      Experience a blast from the past in Sloopy's Diner at the Ohio Union! Catch all your breakfast favorites, diner-style classics and sandwiches named for student leaders and alumni at almost any hour of the day in this 1950's-inspired diner. Cuisine includes Breakfast Entrees, Breakfast Sandwiches, Deli-Style Sandwiches, Entrees/Pastas/Wraps, Salad, Soup, Yogurt/Fruit, Bagels/Muffins/Pastries
        Woody's Tavern
        In honor of our legendary Coach, Woody's Tavern, located in the Ohio Union, showcases pizza, Ohio's finest beer and wine, popcorn and good old-fashioned root beer. If the six foot high pizza oven alone doesn't make it the campus hot spot, its DJ booth and timeless charm of a brasserie will! 

          Catering options

          University Catering
          University Catering is the exclusive caterer for the Ohio Union. Our talented food and beverage team is eager to enhance your meeting or special event with culinary creations guaranteed to delight your guests! Whether your event calls for a casual lunch buffet, outdoor cocktail reception, or elegant plated dinner, University Catering will prepare a menu that, paired with our innovative event spaces and dedicated staff, will make your event a surefire success. http://universitycatering.osu.edu/

            Accommodations

            • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 3500

            Featured Amenities

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

            Venue Location + Transportation

            Address

             
            Conferences, Meetings and Events,
            1739 N. High Street,
            Columbus, Ohio 43210

            Transportation

            • BusBus
            • LyftLyft
            • MetroMetro
            • TaxiTaxi
            • UberUber

            Nearby Airport

            • John Glenn Columbus International Airport - 12 minutes

            Nearby International Airport

            • John Glenn Columbus International Airport - 12 minutes

            Parking

            • Onsite Parking: Yes
            • Car Charging Stations: Yes

            Things to Know

            Catering

            • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
            • External Catering Allowed: No
            • Can Bring in Own Food: no
            • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
            • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes

            Technology

            The Ohio Union offers many special event accommodations including built-in audio visual equipment and free wireless internet. Staging, dance floors, and specialty lighting are available upon request to enhance your event.

            With over 90 LCD screens throughout the building and built-in audio visual equipment, such as LCD projectors and screens in almost every room, the Union is able to accommodate many technology needs. Several spaces boast AV Booths and specialty lighting.

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

            Venue Policies

            • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
            • Smoking Permitted: no
            • Eco Friendly: Yes
            • ADA Accessible: Yes
            • Family Friendly: Yes
            • Pet Friendly: Yes

            Testimonals

            I want to thank you for all of your efforts in supporting our event last week. You were tremendous; you clearly have an exceptional talent in meeting planning and creativity and problem solving! Our members loved the facilities at the Ohio Union. They are beautiful and comfortable, and it was great for all of us to be in an environment with so many energetic students around. Thank you to you and your team!
            Angel Capital Association
            We had a lot of positive comments on the food and Ohio Union& catering this year from our attendees! They were happy with the variety of foods on the breakfast buffet, and the healthy food options available. We have a lot of vegetarians, vegans and health-conscious attendees and they were very pleased with the choices. Plus- we greatly appreciated the catering team's flexibility with tweaking some of the pre-set menu options;
            American Horticultural Society- National Conference
            I want to thank the staff at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University for a beautiful reception. The organization, efficiency, service, friendliness and attention to the guests from servers, bartenders and the rest of the staff was flawless. The food was absolutely delicious and elegantly presented. All of our guests were talking about the fabulous hors d'oeuvres and dinners. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making the reception an Ohio State memory of a lifetime for all of us. You are the greatest.
            Mother of the Bride for Wedding Reception
            Everything went very smoothly at the renewable energy event. I received a lot of wonderful feedback from those in attendance about the facility, the layout, and they literally raved about the food. I appreciate the Sales and Event team, the catering team, the AV team, the guys who helped us haul our stuff in and out of the building, EVERYONE for their assistance in making the seminar such a smooth and seamless process for us. I was just discussing with the rest of the team this week their thoughts and everyone really enjoyed being at the Ohio Union.
            Corporate Client for first time “Green” Event
            Dear Ohio Union AV Department, I just want to let you know, your AV team was so helpful to me today. They…rushed around to help me; Had an “I’ll do anything I can” attitude; Problem solved when out-of-the-box thinking was critical and even made a cardboard box to help me! They did not just say, ”Sorry, I can’t help” I am so thankful to them. My presentation at the Ohio Union went so well, and its all thanks to them
            OSU Student Customer

            Technology

            Audio-Visual and Equipment
            Audio-Visual and Equipment
            The Ohio Union offers a variety of audio-visual and technological accommodations to enhance our clients’ events. Capabilities include:

            Complimentary wireless internet
            Built-in audio-visual equipment
            LCD projectors and screens
            Staging, dance floors and podiums
            Specialty lighting
            Green rooms
            Additional equipment and service are available on request.
            Our event services staff will advise you on equipment, set-up and pricing to ensure your event is a success.