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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


As an event venue, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana offers a world-class university-level conference center and coordination services with first-rate lodging, meeting, and dining space available throughout the year. All of the event venues at Purdue University are situated in the comfortable, convenient and diverse community of West Lafayette. Purdue University is centrally located in the middle of both the state and the Midwest region, making it an ideal spot for any business or social event in the region.

Purdue University has several options available for banquets, meetings, and social events with Purdue Memorial Union containing meeting spaces and banquet facilities ranging in sizes between 200 and 7,200 square feet. This grants those planning an event the flexibility to choose a space that best fits their needs in terms of ambience and capacity. If you are looking for a venue to host a religious, association or fraternal gathering, consider Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 6500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 1000
  • Largest Theatre Style: 6000
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 6000
  • Largest Arena Seating: Varies
Stewart Center
Stewart Center is a dedicated meeting center for groups of 10 to 500 in its 23 versatile meeting rooms. To view the meeting rooms and configurations at Stewart Center, visit: https://www.purdue.edu/conferences/event-venues/on-campus/stewart-center.php
    Purdue Memorial Union
    Contains 17 different meeting spaces, elegant banquet facilities, exhibition hall, and a variety of restaurants and recreational activities. Go to: https://www.purdue.edu/conferences/event-venues/on-campus/purdue-memorial-union.php
      Elliott Hall of Music
      * One of the largest proscenium theatres in the United States * Seats 6,005 on three levels * Two dressing rooms with private baths, plus multiple additional dressing rooms * Perfect for grand musical events, international speaking guests, and large theatrical productions
      • 6,005 Theatre Style
      Loeb Playhouse
      * Located in Stewart Center * Seats 1,011 spanning two levels * Well suited for chamber orchestras, jazz ensembles, string quartets, choral groups, and theatrical performances * Two dressing rooms with private baths and two large chorus dressing rooms
      • 1,011 Theatre Style
      Fowler Hall
      * Seats 388 auditorium-style, on one level * Located in Stewart Center * Ideal for lectures, convention presentations, dance recitals, and film showings * Features surround sound * Equipped with two dressing rooms with private baths.
      • 388 Theatre Style
      Slayter Center
      * An outdoor amphitheatre and Purdue landmark * Seats 20,000 on a gently sloping hillside * Fun for twilight concerts, lawn movies, and outdoor dances
        Serving more than 41,000 students annually, Purdue's classrooms offer a wide variety of seating configurations for groups of 10 to 475 people. Most classrooms are equipped with modern technology, including LCD projectors, and public address systems.
          Ross Ade Stadium Pavilion
          * Buchanan Club * Buchanan Mingling * Shively Club * Shively Media
            Dauch Alumni Center
            * Prusiecki Banquet Room * Spurgeon Hall of Spirit * Dauch Conference Room
              Elliott Hall of Music Stage
              World-class production services make the Elliott Hall of Music a great place to host banquets. Nothing is more unique than enjoying a gourmet meal while bathed in stage lighting, surrounded by custom sets, or simply enjoying live music.
                Black Cultural Center
                * Formal lounge * Art gallery * Multipurpose room * Library Visit: http://www.purdue.edu/bcc/
                  Academy Park
                  A cozy setting behind the Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center, Academy Park is fun for outdoor music, games, and picnics.
                    Airport Hangar
                    Wide-open spaces abound in this functional airport hangar on the edge of campus.
                      Centrally located on campus, with over 40,000 square feet of space, the armory is a great location for displays, tournaments, and dances.
                        Golf Pavilion
                        In the Birck Boilermaker Complex, the golf pavilion is a great getaway for your event.
                          Turfgrass Research Center
                          Easily accessible, with its own parking lot, the Turfgrass Research Center can accommodate groups up to 60 people.
                            Wright Forestry Center
                            Nestled in a wooded setting, this venue is perfect for retreats.

                              Food & Beverage Options

                              North Ballroom
                              Gothic wood paneling and stained glass windows, stage, sound and lighting system, and grand piano.
                              • Seating Capacity: 400 Rooms
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                              South Ballroom
                              Prestigious wood and stained glass windows accent this beautiful catering venue.
                              • Seating Capacity: 440 Rooms
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                              East Faculty Lounge
                              Tall windows and antique lighting posture this venue. Can be combined with the West Faculty Lounge.
                              • Seating Capacity: 72 Rooms
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                              West Faculty Lounge
                              Tall windows and antique lighting posture this venue. Can be combined with the East Faculty Lounge.
                              • Seating Capacity: 120 Rooms
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                              Anniversary Drawing Room
                              Renovation completed in 2007, a cozy spot for receptions and dinners close to the Union Club Hotel.
                              • Seating Capacity: 48 Rooms
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                              Ford Dining Court
                              The largest dining court on campus, featuring a brick pizza oven and Asian wok station.
                              • Seating Capacity: 800 Rooms
                              Earhart Dining Court
                              Featuring a variety of food stations with Mongolian barbeque and pasta bar specialties.
                              • Seating Capacity: 400 Rooms
                              Windsor Dining Court
                              Featuring a variety of food stations speacializing in sizzling salads, vegetarian, and international specialties.
                              • Seating Capacity: 300 Rooms
                              Wiley Dining Court
                              A more modern setting with a specialty for Brazilian barbeque!
                              • Seating Capacity: 400 Rooms
                              Ross Ade Stadium Pavilion
                              Overlooking the Boilermaker football stadium, the pavilion features several levels available for meals and special events.
                              • Seating Capacity: 400 Rooms

                              Catering options

                              Purdue Memorial Union Catering & Events
                              Serving most of campus, two staff chefs serve up breaks to receptions. Alcohol service available.
                              University Residences Dining Services
                              Featuring a wide array of affordable options, located all across campus.
                              Menus: https://dining.purdue.edu/menus/
                                Hospitality Tourism Management Catering
                                Drawing from the resources of a top-ranking educational program, students pull out all of the stops for catered affairs across campus.


                                  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 7500
                                  The Union Club Hotel
                                  A unique blend of classic and modern elegance, the Union Club Hotel offers the service and accommodations you would expect of a world-class university such as Purdue.
                                  • 192 Rooms
                                  University Residence Halls
                                  A great option for conferences of all ages and sizes, University Residences can house up to 8,000 people
                                  • 8,000 Beds

                                  Featured Amenities

                                  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
                                  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
                                  • Handicap Accessible
                                  • Near Public Transit
                                  • Overnight Rooms
                                  • Paid Parking
                                  • Running Trails
                                  • Taxi
                                  • Theater Seating
                                  • WiFi

                                  Venue Location + Transportation


                                  Stewart Center Room 116,
                                  128 Memorial Mall,
                                  West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2034


                                  • BusBus
                                  • LyftLyft
                                  • TaxiTaxi
                                  • UberUber

                                  Nearby Airport

                                  • Purdue University Airport - 15 minutes

                                  Nearby International Airport

                                  • Indianapolis International Airport - 60 minutes


                                  • Onsite Parking: Yes

                                  Nearby Cities

                                  Indianapolis – 65|Chicago – 125|Cincinnati – 170

                                  Things to Know


                                  • External Catering Allowed: Yes


                                  Purdue University in West Lafayette offers state-of-the-art technology including wireless and high speed internet, on-site audio/visual services, videoconferencing, satellite uplink/downlink.

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

                                  Venue Policies

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


                                  “The behind-the-scenes coordination and support are invaluable in making everything run so smoothly during the sessions. I appreciate working with you each year because you pay close attention to the details and can rely on the past experiences with this group to have a great feel for what they want. I appreciate your contribution to the success of the program.”
                                  Freddie Barnard / Administrator, Midwest Agricultural Banking School
                                  “Congratulations on an exceptional NACTA Conference! You put our very best foot forward, and I am very confident the attendees left campus impressed with what we are trying to do here and the hospitality you extended.”
                                  Jay Akridge / Purdue Executive Vice President & Provost


                                  Purdue Conferences
                                  Purdue University provides the service you need to help you make your meeting a success! With a staff of ten professional event planners, including Certified Meeting Professionals, Purdue Conferences is a one-stop shop for all of your event needs.
                                  Services provided include:
                                  • Online pre-event registration for participants
                                  • Conference registration management and name badges
                                  • On-site check-in and registration
                                  • Step-by-step planning sessions
                                  • Marketing and media solutions
                                  • On-site event coordination
                                  • Budget development and bill-paying
                                  • Storage and distribution of exhibits and documents
                                  • Community resources and recreational activities
                                  Hall of Music Productions
                                  Hall of Music Productions offers a full range of video, multimedia, audio, lighting, staging, and effects services to meet your event needs. Professional theatrical carpenters and lighting, audio, and video technicians State-of-the-art equipment Design services to bring all of these elements together into one successful event.


                                  Audio Visual Services
                                  As a top-ranking university technology program, Purdue has plenty of in-house options for your event! Most meeting spaces are equipped with LCD projectors, instructor computer terminals, microphones, as well as other common meeting equipment.
                                  Hall of Music Productions
                                  Offering video, multimedia, audio, lighting, staging, and effects services to meet your event needs.
                                  Instructional Computing Labs
                                  * Professional theatrical carpenters and lighting, audio, and video technicians
                                  * State-of-the-art equipment
                                  * Design services to bring all of these elements together into one successful event
                                  Over 2300 computers are available at over 60 labs.