University of Maine

University of Maine

Event Types Welcomed

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


The University of Maine, located in beautiful Orono, Maine, is the perfect setting for your next conference event. The special event venue offers attractive conference and meeting spaces and a variety of classrooms across campus.

For more than 30 years the different venues at The University of Maine has played host to all types of events which include:

  • continuing education programs
  • business conferences
  • team-building workshops
  • symposia
  • corporate training
  • holiday parties
  • staff retreats
  • summer camps
  • adult and youth retreats

We hope you will choose the University of Maine for your next private event. We offer a unique and affordable venue experience which is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Bangor International Airport. Our commitment to customer service is our number one priority at the University of Maine. We provide a wide range of services to help you plan your conference, corporate event or continuing education program. Our experienced and friendly staff is available to work with you to ensure a seamless and successful experience for you, your colleagues and your event’s participants.

Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular Orono, Maine campus. 

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 300
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1600
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
A picture of the exterior of Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.
Wells Conference Center
Wells Conference Center is a versatile conference facility with on-site catering and three separate event rooms (the two largest can be combined into one) as well as a bright atrium. With nearly 10,000 square feet of conference space.
  • 410 Banquet Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
Wells Conference Center - Room One
The Center offers complimentary wireless internet and standard audio-visual equipment.
  • 250 Banquet Style
  • 300 Theatre Style
Wells Conference Center Room Two
Wells is ideal for medium-scale meetings, banquets, exhibits, and presentations.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 120 Theatre Style
Wells Conference Center Room Three
Wells Conference Center is a spacious, all-in-one conference facility.
  • 60 Banquet Style
  • 80 Theatre Style
Buchanan Alumni House - McIntire Room
McIntire Room is a large private space that can accommodate up to 200 in a reception, 150 theatre-style and 120 in a banquet. The McIntire Room has a ceiling-mounted LCD projector, screen and audio. It has an attached kitchen with an adjoining serving counter.
  • 120 Banquet Style
  • 150 Theatre Style
Buchanan Alumni House - Leadership Hall
Leadership Hall is an open area ideal for either a reception or small banquet.
Buchanan Alumni House Webber Conference Room
A private board room for 8 people.
Buchanan Alumni House Allain Library
A board room for 8-10 people, or for a theatre-style presentation for up to 25.
Collins Center for the Arts Hutchins Concert Hall
A beautiful space with 1,435 seats and is used for performances, conferences and graduations.
Collins Center for the Arts Conference Room
A private boardroom that seats 16.
Collins Center for the Arts Bodwell Area
Located on the third floor and is used for small, private receptions.  
Alfond Arena
One of the finest all-purpose facilities in the Northeast, the Harold Alfond Sports Arena has served the University community since 1977. The complex is a modern facility with virtually no obstructed-view seats. Alfond Arena’s seating capacity includes 4,925 fixed seats and space for 1,800 seats on the arena floor.  In addition to being the home of the Black Bears ice hockey teams, the venue is also ideal for: Expo Shows, Banquets, Graduation Ceremonies. 
Additional Spaces
The University of Maine offers various tiered-seating auditoriums and smaller-scale performance spaces with or without technical features. UMaine also has many classroom, meeting and workshop spaces for small to large groups.

Food & Beverage Options

Catering options

UMaine Catering
The University of Maine offers several dining options for conference attendees and campus guests. Our menu selection includes all-you-can-eat buffet meals at our dining halls, catered events or meal tickets for your group to use at the Bear’s Den. Both Dining Services and UMaine Catering emphasize locally-sourced foods.

From elegant affairs to outdoor picnics, our staff will create a menu that best fits your palate and budget. For a true Maine experience, we recommend a lobster bake and blueberry pie! 


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1500
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1,500
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Complimentary
On Campus Housing
During the summer months, Events & Hospitality coordinates housing in resident halls for conference attendees, summer camps and campus guests. On-campus housing provides a cost-effective alternative for groups who are looking for affordable accommodations. Housing options include more than 3,400 beds in traditional undergraduate residence halls, and/or 400 beds in suite-style halls with full kitchens, living rooms and private bathrooms. Single occupancy or double occupancy rooms are available. There are laundry facilities and vending machines in each residence hall, with lounges and television rooms for informal networking. All rooms include complimentary wireless internet and parking. Our resident halls are clean, accessible and affordable.
  • 3800 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Complimentary
Off Campus Housing
For groups who prefer off-campus lodging, Events & Hospitality can help you find housing at local hotels at the most competitive rates.

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Near Public Transit
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


Events & Hospitality,
Chadbourne Hall, 5713,
Orono, Maine 04469-5713


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Bangor International - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Bangor International - 20 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Bangor – 10 miles
Augusta – 60 miles
Portland – 100 miles

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
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


The University of Maine offers internet connectivity available in all rooms, interactive teleconferencing and videoconferencing available in selected rooms, numerous computer labs.

  • 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
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No


Events & Hospitality's level of care with detail ensured our event was a success.  Knowing that they had my back made event planning and execution a walk in the park, and I look forward to working with them again.

Josh Plourde
Communications Manager, IT Coordinator, University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Thank you for all of your help.  You did an outstanding job.  Looking forward to working with you next year.

Chad Reynolds
Desitnation Imagination
This conference was recruitment gold!

Daniel Bilodeau
University of Maine Associate Professor of Theatre
Everything was amazing.  The girls got so much out of the entire experience.  Many thanks for all of your hard work to make this happen!!

Mary Gamble
Mountain Valley High School Library/Media Specialist
Everything went off without a hitch! The day was a success, due in no small part to your help and persistence.  Thank you so much!

Michael Kennedy
UMaine Foster Center JA Titan Challenge
The day went well - box lunches were quite good, and all arrived on time.  We were in the room before 7:00am and it was set just as we would have done ourselves! Thanks so much for your help in making it happen.

Jim Moulton
Apple Education
I really appreciate all the work you put into the Arctic Council SDWG.  It was a huge success and many complimented us that the venue created a great atmosphere.

Marilynne Bonner
Contract Management Analyst, Department of State, Washington, DC


One Stop Shop
Our experienced and friendly staff are available to help you plan your event from beginning to end. We focus on the details that create a seamless and successful conference experience for your group. Conferences and Institutes is a one-stop shop, which means that we will facilitate communications with campus units and external vendors and we will coordinate the logistics for your event. Upon the conclusion of your event, we will provide you with one convenient invoice*.
Signage and Printing
Online and Onsite Registrations
Budget Planning