University Of North Carolina At Wilmington: Banquet Halls & Conference Centers In Wilmington - Unique Venues
University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Event Types Welcomed

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

Unique Venue Feature

American History: 
For those interested in learning about Wilmington's past, there are several historic sites to visit within the city including the USS North Carolina Battleship, which fought in World War II.  There are several battlefields, parks and other historic sites within a short driving distance of UNCW and Wilmington.    In 2020, Wilmington, NC was named the first World War II heritage city in the United States.  

Hollywood East:
Several popular movies and television shows have been filmed in Wilmington, including Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Safe Haven, The Choice, and A Walk to Remember.  Many film locations are in and around the city to go visit.  Wilmington is still an active film location.

Venus FlyTraps:
Venus flytraps, carnivorus plants, are native to the Carolinas.  The Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden is the only public carnivorous plant garden in the world to see native flytraps, pitcher plants and sundews.  The Bluethenthal Wildlife Preserve located on UNCW's campus, is a great spot for flytraps as well.

Coastal Adventures:
From enjoying a sunset dinner to paddleboarding on the Intracoastal to fishing on one of the piers to fireworks on the beach, there is an adventure to be found on the coast.  Within a short drive from three beaches-Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach-there is something for everyone!


About

University of North Carolina Wilmington’s (UNCW) picturesque campus is the perfect location to host your next summer camp, corporate retreat, reception, event, community walk, business meeting or conference.

UNCW’s fully capable campus can provide facilities, audio visual, catering, on-site parking, and exceptional service for your next event any time of year. From mid-May through July, UNCW offers overnight accommodations within our residence halls.

Within minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and the historic downtown riverfront, Wilmington offers your participants a wide variety of activities to enjoy during their time in the city. With moderate temperatures year-round, it’s always a good time to visit.  Check out our blog to see what Wilmington can offer your event participants!

For more information about how UNCW can assist you in planning your next event, please contact Conferences, Events & Reservations at 910.962.4150 or [email protected]

We hope to see you soon in beautiful Wilmington, NC! 

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 5000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 300
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1000
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1000
  • Largest Arena Seating: 5000
  • Largest Seated Reception: 500
  • Largest Standing Reception: 1200
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Burney Center
The Burney Center is UNCW's premiere location on campus.  It features a 9,300 square feet ballroom, with five different configurations available.   State of the art digital audio and video systems in the Burney Center ballroom provide a visually stunning experience for our guests with five high-definition laser projectors and an incredibly versatile audio-over-IP network dedicated to exceptional sound quality and support.  In addition, a large lobby area can serve as a pre-function space and two green rooms are available.  
  • 500 Banquet Style
  • 300 Classroom Style
  • 950 Theatre Style
  • Available based on event attendance Conference Style
  • Available based on event attendance Hollow Square Space Style
Trask Coliseum
Trask Colisuem is a multi purpose arena that can seat up to 5,200  guests with chairback seating on both the lower and upper levels. Bleacher seating is available on the lower level.
  • 5200 Theatre Style
Classrooms
Our classroom availability can accomodate up to (300) guests and feature smart room technologies.  
    Meeting & Conference Rooms
    Our meeting and conference rooms located throughout campus provide guests an intimate atmosphere for any meeting or program.  Our meeting spaces have smart room technologies and have the ability to support video conferencing.  
      Kenan Auditorium
      The 1,000-seat Sarah Graham Kenan Auditorium is the largest performing arts venue on the UNCW campus. It is home to over (170) events per year, including performances by esteemed community partners, as well as a wide range of internationally- acclaimed performers.  

      • 1000 Theatre Style
      Lumina Theater
      Lumina Theater is a versatile space that can accomodate high quality film experiences as well as lectures, panel discussions and concerts.  Home to a 4k digital projection system, it provides a a full-range cinema sound system complete with Dolby Digital surround sound, and a dual line-array speaker system for live events.
      • 333 Theatre Style

      Food & Beverage Options

      Event Catering
      UNCW Catering is ready to design custom-inspired menus for your event and can work with any special dietary restrictions or needs.  For more information about UNCW Catering as well as menus, please click here.  
        All-You-Care-To Eat
        Wagoner Hall is UNCW's main dining hall on campus and offers an all-you-care-to-eat option. Wagoner Hall is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends.  Breakfast is served 7am-9am; Lunch/Brunch is served 11am-2pm; Dinner is served 5pm-7pm.
          Other Campus Dining Locations
          UNCW offers several dining locations throughout campus, including Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and Panda Express.

            Catering options

            Accommodations

            • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 3500
            Apartment Style Housing
            Our 2 to 6 person apartments, feature a full kitchen, living room, single bedrooms with a full size bed, and washer/dryer in each unit.  Each apartment complex has an in ground pool and outdoor area for guests to enjoy.

            Our apartment style housing locations have included: Apartment style housing is only available for adult groups.
              Suite Style Housing
              Our (8) person suites features (4) bedrooms, (2) study areas, and (1) shared bathroom.  A communal kitchen, laundry room, and common room can be found in each building.  

              Our suite style housing locations have included:
                Traditional Housing
                Our traditional residence halls offer single or double occupancy rooms with (2) communal bathrooms per floor.  Also, a communal kitchen, laundry room, and common room can be found in each building.

                Our traditional style housing locations have included:
                  Summer Intern Housing
                  Intern housing is available for students over the age of 18, from mid-May through July who are in the Wilmington area for summer internships or employment opportunities.

                  Summer interns will be housed in campus apartments where each apartment is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, individual bedrooms with full size beds, and washer/dryer in each unit. Each apartment complex has an in ground pool and pool area for guests to enjoy. Also, each complex has it's own main office or front desk that is staffed throughout your stay for any guest needs that may arise. Summer interns will share an apartment with other students.

                  Our summer internship housing locations have included: For more information on Summer Intern Housing and to apply, please click here.  
                    Nearby Hotels
                    From riverfront to oceanfront, Wilmington offers a wide variety of local hotels to choose from while in the city.

                    For a list of other local accomodations in close proximity to UNCW, please click here.  For a full list of Wilmington area hotels, please click here.  

                    We strongly encourage you to to inquire with each hotel to see if they offer an UNCW guest rate.

                      Featured Amenities

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

                      Venue Location + Transportation

                      Address

                       
                      Campus Life: Conferences, Events, & Reservations,
                      601 S College Rd,
                      Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5621

                      Transportation

                      • BusBus
                      • LyftLyft
                      • TaxiTaxi
                      • UberUber

                      Nearby Airport

                      • Wilmington International Airport - 10 minutes

                      Nearby International Airport

                      • Wilmington International Airport - 10 minutes

                      Parking

                      • Onsite Parking: Yes
                      • Car Charging Stations: Yes

                      Nearby Cities

                      Myrtle Beach, SC-75 miles |
                      Raleigh, NC – 125 miles |
                      Durham, NC- 152 miles |
                      Chapel Hill, NC-160 miles |
                      Charleston, SC-178 miles |
                      Charlotte, NC – 205 miles

                      Things to Know

                      Catering

                      • 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

                      Technology

                      UNCW’s facilities are outfitted with state of the art technology. From banquets in our ballrooms to small sessions in our classrooms, our team can assist you in finding the best av needs for your programs.

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

                      Testimonals

                      Services

                      Linen Package
                      For guests who do not pack them or may have forgotten items, we can provide a bed and bath linen package.  Our linen package includes a pillow, pillow case, blanket, and (2) sheets, (1) bath towel, and (1) wash cloth.  Guests may keep these items after their stay.
                      Ropes Course
                      The Challenge Course provides exciting and challenging experiential learning opportunities to help groups focus on leadership skills, team building, and positive, effective group processes.
                      Fitness Center
                      Guest passes are available during your stay with us to our Fitness Center.  The Harris Teeter Functional Training Area provides a space for you to utilize various pieces of fitness equipment to get a total body workout.
                      Greene Track
                      The Greene Track Complex is an Olympic-class track facility with an (8) lane (400) meter track.  When not in use for events, the track is available to UNCW guests to enjoy.
                      Gary Shell Cross City Trail
                      The Cross-City Trail is a (15) mile off-road trail that travels throughout the city. The trail provides bicycle and pedestrian access to numerous recreational, cultural and educational destinations in Wilmington.  Guests can pick up the trail right on campus as part of it runs through UNCW.
                      Guest Wi-Fi
                      Wi-fi is available on campus to all UNCW guests to enjoy throughout their visit.
                      Ann Flack Boseman Gallery
                      Featuring student , local, and regional artist work, the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery in the Fisher University Union offers a unique collection that features a variety of media from photography to sculpture on display year-round.

                      Technology

                      Video Conferencing
                      Equipped with the latest video conferencing equipment from Logitech, our meeting rooms and classrooms are suited to provide our guests with high-quality hybrid event experiences that promote interaction and collaboration between local and remote participants.
                      Smart Room Technology
                      All of our meeting rooms are equipped with a user-friendly, touch screen controlled audio and video systems that support wireless connections from most personal devices.
                      Digital Audio & Video Systems
                      State of the art digital audio and video systems in the Burney Center ballroom provide a visually stunning experience for our guests with five high-definition laser projectors and an incredibly versatile audio-over-IP network dedicated to exceptional sound quality and support.
                      Live Performance Support
                      From solo performers to larger bands, we are prepared to provide your audience with exceptional full-range sound and vibrant, attractive lighting.
                      Digital Cinema System with Surround Sound
                      Home to a 4k digital projection system, Lumina Theater provides a a full-range cinema sound system complete with Dolby Digital surround sound, and a dual line-array speaker system for live events.