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Consider a Sports Venue

Published: November 02, 2017

*This article originally appeared in Meeting News Northwest as part of the piece Consider a Sports Venue.

By Tim Hansen

Eugene, Oregon

During the late summer and autumn months, collegiate football occupies the attention of sports enthusiasts nationwide. Impressive facilities, such as Autzen Stadium in Eugene, have been built to host the hordes of fans that flock to the games.

While 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon football program, was designed to host large crowds, it also has a variety of meeting and event options for planners. Large groups can take advantage of the entire facility for an event or utilize a portion for a meeting, conference or special activity.

The North Concourse is the ideal space to set up tables for a banquet or reception. With direct access to the playing field, attendees can head out to the gridiron for some outdoor fun and team building. It is easy to imagine the stands full of cheering fans as your group conducts a field goal kicking contest.

Indoor spaces include the East End Zone Terrace, with a capacity of 100 to 125 and views overlooking the field, that is ideal for a conference or seminar. The Club Level offers 10,000 square feet that can accommodate a banquet for 500 or theater seating for 600. The Club Level’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer scenic views across Eugene to Spencer Butte.

Large events can take advantage of the Moshofsky Center adjacent to the stadium. This full-scale indoor practice facility holds up to 6,000 for an event. PK Park, next door to the stadium, is home to the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team. The covered pavilion along the right field line can accommodate 100 for a warm-weather reception or banquet. During baseball season, a group outing to the game can be a fun post-conference activity.

Matthew Knight Arena, located on the university’s main campus, is a state-of-the-art facility. The 12,000-seat arena has earned LEED Gold certification, and it regularly hosts large conferences and concerts in addition to sporting events. Two practice courts are can accommodate several hundred for a reception or banquet.

The lower concourse areas feature open spaces that are suitable for a reception, while the upper-level concourse offers nice views over campus. The Arena floor can be set up with rounds for a banquet or theater-style for a conference. The Founders Club and McArthur Club are elegant spaces that each hold up to 100 guests for a meeting or luncheon.

Both venues offer full-service catering for any type of meal from an intimate luncheon to a banquet for thousands. Both the stadium and the arena feature the latest in audiovisual equipment and offer an abundance of parking.

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