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Consider a Sports Venue

Published: February 04, 2022

Want to get your event out of the convention centers and hotel ballrooms for a change? Consider hosting your next event in a sports venue. From stadiums and arenas to ballparks and basketball courts, we have meeting options for any size event from citywides to board meetings.

Autzen Stadium

While 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon football program, was designed to host large screaming crowds of football fans, 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 event.

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.

Matthew Knight Arena

Matthew Knight Arena Event

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 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.

Other Campus Facilities

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 and the University of Oregon 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 a game can be a fun post-conference activity.

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

Civic Park

Event at Civic Park

From corporate events to tradeshows, Civic Park can provide a unique setting for your event and offers a range of facilities and amenities. Indoor options include the gym with four hardwood multi-purpose courts or the boardroom which overlooks the gym. Outdoor areas include two outdoor courts and a synthetic turf field with a flexible asphalt activity area that's perfect for vendor tents or food trucks. 

Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation

Event at Bob Keefer Center

This 97,000-square-foot center is one of the largest sports and recreation facilities in the northwest. It includes a hardwood floor gym, a multi-purpose floor gym, turf fields, and four meeting spaces available for rental. The Heron Room is 718 square feet with full carpet and advanced sound system and accommodates 49 people. The Ken Long Room is 1,772 square feet with resilient flooring, an advanced sound system and an adjacent warming kitchen. It can host a total of 118 or be split into two separate rooms with a capacity of 49 for the north section and 73 for the south section.

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Consider a sports venue for your next event and let us help you determine the perfect sporting spot. Contact us today!

Author: Eugene, Cascades & Coast