As this is the height of football season today, we'll focus on college football venues with facilities for corporate events. (We'll feature NFL and AFL venues in a future blog.)
Taking in a game from premium seats (e.g. lounges, club seats, and luxury suites) is possible if some season ticket holders aren't attending. On non-game days, facilities can be rented for weddings, business meetings, corporate, and special events.
Home of the Fighting Illini, Memorial Stadium has a total capacity of 60,670 including 42 luxury suites with 400 square feet of plush space.
The 5,000-square-foot 77 Club has lounges, theater-style seats, and enhanced restrooms. A gourmet buffet is served during games.
The Colonnades Club offers 15,000 sq. ft. of event space, indoor premium seating, and 1,100 outdoor premium club seats. Illinois Suite has a capacity of 50 for dining and 100 for receptions.
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With a capacity of 109,901, the home of the Michigan Wolverines has 3,200 club seats and 83 suites. The Jack Roth Stadium has 250 seats on each of 2 premium levels. The Michigan Stadium Press Box has seating for 238 people.Overlooking the field at the 50 yard line, Regents Guest Area has a capacity of 189. Smaller groups can select from the Athletic Director's Suite with a capacity of 42 and individual suites that can accommodate up to 24 guests.
Every year, at the end of the season, audiences around the world enjoy the color and excitement of the Rose Bowl when the top 2 teams from Big 10 universities face each other. When you want to pull out all the stops, opt for the ultimate university football game venue.
From dinners on the field to receptions in the press box or galas in the Court of Champions Courtyard, events at The Rose Bowl Stadium are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Premium seating includes suites, loge boxes and club seats.
Photo Credits: University of Illinois, Rose Bowl Stadium
For more information about football events, consult Tailgate Parties for Corporate Events and Event Lessons from a Football Weekend at Notre Dame. Consult Back to School: Best Kept Secret for Corporate Event Venues and Meeting on a College Campus? for information about meetings and events on campus.