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Scheduling, Events and Conferences

Hosting an Event

The world-class facilities at Christopher Newport are sure to be the perfect setting for your event. Below are some frequently asked questions that will help you choose the right space to accommodate your guests and your budget.

The following facilities are available:

  • Ballroom – max banquet capacity 320, max occupancy 500
  • Conference rooms – capacity ranges from 15-200
  • Classrooms – capacity ranges from 18-50
  • Computer classrooms – max capacity 30
  • Lecture halls – max capacity 150
  • Diamonstein Concert Hall – max capacity 1,700
  • Peebles Theatre – max capacity 450
  • Studio/Black Box Theatre – max capacity 200
  • Gaines Theatre – capacity 350
  • Marble floor banquet/reception space – max capacity 250/400

The following audio-visual equipment is available:

  • Wall-mounted televisions
  • Blu-ray players
  • Overhead and slide projectors
  • Lecterns
  • Microphones
  • Specialty lighting
  • Computer
  • Sound system

Several seating configurations are available in our conference rooms, based on your needs. We can provide six-foot long tables, five-foot round tables for meetings or dining, cocktail tables for receptions, as well as different seating options and arrangements.

Food or beverages cannot be brought onto campus for any scheduled/reserved event. However, Christopher Newport University offers catering services that provide a variety of food options, from light fare to full-course fine dining.

Room rental rates depend on the space suited for your specific event. Academic classrooms and lecture halls are available for rent by the hour. Other conference and banquet spaces are available for rent in either four- or eight-hour blocks, depending on your specific location(s). Click Rental Rates under Policies for more information.

A 50 percent deposit of the total estimated cost for your event is required when contract is signed and space is confirmed for your event. The Business Office will send an invoice for the remaining balance. Payment in full is required at least 48 hours prior to your event.


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