The John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium hosts and presents more than 75 events each year. With the amenities that were added during the 2016/17 expansion, the opportunities for special events, conferences, receptions, departmental meetings, retreats, and event-related hospitality are greatly enhanced in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Since the renovation in 2017, you will notice a significant change to the front entrance of Emens. The 4,600-square-foot plaza can serve as an extension to a lobby/auditorium event or reserved separately. The Emens south lawn/plaza area was designed to be a campus focal point, and includes pre-anchors for tents, electrical power, lighting, and a vestibule restroom, making it an ideal outdoor event location.
The new grand entrance to Emens Auditorium has many amenities for patrons attending shows and events. The 5,810-square-foot lobby features restrooms, single-use restrooms, built-in concession stands, expanded vestibule, and an enclosed box office. The amenities and the square footage make this an ideal space for social gatherings, expos, registrations, and conventions.
- Margaret “Peggy” Adams Box Office
- The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. Concession Stands
- Ball Brothers Foundation Vestibule
This spacious, 2,100-square-foot hospitality room is an ideal location for a variety of social events, meetings, conferences and dinners. The suite includes a conference room, an outdoor terrace, and a built-in audio/visual system and screen. The room can hold up to 120 for a sit-down dinner or nearly 200 for a reception with the adjacent area of the Brainerd Lounge. The view of campus through the south-facing wall of windows from this second floor room is stunning!
Honoring the wife of John R. Emens, the 1876 sf Brainerd Lounge is a spacious auxiliary, adding flexible space for events in the Hospitality Suite. The Brainerd Lounge is carpeted with adjustable lighting, art work, and restroom facilities.
- Ball Brothers Foundation Outdoor Terrace
- Waldo Beebe Meeting Room
Named after Earl Williams, who steadfastly served as the first general manager of Emens Auditorium from 1964-1989. The 3,456-square-foot lounge is located on the lower level and includes restrooms, a kitchenette, two formal seating arrangements, and a granite-top beverage service area. The lounge is ideally suited for receptions, pre-show talks, meetings, and conference/convention uses. It can accommodate 150-200 people for a reception.
- Ball Brothers Foundation Refreshment Bar
Though the University abounds with resources too numerous to mention, vital to the success of many events in our venue is University Catering. Complete catering services and alcohol permits are available through University Catering.
Contact University Catering
Tents of various sizes are available for rent through H&D SupeRent. The Emens Plaza is pre-anchored for convenient tent setup.
Contact H&D SupeRent
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Attending an event with your club, co-workers, church group, or clients makes for a memorable experience and saves up to 25% off on tickets to many of our season performances with your purchase of 12 or more tickets.
Group Sales at Emens Auditorium make coordinating ticket reservations simple and convenient with:
- preferred group seating
- advance seat reservation
- reduced pre- or post-show reception fee
- artist outreach opportunities (subject to availability)
Contact Kristi Chambers