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Booking Rates

The Convocation Center at Northern Illinions is currently accepting booking arrangements for the upcoming year.

Commerical Rate

  • Full Arena: $2,000 per day vs. 12% of gross ticket receipts, after taxes, whichever is greater.
  • Half house or theater: $1,500 per day or 10% of the gross ticket receipts after taxes, whichever is greater.

Commercial Rate is defined as any event where an admission is charged, a fee is taken, a collection is made or any revenue is derived and applies to any rate not covered under the other categories.

Trade Show or Flat Show Rate

Based on $.06 per square foot. The Convocation Center has 47,000 square feet in the arena. 12,500 square feet in the main and south lobbies. There is also an additional 12,500 square feet in the auxiliary gym. Total potential square footage, 72,000.

Building Education Group Rates

It is the desire of the Northern Illinois University to offer special rates for educational and athletic nonprofit events.

  • Non-ticketed events: $1,000 per day, plus all out-of-pocket expenses associated with the event.
  • Ticketed events: $1,000 per day or 9% of gross ticket receipts after taxes, whichever is greater. Plus all out-of-pocket expenses associated with the event.


Move-in/move-out days are calculated at 60% of the normal daily rental rates.

Rental rates include ticket office services, lighting, air conditioning, water as installed, electricity services as installed, and standard post event cleaning services, but only in normal and reasonable amounts. All labor, supplies and equipment are considered additional expenses and will be charged at the rates as outlined in the EQUIPMENT, STAFFING, AND SERVICES rate.

The Director of Convocation Center shall have the right to negotiate rental rates different from the approved rates for certain events in order to maximize use of the Center. The Convocation Center will entertain both Co-pros and all end deals.