Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center Event Spaces

BAVC’s gorgeous, natural light is sure to energize and inspire your clients or guests. Whether you reserve space inside or outside, this beautiful venue will make a huge impression. For seating arrangements and room locations, please view the capacity chart and floor maps.

Physical Distancing Capacity Chart

= Great space for weddings; = Great space for other celebrations or special events

Room configuration diagrams including classroom, theatre seating, U-shape, hollow square, tiered classroom, double "V", conference style and round table

Main Floor Room Specifications and Seating Capacity
Rooms sq ft Classroom Theater U-Shaped Rounds* Conference Hollow Sq. A/V
Pollock Ballroom
4,500' 50 50 21 Corporate: 50
Social: 50
Cocktails: 50
N/A 28 Projector, screen, microphones (HH and Lav), HDMI connections, slide advancer. Laptop available for rental.
DeBiase Board Room 950' 20 20 12 Corporate: 12
Social: 40
Cocktails: 20
N/A 16 Projector, screen, microphones (HH and Lav), HDMI connections, slide advancer, white board w/markers. Laptop available for rental.
Stevens Conference Suite 190 407' N/A 10 N/A Corporate: N/A
Social: 20
Cocktails: N/A
N/A N/A Stevens Suite 190: projector, screen, mic, VGA connection, white board w/markers.
Stevens Conference Suite 195 440' N/A 10 N/A Corporate: N/A
Social: 20
Cocktails: N/A
 N/A N/A Stevents Suite 195 White board and markers only
Stevens Conference Suite 190 + 195 847' 6 20 N/A Corporate: 8
Social: 40
Cocktails: 20
N/A 6 Projector, screen, mic, VGA connection, white board w/markers.
Ashelford Hall
2,600' N/A 50 N/A Corporate: 20
Social: 50
Cocktails: 50
N/A N/A No built-in AV. Portable speakers available.
Castle Faculty Library
730' N/A 10 N/A Corporate: N/A
Social: 10
Cocktails: 10
N/A N/A Portable projector only, small screen
Nelson Terrace
5,184 N/A 50 N/A Corporate: 30
Social: 50
Cocktails: 50
N/A N/A No built-in AV. Portable speakers available.

*In accordance with the State of Illinois Restore Illinois Phase 4 Business Guidelines, social events and weddings are allowed for up to 50% facility capacity OR maximum of 50 people excluding venue staff and vendors with inside dining restrictions. Standing areas at bars are limited to 25% of capacity. Inside dining is limited to groups of 10 with six feet between tables. Mask mandates are in effect. Dance floors remain closed.

Please note the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (ILPD) regional Mitigation Measures for COVID-19 could amend our venues’ current hours of operation and capacity totals. For ILPD’s most up-to-date COVID-19 Regional Metrics and Mitigation Measures, please visit IDPH’s COVID- 19 website.

Floor Map

1st Floor

Atrium
Ashelford Hall

Ballroom
Pollock Ballroom

Board Room
DeBiase Board Room

Meeting Room
Stevens Conference Suites
Suite 190
Suite 195

Multi-Purpose Meeting Room
Castle Faculty Library

Outdoor Space
Nelson Terrace

Tentant Area/Other
Elevators
Stairs
Restrooms

Hoffman Estates, Second Floor

For Venue Policies, please contact your Event Manager.

Ready to Book?

Book Now or call 1-866-753-0010

Contact Us

Heidi Carlson
Senior Events Administrator
Phone: 815-753-6013
hcarlson@niu.edu
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