Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom

ballroom set for dinner
stage set for speakers
image of fowler party
image of homecoming luncheon
image of piano in ballroom

Hosting an event in this space will look different than it ever has before. Check out our Q&A's to get an idea of our COVID-19 pandemic response.

The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom is located on the second floor of the University Center, overlooking the Smith Commons and providing sweeping views of the Nord Family Greenway and Cleveland's picturesque skyline.

As the centerpiece of the University Center and the premiere ballroom on campus, the space is capable of being split into three rooms by soundproof divider walls. Each section features a state-of-the-art, built-in projection system, with new projectors installed in the spring of 2020. Its many tables and comfortable banquet chairs (also new in the fall of 2019) can be easily configured to the numerous setup options detailed below. Each section has access to four wireless microphones (either handheld or lapel) and a connection for a gooseneck microphone at the front of the room. When making a reservation, event organizers might also considering adding a stage, lectern, laptop or other equipment from our inventory (fees may apply).

With 40' floor-to-ceiling windows in Ballroom A, the space overlooks the sculpture garden just outside with views of the Guilford House. Automated window shades are available. Outside in the foyer, a digital room sign showcases the day's scheduled reservations. Use of the foyer is included with rental. The space is perfect for event registration, receptions or for catering to setup your meals without disturbing guests during the event. There are also two outdoor patios flanking either end of the foyer, with nearby restrooms on either side.

Room Number: 234
Size: 9,949 square feet
(Ballroom A: 2,626 square feet; Ballroom B: 2,441 square feet; Ballroom C: 2,412 square feet; Foyer: 2,470 square feet)


1/3 Ballroom
Ballroom A Hourly Fee Min. Fee
Student Organizations* $50 $150
University Departments $75 $225
Nonprofit + Affiliate Groups $200 $600
External Groups $275 $825
Ballroom B or C    
Student Organizations* $40 $120
University Departments $50 $150
Nonprofit + Affiliate Groups $175 $525
External Groups $225 $675
2/3 Ballroom
Ballrooms A + B Hourly Fee Min. Fee
Student Organizations* $90 $270
University Departments $125 $375
Nonprofit + Affiliate Groups $375 $1,125
External Groups $500 $1,500
Ballrooms B + C    
Student Organizations* $80 $240
University Departments $100 $300
Nonprofit + Affiliate Groups $350 $1,050
External Groups $450 $1,350
Full Ballroom
Rental Rates Hourly Fee Min. Fee
Student Organizations* $130 $390
University Departments $175 $525
Nonprofit + Affiliate Groups $550 $1,650
External Groups $725 $2,175

1/3 Ballroom
Setup Options Distanced Capacity Normal Capacity
Banquet 30 120
Classroom 32 72
Conference 18 48
Empty 40 275
Horseshoe 20 52
Lecture 32 250
Pod 32 64
Reception 32 275
Square 22 64
2/3 Ballroom
Setup Options Distanced Capacity Normal Capacity
Banquet 70 280
Classroom 64 N/A
Empty 80 500
Lecture 72 500
Reception 70 550
Full Ballroom
Setup Options Distanced Capacity Normal Capacity
Banquet 96 440
Classroom 96 N/A
Empty 120 800
Lecture 98 750
Reception 100 800

The University Center requires a minimum three hour fee when renting this space. For full details about rate qualifications and the reservation process, please see our policies.


*Student Organizations

Most student organization room fees are covered by the Student President's Roundtable or the Graduate Student Council. To see a full list of student organizations that are covered by these fees, please click here. Student groups must be a registered student organization to qualify for student rates. Other fees, such as equipment or A/V, are the responsibility of the student group making the reservation.

While most event types are permitted, room fees are NOT covered for rehearsals unless it is a rehearsal for an event taking place in the ballroom.