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Event FAQs

How do I find out if the Ritchie Center is available for my event?

To request availability, please submit an event request form or call 303-871-4731.


How much does it cost to have an event at the Ritchie Center?

Our pricing varies by event type and venue. To request pricing for a specific event, please contact our event coordinator at 303-871-4731, or submit an event request form.



What is the capacity of the Ritchie Center’s venues?

Our venue capacity varies based on event set, safety requirements and client preferences. For a general guide to event capacity, please visit our Ritchie Center venue page. To receive a more accurate capacity estimate for your event, please contact our event coordinator.


How far in advance can I book an event at the Ritchie Center?

We book events up to one year in advance. If you are interested in a multi-year booking agreement, please contact us for further information.


How do I book an event at the Ritchie Center?

To book your event at the Ritchie Center, please contact our event coordinator, Toni Dietz, at 303-871-4731, or toni.dietz@du.edu.


What do I need to provide to confirm my event booking?

If a venue is available for your event, we will place a hold for the date and time requested. To confirm your booking, you must provide a signed event agreement, 50 percent (non-refundable) deposit and certificate of insurance naming the University of Denver as an additionally insured party.


Is parking available for events? What does it cost?

Parking is available in different University parking lots. Generally, events held at the Ritchie Center use parking lots L, 103, C, 108, or W. Parking may be pre-purchased for an event or paid by event attendees. Depending on the nature of your event, our parking fees range from $7-$20.


Are outside catering vendors allowed at the Ritchie Center?

Unfortunately, outside catering is not allowed at the Ritchie Center. Sodexo is the exclusive catering vendor for the Ritchie Center. If you would like more information about Sodexo’s catering services, please contact Angela Saunkeah at 303-871-4624.


Are non-profit rental rates available?

Yes, we do offer non-profit rental rates with proof of 501c3 status. Please call our event coordinator at 303-871-4731 for more information.


What happens if I need to cancel my event?

Please contact us immediately if you need to cancel an event. Your 50 percent deposit is non-refundable, however, if your event can be rescheduled, we will work with you to find a different date.


Does the Ritchie Center provide disability access and accessible seating?

Yes, handicap parking spots and a disability access location are available on the north side of our facility. Accessible seating is available in each of our venues.


Does the Ritchie Center provide box office services?

Yes, if requested, we can provide box office services. Please speak with our event coordinator regarding your box office needs when booking your event.


Do I have to hire the Ritchie Center’s staff for my event? Can I have volunteers help with my event?

All events are required to hire a baseline level of Ritchie Center staff including custodial and event services. We welcome volunteers; however, they cannot replace our event staff, who are trained in event and emergency protocols. If you have specific questions about volunteer staff, please contact our event coordinator at 303-871-4731.