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Event Planning at the Alumni Center

The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, conveniently located on the corner of Galvez and Campus is a comprehensive conference and event facility available for events directly organized and conducted by a Stanford school or department. With unique meeting rooms equipped with sound systems, an elegant reception hall and beautiful outdoor gardens, the Alumni Center can provide the perfect venue for your Stanford-sponsored event.

Benefits of hosting an event at the Alumni Center include:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Use of the Munzer Business Center with PCs, fax, copier, and printer
  • Access to The Alumni Café during normal business hours Monday-Friday
  • A dedicated event manager to help coordinate and oversee your event
  • Front desk security for evening events
  • Up to two golf cart rentals, for a nominal fee
  • Convenient, nearby parking: the Track Lot or for large events, the rentable Galvez Lot. The free Marguerite Shuttle conveniently stops in front of the Alumni Center and can take your guests around campus or back to the train station.

FISHER CONFERENCE CENTER/McCOLL PLAZA



Whether you're planning a small reception or a medium-sized meeting, Fisher Conference Center has the built-in flexibility to accommodate your needs. The center is comprised of two suites of interconnected conference rooms separated by a large foyer. Each suite has three rooms with moveable soundproof walls that can be reconfigured to accommodate meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures of 15 to 150 people.

  • Chairs and maple tables (each is seven feet long) available at no charge
  • Drop-down screen and whiteboard wall in each room; use with any multimedia setup
  • In-room focus group facilities
  • 1,200 square-foot foyer can accommodate registration tables and buffet tables
  • All or part of Fisher Conference Center is available for rental
  • McColl Plaza is located outside the center and can be added to your reservation
  • McColl Plaza is a sunny spot for a break or a sit-down lunch (up to 50 people)
See floor plan
Venue
Dimensions
(feet)
Area
(sq. ft.)
Theater
Reception
(standing)
U-Shape
Board
Room
Dinner
Classroom
Lane
24 x 29
696
60
60
24
26
40
36
Lyons
24 x 18
432
40
36
15
16
20
12
Lodato
24 x 17
408
40
36
15
16
20
12
Lane & Lyons
24 x 47
1128
100
120
39
46
40
48
Lyons & Lodato
24 x 35
840
80
100
24
36
40
24
Lane & Lyons & Lodato
24 x 64
1536
150
170
63
70
100
80
Barnes
24 x 17
408
40
36
15
16
20
18
McDowell
24 x 18
432
40
36
15
16
20
18
Cranston
24 x 15
375
40
36
15
16
20
9
Barnes & McDowell
24 x 35
840
80
100
24
36
40
27
McDowell & Cranston
24 x 33
792
80
100
24
36
40
27
Barnes & McDowell & Cranston
24 x 50
1200
120
140
36
50
80
54
Fisher Reception Area
50 x 17
850
N/A
100
N/A
N/A
50
N/A
McColl
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
60-100
N/A

McCAW HALL & FORD GARDENS




This elegant and spacious room is ideal for your large reception, meeting or exhibition. McCaw Hall accommodates from 150 to 400 people, depending on the seating configuration. The multimedia-equipped hall features high ceilings, a maple harlequin floor, soft chandelier lighting and wall-to-wall picture windows overlooking the award-winning Ford Alumni Gardens.
  • Chairs and round tables (66 inches in diameter) available at no charge
  • Double front doors connect the hall with the main gallery and living room
  • Glass doors lead to the Ford Alumni Gardens; the lawn and fountain area can be rented in conjunction with McCaw Hall
  • The living room is included with McCaw Hall rental after 5 p.m.
  • Living room features pre-programmed player piano, large fireplace and plush seating
See floor plan
Venue
Dimensions
(feet)
Area
(sq. ft.)
Theater
Reception
(standing)
U-Shape
Board
Room
Dinner
Classroom
 
McCaw Hall
99 x 65
6435
600
942
N/A
N/A
400
250
(Wooden Floor Area)
80 x 48
3840

DWIGHT FAMILY LIVING ROOM


The Dwight Family Living Room features a large limestone fireplace, plush couches and plenty of space for a reception, buffet, or an intimate dinner for up to 70. It offers views of the gardens and reflecting pool, and the grand player piano can be used during your evening event or on weekends. The Living Room is included with the rental of McCaw Hall for events taking place after 5 pm. It is also available for rental on its own for events after 5 pm on weekdays or from 8 am - 10 pm on weekends.

PALM COURT


Informal outdoor receptions are simply unforgettable when held in Palm Court. Located behind the Alumni Center, Palm Court offers a courtyard with Mexican fan palms, fifty indigenous plant species, a beautiful stone terrace and shaded patio seating for your small evening event. For larger gatherings, you may rent the adjacent lawn and fountain area with McCaw Hall