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Eugene, OR Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 27
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,613
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 200
Committable Meeting Rooms* 22
Largest Exhibit Space 64,100 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 11,760 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $94
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $317
*Maximum for a single hotel

Eugene, OR Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to the meeting and event planning guide for Eugene, OR-a city guide written specifically with meeting planners in mind. Eugene is home to a strong arts scene, as well as having a dynamic academic influence, a thriving economy and many full-service, Eugene event venues. But it also is known as Track Town USA, and is an outdoors-minded, adventure-driven destination that is rich in outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Located in southern Willamette County and centered between the Oregon Coast and Cascade Mountains, Eugene has an extensive park system and miles upon miles of running and biking trails.

Oregon's state capital, Salem, is within an hour's drive of Eugene, while Portland is approximately two hours away. The city is served by Eugene Airport (EUG), located 15 minutes outside of the city center. EUG offers direct flights from a number of major cities, including Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. Once in Eugene, groups can ride the EmX bus system, which connects many hotels with attractions and event venues, including the Lane Events Center.

Located on the city's fairgrounds, the expansive Lane Events Center features 75,000 square feet of exposition space. Meeting spaces include the 37,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, 22,000-square-foot Performance Hall with stage, an 450-seat auditorium, a 5,100-square-foot, glass-enclosed atrium and four meeting rooms. Additional event venues on the fairgrounds campus include the 36,000-square-foot Livestock Arena, ice center, round pavilion and six expo halls. Lane Events Center features 2,500 parking spaces, full-service catering and Wi-Fi access.

In addition to Lane Events Center, several Eugene event venues are found from the banks of the Willamette River to the heart of the downtown arts district. Home to six resident companies, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts features a 2,450-seat concert hall, a 495-seat theater, a towering glass lobby and gallery-all of which are available for private events. Groups can gather at the new PK Park while cheering on the Eugene Emeralds, a minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The $19.2-million PK Park opened in 2010 and features seating for 4,000 guests, picnic plazas, luxury suites and a children's fun zone. Unveiled in 2011, the 12,500-seat Matthew Knight Arena is home to the University of Oregon Ducks basketball teams. The arena also hosts concerts and special events, as well as offering private spaces for group events. For adrenaline-fueled group gatherings, the Willamette Pass Ski Area features 29 downhill runs, six lifts and a vertical drop of 1,563 feet for downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Willamette Pass welcomes groups with its ski-day comprehensive program, while its lodge with restaurant and lounge is available for private events.

Eugene features a strong academic and economic presence. The city is home to the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, as well as the birthplace of Nike.

About Eugene, OR / Additional Info

An outdoor enthusiast's dream destination, Eugene is surrounded by lush forests, agricultural stretches, wine country hills and two mountain ranges. The city hugs the scenic Willamette River and is within one hour of the Pacific Ocean. It's no surprise that Eugene is known as Track Town USA, thanks to its extensive park and trail system and athletic heritage. Some of the country's most celebrated Olympic runners have gotten their start on the city's miles of trails with diverse terrain. Running legend Steve Prefontaine attended Eugene's University of Oregon. (The city's Pre's Rock honors Prefontaine, while the four-mile Pre's Trail runs through the 400-acre Alton Baker Park.) Eugene's historic Hayward Field is one of the most famous track and field-only facilities in the world. Built in 1919 on the University of Oregon campus, the field has hosted a number of NCAA championships, national championships, Olympic trials and the annual Prefontaine Classic.

A number of Eugene's attractions and activities celebrate its diverse landscape of waterfalls, forests, sand dunes, whitewater, ocean estuaries and other natural elements. Florence is home to Sand Master Park, the world's first sandboard park. Featuring 40 private acres of sculpted sand dunes perfect for beginner to advanced sandboarders, the park also boasts the largest sandbox in the state, ziplines, themed gardens, dune buggy tours, helicopter tours, and RV park camping. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is home to wind-sculpted sand dunes that tower 500 feet above sea level, part of the 40-mile line of dunes along the Oregon coast. The nonprofit nature center and wildlife hospital known as Cascades Raptor Center welcomes visitors for tours and programs such as bird on the glove to learn about the hundreds of raptor birds that are treated at the facility each year. Visitors can travel to Florence's Sea Lion Caves to observe wild sea lions and a variety of sea birds. As the world's largest sea cave, the Sea Lion Cave's height is equivalent to that of a 12-story building, while its length spans that of a football field.

Beyond its outdoorsy and athletic culture, Eugene is a diverse, eclectic city dedicated to sustainability and its thriving arts scene. Eugene's Hult Center for the Performing Arts is home to six resident companies, which include the Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival and Oregon Festival of American Music. The beautiful Cuthbert Amphitheater welcomes up to 5,000 guests for summer concerts at this outdoor venue nestled at the base of Alton Baker Park. The city's Science Factory features an interactive exhibit hall and Exploration Dome to inspire children to learn about science, technology and humanity.

A culinary destination dedicated to serving locally grown, locally sourced products, Eugene is home to a number of fine restaurants with private dining space. Located in the city's 5th Street Market, Marche serves a menu based on foods found at a farmers market, created with French-based technique. Serving regional cuisines and fine local wines and microbrews, Our Daily Bread is housed in a renovated country church, while Oregon Electric Station is located in a historic 1912 train depot. Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria serves handmade authentic Italian fare, while Florence's Waterfront Depot Restaurant in the old Mapleton Train Station utilizes local ingredients in its regularly changing menu.

 
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