JBU Event Facilities

Which venue is right for your event?

Berry Performing Arts Center (BPAC)

The BPAC is home to our 500-seat Herklotz Auditorium with modern, innovative acoustic technology as well as a full orchestra pit and a 1,500 square foot performance area. The BPAC is equipped with a superior sound system and extensive theatrical lighting for orchestral concerts, choral concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, chapel services, and more. The advanced technological capabilities and large seating capacity of the Berry Performing Arts Center provide a versatile and adaptable atmosphere suitable for almost any occasion. Learn more.

Bill George Arena (BGA)

  The BGA features exceptional facilities that are equipped for athletic events, concerts, commencement ceremonies, speaking events, and more. The 38,000 square foot arena can seat up to 2,500 people for non-athletic events and 1,800 for athletic events. The BGA contains multiple LCD screens located throughout the building, as well as high definition projectors that provide clear and convenient viewing for parties seated throughout the arena. The palatial Mary K. Chapman Hospitality Suite is also equipped with a 47” high-definition television that allows viewers to experience an event from the comfort of the suite.

When not in use for basketball games or volleyball matches, the Bill George Arena has presented numerous events to benefit the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) community, including concerts featuring artists such as TobyMac, Switchfoot, Anberlin, Lecrae, and Phillips, Craig & Dean while hosting renowned speakers Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. Learn more.

Bynum Theater

  The Bynum Theater is one of the most conveniently adaptable spaces that JBU has to offer with a large platform, ample seating, and readily-available audio and visual capabilities. This room is suitable for business presentations, speaking forums, and performances in Northwest Arkansas (NWA). Not only does the Bynum Theater provide a 216 sq. ft. platform that is serviceable for almost any occasion, but it also provides comfortable seating for up to 150 guests with convenient retractable desktops. Guests are also welcome to free parking and internet access with the use of the Bynum Theater. Learn more.

Jones Recital Hall

  The Jones Recital Hall provides an intimate atmosphere for performances and presentations of all kinds including vocal performances, piano recitals, speeches, presentations and more. This performance hall is designed with well-balanced acoustics, comfortable theater seating, as well as theatrical lighting to accommodate unique performance needs. The Jones Recital Hall is also conveniently suited for professional presentations with audio/visual capabilities: projector, projection screen, laptop connection, document camera, and more. The Jones Recital Hall, located in the exquisite Cathedral of the Ozarks, is a perfect setting for your next event in Northwest Arkansas (NWA). Learn more.

Cathedral of the Ozarks

JBU’s Cathedral of the Ozarks is one of the most iconic buildings in NWA. This exquisite sanctuary seats up to 900 guests and has hosted a myriad of events including candlelight services, choral concerts, renowned lecturers, weddings, and musical performances. This historic building features tall, ornate stained-glass windows, beautifully crafted dark wooden pews, and a flawless limestone exterior. The Cathedral of the Ozarks's beauty is reminiscent of the rolling slopes of NWA, as was the original intent of John Brown Sr. when it was built in 1945. Learn more.

Chancellor's and Dye Conference Rooms

The Chancellor's and Dye Conference Rooms provide a comfortable conference experience for any occasion. These versatile areas are perfect for your next company conference, business meeting, or small dinner party in NWA. They are even cozy enough for birthday parties, bridal showers, and baby showers! Not only is this high-quality workspace perfect for conferences, presentations, and dining necessities, but it also includes free internet access and free parking for guests. Learn more about Chancellor's. Learn more about Dye.

Chancellor's Dining Room

Chancellor's Dining Room

Dye Conference Room

Dye Conference Room

Simmons Great Hall (SGH)

SGH is a beautiful and versatile banquet facility. You can hold an event of up to 600 guests or the room can be divided into subsections to accommodate groups as small as 25 people. JBU has hosted many weddings, receptions, banquets, conferences, seminars, dinners, luncheons, Fortune 500 company events, and more in this venue. SGA is equipped with an advanced audio visual system with multiple floor panels with phone and data connections as well as a distributed sound system. The quality ceiling projection system, four retractable screens, motorized window-shading systems, and pre-programmable lighting system provide our guests with the convenience to plan everything from elaborate presentations to simple luncheons. JBU's dining and catering services are conveniently adjacent to the Simmons Great Hall for attentive and quality catering and beverage service. Learn more.

Potential layout

Potential layout

Potential layout

Walton Lifetime Health Complex (WLHC)

The WLHC houses a three-court multipurpose gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, aerobics and fitness classroom, four racquetball courts, locker room amenities, cardio room, weight room, and more. Not only can the WLHC provide equipment for your sporting and athletic events, but it also features the latest cardio and weight training equipment. The WLHC also features a conference and theatre room, the Bynum Theatre, which is well suited for business presentations and performances. Learn more.