Rates and procedures

Memorial Union Reservation Guidelines

Event and Meeting Services manages all meeting and event reservations for the Memorial Union, Student Pavilion, and dedicated portions of Cady, Orange, and Tyler Malls, Palm Walk, Student Services Lawn, and Sparky’s Den. 

To provide assistance with the planning of an event and facilitate the reservation process these practices and procedures are designed to assist with defining responsibilities, management of resources, and providing for safe and orderly event planning and execution.

Room charges apply to categories I and II whenever there is a registration fee, admission charge, donation requested, or when 50% or more of the attendees are not affiliated with ASU, another higher education institution, or a P-12 educational institution-sponsored visit. Room charges will apply in any circumstance where there is a required fee to attend or participate in the event, regardless of profit or personal gain to the hosting organization, including sponsors, exhibitors, and conference attendees. Room and equipment charges always apply to off-campus clients. 


The following categories indicate the fee structure where applicable:

Category I: Events hosted by ASU Registered Student Organizations in which participation fees are collected or where current ASU faculty, staff, and/or students are not the primary audience

Category II: Events hosted by ASU University Departments in which participation fees are collected or where current ASU faculty, staff, and/or students are not the primary audience

Category III: Events hosted by non-University Organizations


Updated Pricing Effective July 1, 2023

Room NameRoom NumberOccupancyCategory ICategory IICategory III
Union Stage085100-140$100$210$875
Alumni Lounge202100$225$480$2,100
Turquoise Ballroom220180-249$315$690$2,800
Arizona Ballroom221400-575$450$960$3,500
Santa Cruz22925$90$195$525
Ventana Ballroom241360-550$450$960$3,500
Ventana A241A100-150$150$325$1,170
Ventana B241B120-150$150$325$1,170
Ventana C241C100-150$150$325$1,170
Ventana AB241AB220-300$300$650$2,340
Ventana BC241BC220-300$300$650$2,340


Memorial Union meeting room practices and procedures


  1. Arizona State campus departments, offices and registered student organizations may book spaces within the current academic year. Reservation requests for the academic year will open late each Spring semester for the upcoming academic year. A priority scheduling process will take place early each Spring semester for key, campus-wide events to be considered for booking prior to the first come, first serve process opening.  Student organizations may book for the academic year once registered with the Student Organization Office.  Non-University Organizations may book for the academic year once our first come, first serve process has opened.  Non-University Organizations are not eligible for priority scheduling.  Reservations for regularly scheduled credit courses will not be accepted.
  2. A Special Event Registry must be submitted 30 days prior to an event date if the event is considered a “special event.” Additional permits may be required based on the event details. 
  3. Student Organizations and ASU Departments may not reserve space for other organizations for the purpose of securing lower room rental rates and/or bypassing procedures. The organization or individual named on the reservation is the Client and is solely responsible for communicating with Event and Meeting Services and initiating, planning, implementing, attending and financing the event in coordination with Event and Meeting Services.
    • The event must be requested by the Client who will be responsible for the event.
    • The Client named on the reservation must be present at all required pre-event and planning meetings leading up to the event.
    • The name of the ASU department or student organization hosting the event must be prominently displayed on all marketing materials, including but not limited to website, flyers, brochures, and digital displays.
    • The Client or representatives from the organization must be on site for the full duration of the event.
    • The Client is responsible for paying all rental and support service fees resulting from the event. 
    • Clients may not sublet or in any way reserve space on behalf of another group.
    • Clients found to be misrepresenting their event may lose reservation privileges.
  4. Non-University Organizations (NUOs) not co-sponsored by an ASU entity will, at their own expense, procure and maintain, during the term, a policy of commercial general liability insurance in an amount of not less than one million dollars, ($1,000,000) single limit, against claims for bodily injury, death and property damage occurring in connection with their use of the space.  This insurance must name the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University and the State of Arizona as additional insureds. NUOs must provide ASU with a certificate evidencing this coverage no later than 7 business days prior to use of space.  NUOs conducting a small luncheon or dinner catered by the MU’s contracted in-house caterer may be excluded from this requirement.
  5. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total room rental is due 45 days in advance for Non-University Organizations, or immediately if less than 45 days from the reservation date. Deposits are non-refundable regardless of the day and time that the initial reservation was made. 
  6. Clients may book a series meeting limited to one (1) room per week, up to four (4) consecutive hours, including any desired set-up time. Groups that run over their allotted time more than once per semester will be assessed the room charge for the appropriate category.
  7. Ballrooms are not available for series reservations.  Alumni Lounge and Pima auditorium are only available for series reservations Friday through Sunday, from 5 pm to 10 pm.
  8. Room charges will be added to all reservations for conferences, cultural performances, tournaments, fundraisers and all events where a fee could potentially be charged to guests and/or recruiters/exhibitors. The room charges may be waived upon receipt of a program prior to the event date showing that there is no registration fee, ticket charge, required donation, or other payment to attend the event. At least 60% of the attendees must be affiliated with Arizona State University (current student, faculty or staff), another institution of higher education or on a K-12 educational institution sponsored visit or a room charge will apply.  
    Clients must pre-sell tickets; ticket sales are not allowed at the door.  Pre-registration may be required for certain events.  The MU reserves the right to verify attendee affiliation by requesting copies of a registration list, guest list or by checking guest identification to ensure adherence to this policy.
  9. Clients will be allowed to hold two (2) dates for the same event while in the planning process. Depending on the size of the room(s) and the demand for space, clients will only be permitted to retain holds for a maximum of two (2) weeks.  
  10. Student Unions and Centers reserves the right to change location and/or cancel an event or meeting when necessary. Every effort will be made to notify the client in advance and to accommodate the client in an alternate location. 
  11. Student Unions and Centers does not accept reservation requests from any organization with outstanding payments due to Student Unions and Centers venues. Organizations with outstanding payments will not be able to reserve space and any current or pending reservations will be subject to cancellation if any payments are deemed to be in a delinquent status.
  12. Student organizations hosting a major event may have additional requirements as outlined by the University or the Student Organizations and Leadership Office.

  13. In order to accommodate as many clients as possible, the Student Unions and Centers staff reserve rooms based on maximum seating capabilities, individual event needs and the information provided by the organization submitting the request. Room charges will be incurred for clients when event attendance does not utilize the room effectively or if it is determined that the reserved space was not used according to the purpose it was reserved.
  14. All reserved spaces must be left clean, free of damage and in the set-up reserved. Clients are prohibited from moving or rearranging the furniture and will be assessed a fee if the set-up is changed. If damage occurs in a room and/or if there is a loss of equipment, the responsible group/party will be assessed the full replacement/repair costs. 
  15. Any group leaving an excessive amount of materials or trash will be assessed a minimum fee of $100 for clean-up. This includes decorations, catering items, etc. Additionally, any labor deemed necessary to return a venue to its original state after the conclusion of an event will be assessed and charged to the reserving organization.  
  16. Cochise, Apache, Navajo, La Paz, and Coconino Conference Rooms offer multiple set-up options which can be selected during the room reservation request process.  All other conference rooms are available in one room configuration and cannot be modified.  
  17. Clients are responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable fire codes.  Designated maximum capacity for any event will not be exceeded at any time.  Exit aisles, staircases, fire alarm systems and emergency exits may not be blocked at any time. 

  18. The Memorial Union is designated a public venue. As such, all movies shown must have copyright approval.
  19. Filming (which includes photo, motion picture, video recording, or written or spoken statements) requires advance approval by ASU and must comply with ASU's Filming policy.  Additional resources can be found at ASU Filming and Photography.
  20. Whether to permit photography, visual recording, and/or audio recording in any ASU event space is at the discretion of the client, who may determine whether to permit recording at the event. ASU encourages clients who want to restrict recording at their event to post notice of this restriction outside of the event space where the notice can be clearly observed upon entrance as well as inside the event space and, where appropriate, to announce restrictions at the beginning of any event. 
  21. Current ASU students may request to film in the Memorial Union or Student Pavilion for class projects or student organization projects, but must request permission/approval prior to filming. Student Filming application and resources can be found here.

  22. Clients hosting an outdoor reservation may proactively request an additional indoor venue in the event of inclement weather. Room(s) held for inclement weather must be canceled 48 hours in advance prior, or by end of day on Friday for a Monday event to avoid cancellation fees. Any space requested within one day of an event due to inclement weather will be assessed the appropriate labor charge associated with setting the room, if available. 
  23. Requests for client rehearsal times associated with an existing reservation are limited to two (2) hours at a time convenience to the operation of the Memorial Union. 
  24. Client set-up or teardown holds occurring before or after an active reservation date will be subject to a percentage of  the applicable category room rate for the space.  Spaces held  for client set-up or teardown between 0 and 4 hours will incur a 50% fee.  Spaces held for more than 4 hours will incur a 100% fee.  

  25. The Memorial Union has an in-house catering service. No other off-site companies may cater in the building. All catering must be set up inside the reserved space. Food buffets are not permitted in the hallways. For additional information regarding the University’s guidelines pertaining to food and catering at events please visit Food Safety and Health
  26. Guests are not permitted to cook foods during events or in the facility. This includes any foods that are cooked, sliced, temperature controlled (via hot or cold holding).

  27. To maintain audio quality in all reservable spaces, the capacity of the room will dictate how many microphones are allotted per space.  Any additional microphones outside of what we are able to provide must be coordinated with another ASU department or third-party technical support.  For specific information on individual spaces, please work with your event coordinator. 
  28. The Memorial Union audio systems can only accommodate the following uses: speech, presentation audio, video and select background music. Any usage outside of what is listed such as a DJ, band or other live performance will require audio equipment that is supplied by another ASU department or third-party technical support.  All audio in the meeting rooms, regardless of source, must stay at or below the acceptable sound level as determined by the Memorial Union staff (approximately 70 dB or below).

  29. Clients requesting storage of materials on dates before or after an active reservation date will be required to reserve a room if available and pay the appropriate category room charge per day. 
  30. The Memorial Union cannot accept “drop and go” shipments.  Any reservation materials requiring shipment to campus must be delivered to a reserved room with the client present to receive the delivery or should be coordinated for holding and day-of delivery with ASU Mail Services or an off-campus expo company..  The Memorial Union does not facilitate outgoing shipments.
  31. Clients needing to unload items at the Memorial Union loading dock may check out a dock pass at the Information Desk for a 30-minute load in and load out. Arrangements for visitor parking in campus structures or lots must be made with Parking and Transit Services, (480) 965-6406. The Memorial Union does not have any control of the parking availability or charges and does not validate parking.

  32. Signage and décor must be free-standing or placed on tabletops. Items are not permitted to be taped or attached to any ceilings, walls, windows, doors, columns, etc. of the room or building. Post-it style, self-adhesive notepad paper may be used on the blank walls inside the conference rooms and ballrooms. Limited signage may be placed in areas pre-approved by MU staff and must stand on its own or be placed in an approved sign holder.
  33. Glitter, confetti, lit candles, or any open flame are prohibited in the Student Unions and Centers.
  34. Displays, sales, exhibits, vendor information and other activity may take place inside meeting rooms only, for the duration of the event.
  35. Balloons are permitted if they are permanently affixed to a display/mount.  The client is responsible for removing and disposing of all balloons after an event.  If helium balloons are released for any reason within the facility, labor costs associated with the removal of the balloons will be charged to the client.

  36. Thirty days’ notice is required for cancellation of reservations for the Arizona Ballroom, Ventana Ballroom, Turquoise Ballroom or Alumni Lounge. Cancellations received after that time will be subject to a percentage fee of the applicable category room charge as follows: 15 to 30 days- 50%, 8 to 14 days- 75%, 0 to 7 days- 100%. Fees apply regardless of the time the initial booking was made.
  37. Three (3) full working days’ notice is required for cancellation of reservations in conference rooms. Cancellations received after that time will be subject to a $50 late cancellation fee per conference room reserved.
  38. No shows and underutilization of room capacities are subject to a full room charge of the applicable rate category.  

  39. A minimum of ten (10) business days is required to reserve a ballroom and other large and/or outdoor programming spaces. A minimum of seven (7) business days is required for conference rooms. Details for large, elaborate or unusual sets must be received a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the event date in order to be accommodated. 
  40. Late requests for ballrooms and other large programming spaces will incur a late fee equal to the rate associated with the appropriate Category Schedule. Late requests for conference rooms will incur a $50 late request fee per room. Requests received with less than three (3) days’ notice may not be able to be accommodated. 
  41. Rescheduling of an event is considered a cancellation of your original reservation and a request for a new to an alternate date, time, or location.  Applicable cancellation and/or late request fees will apply.   
  42. Accommodated changes (major or extensive) requested less than seven (7) working days prior to the event will incur a charge of $50 per request. Accommodated late requests to existing reservations made day of or less than one (1) working days’ notice will incur a charge of $100 per request.
  43. Final event details should be received seven (7) business days prior to the scheduled event. Additional requests after this deadline cannot be guaranteed.

    Abandoned Property

  44. Any property not claimed within 48 hours following the conclusion of an event/meeting will be considered abandoned by the reserving group and/or individual. Student Unions and Centers may dispose of the items at their discretion. The reserving group and/or individual shall be liable for any cost incurred in disposing of the abandoned property.

    Academic Classes

  45. Academic classes are not permitted to reserve or hold class sessions in the Student Unions and Centers.

    Service Animals

  46. Individuals with disabilities may be accompanied by their service animals on all ASU campuses where members of the public or participants in services, programs, or activities are allowed access. Individuals with disabilities are responsible for their service animals and the university may exclude service animals under certain circumstances.
    By law, a service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals. See Student Services Manual SSM 701-06 for additional information.
    Emotional Support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not considered service animals and are not permitted in the Student Unions.


  47. ASU departments or student organizations may collaborate with Non-University Organizations on reservations occurring in the Memorial Union. The ASU department or student organization must be the primary organizer of the event with a person assigned to coordinate event details, assume financial responsibility and have students, faculty, or staff participating in the event.  Arrangements for the reservation will not be coordinated with the non-University partner. It may be necessary for the client to  provide a letter from the ASU department head, or organization president and advisor, stating how the event furthers the mission of the organization or of Arizona State University.


  48. Fronting is not permitted and is defined as an eligible ASU department or student organization reserving space for another person and/or group in an attempt to avoid required monetary or other contractual obligations. This includes hiding or intentionally concealing the identity of the true client due to non-eligibility for use of facilities. Departments and organizations found to be fronting will be charged the maximum applicable rate and subject to the loss of reservation privileges.

    Extension of Building Hours

  49. The Student Union and Center facilities maintain regular hours of operation during the academic year and operate under adjusted hours during spring, summer, and winter breaks.  Memorial Union building hours may be extended to accommodate events at a fee of $150 per hour with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice and Memorial Union staff approval.

    Disruptive, Threatening or Violent Behavior

  50. Students, faculty, staff, and other individuals do not have an unqualified right of access to university grounds, property, or services. Guests who are disruptive will be asked to leave the facility. Interfering with the peaceful conduct of university-related business or activities or remaining on campus grounds after a request to leave may be considered a crime. For more information, see Student Services Manual SSM-104-02

    Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space

  51. Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Spaces may be used by University and affiliated groups and individuals. These spaces are not reservable. Groups and individuals may use the space on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, see Student Services Manual SSM-901-03.

    Petitioning, Distributing and Posting of Literature

  52. Petitioning and distributing literature is permitted in: (a) reservable areas surrounding the exterior of Student Union and Centers buildings including the North Plaza of the Memorial Union (Tempe) and the West Patio of the Polytechnic Student Union, with an approved reservation only; and (b) on the south and west sides of Memorial Union (Tempe) without a reservation as long as the activity takes place outside the area under the entrance overhangs. 
    Petitioning and distributing literature is not permitted inside any Student Unions and Centers buildings except in conjunction with the use of meeting rooms. No materials of any kind may be posted or set on walls, windows, doors, tables, restroom stalls, or any other unauthorized portion of the Student Unions and Centers buildings.
    Printed material is accepted based on availability of space on a first-come first-serve basis and must be for university-sponsored events, university department services, or university affiliated business partners.
    Individuals and groups posting or distributing approved material must follow directions from university staff regarding interpretation and compliance with petitioning, distributing, and posting policies. For more information, see Student Services Manual SSM-801-04.

    Lost and Found

  53. Student Unions and Centers buildings are not responsible for lost, found, or damaged articles belonging to individuals and/or organizations using the building or for lost or found items on campus.
    Items found on campus will be kept at the Student Unions and Centers Information Desk of the respective campus. To claim an item, individuals must present a current photo ID and a physical description of the item.
    Items not claimed within 30 days will be donated to a charitable organization or disposed of in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes § 12– 941 to –946.
    The following items are kept for 60 days:

    • backpacks, bags such as purses, camera bags, and duffel bags
    • binders, folders, and notebooks and books such as textbooks and course readers
    • cell phones, flash drives, keys 
    • clothing such as jackets, pants, shirts, skirts, hats and sweaters
    • electronics such as calculators, headphones, computer cords, and handheld radio/music players
    • sunglasses and eyeglasses including prescription and reading
    • identification cards, credit cards and wallets
    • jewelry such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and watches and any other items of value or importance. 

    For sanitary reasons, the following items are not accepted:

    • all undergarments and clothing of a personal nature
    • all personal hygiene items such as hair clips, hair brushes, make-up, lotions, and hair products
    • all footwear and items such as shoes, sandals, socks, and high heels
    • all contact lenses, contact lens solutions, and ear plugs
    • all towels or cloths of personal use
    • all edible items and items that contain food or liquids such as lunch boxes, bottles, and mugs
    • all chemical and medical items such as cleaning solutions and prescription drugs and any other items that area deemed unsanitary.

    Note: Due to limited storage, miscellaneous documents and photographs are disposed of.

    Gambling and Raffles

  54. Gambling is prohibited and ASU departments and administrative units are not permitted to conduct raffles. For information pertaining to conditions under which organizations can conduct raffles visit Office of General Counsel.

    Banned Items and Activities

  55. Illegal drugs, firearms, and gambling in any form are prohibited in Student Unions and Centers. Roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, and the use of those items within Student Unions and Centers are prohibited.
    Use of candles and incense is prohibited, except for ceremonial purposes and only upon approval of the Student Unions and Centers Administration at the appropriate location and receipt of a permit from ASU Environmental Health & Safety. For more information, see Student Services Manual SSM-801-01.


  56. An alcohol permit is required to serve alcohol on campus. The form to request approval for alcohol service in the Memorial Union can be found on the ASU Police Department website.  Requests are reviewed by the Director for Student Unions and Centers, and should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Cash bars and off-campus events with charges will not be approved.
    Alcohol may be served or consumed only at designated special events as authorized by Arizona Board of Regents’ policy 5-108(A)(4), “Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on Campus” and Student Services Manual SSM 106–03.


  57. Smoking, defined as the burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from, the possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, hookah, water pipes or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device is prohibited in the facility.
    Electronic smoking devices are defined as devices that simulate smoke through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, and all forms of smoking tobacco. For more information, see Policy ACD804.