Location: Thompson Building, PO Box 25F
Telephone: (813) 253-6238
Fax: (813) 259-5406

For all rental inquiries, please contact facilitiesrental@ut.edu  or complete the online request form.

The ballrooms in Plant Hall are only available for rent during the summer months after spring commencement and before fall term orientation (early May to end of July). During the school year, our event space is reserved for our students, faculty and various University functions. 

Plant Hall’s elegant ballrooms provide some of the most distinguished banquet and meeting facilities in the area. The ballrooms and public areas on the first floor remain in the same historical style as when Plant Hall was the Tampa Bay Hotel, built in 1891. Plant Hall houses three distinct ballrooms – the Music Room, the Grand Salon and Fletcher Lounge. Located under the minarets, each ballroom has a dome-shaped ceiling. The ballrooms' versatility and elegance make them an ideal site for wedding receptions, galas, graduation parties, dinners, seminars and meetings.

Fletcher Lounge

Fletcher Floorplan   Fletcher Lounge Image
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Said to be “the most enchanting ballroom in Tampa,” Fletcher Lounge was renovated in 1992 to its original state as the main dining room of the Tampa Bay Hotel. This spectacular ballroom is the largest of the three and has a multiple-domed ceiling and hardwood floors. There is a small kitchen area with a private entrance for caterers. This is the only ballroom with its own restrooms. Antique furniture accents the interior ambiance of the room. The furniture serves purely for decorative purposes, with the exception of two serpentine tables. The 6,400 square-foot facility serves as a cocktail reception area for 500 guests and dining salon for 230 guests.

Area: 6,400 sq. ft.
Accommodations: 500/230 Standing/Seated
Rental Cost: $4,600 + tax

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Grand Salon

Grand Ballroom Floorplan   Fletcher Grand Ballroom
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Located next to the main lobby, this lovely ballroom is decorated in colonial blue and boasts a stage that runs the width of the room. The stage can accommodate a small band, disc jockey, or a head table for a wedding reception. The ballroom is encircled by a wide verandah and has a diminutive kitchen facility. This 3,200 square-foot room is perfect for cocktail receptions or conferences for up to 175 guests or 125 guests for a seated dinner.

Area: 3,200 sq. ft.
Accommodations: 175/120 Standing/Seated
Rental Cost: $3,000 + tax, and $100 maintenance for use of the piano

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Music Room

(formerly Dome Theater)

Music Room Floor plan   Music Room Image
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This charming ballroom is located directly across the lobby from the Grand Salon. The Music Room also houses a small hardwood stage with a balcony above each side. In addition, this room has floor-to-ceiling windows, which lead out to a wooden verandah. The 2,400 square-foot room can hold an intimate group of 125 for a cocktail reception and 100 for seated receptions.

Area: 2,400 sq. ft.
Accommodations: 125/100 Standing/Seated
Rental Cost: $2,500 + tax, and $100 maintenance for use of the piano

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Plant Park

Plant Park

Beautiful Plant Park separates Plant Hall and the Hillsborough River. A modern sculpture, entitled “Sticks of Fire,” marks the center of the park. The base of the sculpture portrays a fountain that faces the entrance of the park. Facing the river is a platform area that is adequate for wedding ceremonies and other special events. The eight-acre park is able to accommodate picnics, art shows and wedding receptions.

Area: 2,400 sq. ft.
Area: 8 acres
Rental Cost: $2,800 + tax

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East Verandah


The East Verandah adjoins majestic Plant Hall. With two-story ceilings, this outside location looks out on Plant Park and the Hillsborough River through intricate original carved filigree woodwork. This space is often reserved for small brunches, teas, and stand-up cocktail parties with up to approximately 150 guests.

Accommodations: 150/70 Standing/Seated
Rental Cost: $800 + tax

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