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.

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Our venues are only available for rent during the summer months of May through July. 

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 Lounge Image
Floorplan (PDF)

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 dining salon for 230 guests.

Area: 6,400 square feet 
Accommodations: 400 Theatre/230 Dinner



Grand Salon

Fletcher Grand Ballroom
Floorplan (PDF)

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 200 guests. 

Area: 3,200 square feet
Accommodations: 200 Theatre/120 Dinner 
 



Music Room


Music Room Image
Floorplan (PDF)

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 up to 100 for seated receptions.

Area: 2,400 square feet
Accommodations: 150 Theatre/100 Dinner 
 

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University of Tampa Facilities Use/Rental Charges Fees and Deposits

Facility

Capacity (Theatre/Dinner)

Basic Charge

Maintenance Fee

Total Charge

Refundable Deposit

Fletcher Lounge

400/230

5,400

600

6,000

2,000

Grand Salon

200/120

3,500

500

4,000

2,000

Music Room

150/100

3,000

500

3,500

2,000

Falk Theatre

875

3,000

**Varies

**Varies

2,000

*Theater/dinner capacity reduces if space is needed for a dance floor.

**Maintenance fees vary and are to be contracted with the theatre director.

***In addition to these fees and deposits, a COI in the amount of $1,000,000 listing The University of Tampa as additional insured is required. 

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Commercial Film/Photo Guidelines

In order to perform a film or video shoot you will need the following:

  • Signed Facilities License Agreement

  • Signed Film Location Agreement

  • Certificate of Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming The University of Tampa, Inc. as an “Additional Insured” on the certificate

  • Please also keep in mind that we do not permit any images, logos or lettering of any kind identifying the university in any photograph, film or video image of any kind.  The names on the buildings and any signs would be required to be removed.

  • No areas are permitted to be blocked of passage at any time, as we will be in class session, and no students are permitted to be photographed without written permission and consent.

UT Commercial Film/Photo Fee Guidelines1 

  • Cleaning and Maintenance Fee* – Depending on site (per Facilities Rental).
    • $250-$500 per production.
  • Usage Fee2 – Includes set-up and breakdown time.
    • $150 per hour
  • Deposit – Depending on space (per Facilities Rental).
    • $2,000 check or credit card. Must be in hand prior to filming. Deposit will be refunded after production.
  • Overtime costs are to be included for UT staff support (IT, Campus Safety and Security, Facilities, etc.)

  • Any other university costs – seen or unforeseen – associated with the production shall be billed to the production company.

 

Notes
1Working media are exempt from all fees.
2Exceptions/special arrangements can be made for UT community projects.
*No exceptions will be made for commercial shoots. 
**Plant Park is a public space. Photographers/videographers are advised to contact UT to confirm space availability only. Taxes are not reflected in pricing.

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Submit an Inquiry Form

Our rental season is from early May through July without exception. If your event falls within our rental season, please submit our inquiry form

Schedule a Tour

Our staff is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to  5 p.m. At this time we do not perform weekend tours. Please email us to schedule a tour

Contact Us

Please direct all questions/concerns to our team at facilitiesrentals@ut.edu.  

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FAQs

  1. When is your rental season?
  2. Can I have my event during winter break?
  3. Can I take a venue tour on the weekend?
  4. May I use an outside caterer?
  5. Do alumni/staff receive a discount?
  6. What is included in my rental?
  7. Is there a discount for non-profit organizations?
  8. Can I rent the Chapel?
  9. Can I get married on the steps of Plant Hall?
  10. May I sell tickets to my event?
  11. What is needed to host my event here?
  12. Will staff be present at my event?
  13. I would like to use one space for multiple purposes. Is this ok?
  14. Is there a dressing room for the bride and groom?
  15. Do you provide media services or decor?
  16. Can I host a political event here?
  17. Can I prevent people from accessing Plant Hall during my event?
  18. Do you have a wedding guide?

1. When is your rental season?

Due to our limited space and growing student population, our rental season is from May-July.

2. Can I have my event during winter break?

Our rental season is from May-July without exception.

3. Can I take a venue tour on the weekend?

Our office operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will not be present on weekends. 

4. May I use an outside caterer?

All events must use our in-house caterer. This includes alcoholic beverages and bartenders. Please view the caterer's available selections

5. Do alumni/staff receive discounts?

Alumni receive a 10% discount and must stay within our rental season. Staff may email us for more information.

6. What is included in my rental?

The maintencance fee covers one setup per space, the use of our in-house tables and chairs, parking, and facility usage (electricity, water, etc). Please view our wedding guide for more information. 

7. Is there a discount for nonprofit organizations?

Nonprofits are entitled to tax exemptions with the appropriate forms. 

8. Can I rent the chapel?

The chapel is a non-rentable space.  

9. Can I get married on the steps of Plant Hall?

Plant Hall is a dominantly public space, and the public cannot be barred from having access to the lobby, restrooms or verandahs, including the front steps. Seating at the base of the steps is not permitted. Alterative options will be displayed during the venue tour. 

10. May I sell tickets to my event?

Unfortunately, The University of Tampa does not permit the sale of tickets for events.

11. What is needed to host my event here?

In order to officially book a space a 50% deposit is required upon signing a contract. The remaining balance, a $2,000 refundable damage deposit, and a COI in the amount of $1,000,000 listing The University of Tampa as additional insured is required no later than 30 days prior to the event date. 

12. Will staff be present at my event?

Your event coordinator may be present at your event subject to their availability. 

13. I would like to use one space for multiple purposes. Is this possible?

Each event receives one layout for their event per space. 

14. Is there a dressing room for the bride and groom?

No. Brides and grooms are welcome to use our public restrooms. The restrooms must remain public throughout the event. 

15. Do you provide media services or decor?

At this time we do not supply media services or decor. Floral arrangements may be done through our catering department

16. Can I host a political event here?

Political events require additional consideration and will be considered on a case by case basis. 

17. Can I prevent people from accessing Plant Hall during my event?

Plant Hall is a dominantly public space and the public cannot be barred from having access to the lobby, restrooms, or verandahs. Only the ballrooms are private. For events on the verandah, the area in front of the museum, stairs and main doors will remain public space and cannot be stanchioned off.

18. Do you have a wedding guide?

Please view our wedding guide.