Event Venue Guide


Drake Performance and Event Center

At a glance
  • Accomodates over 1,000 guests
  • Alcohol service permitted
  • Indoor event facility
  • Meeting room
  • Reception area
  • Auditorium
  • Nearby parking
  • Wi-fi

A full-service facility with an iconic presence on Ohio State’s campus

Beautiful river view, convenient location near Ohio Stadium, value and affordability—the Drake Performance and Event Center is a full-service facility with an iconic presence on Ohio State’s campus. The building’s easy-to-find location along Cannon Drive provides guests with quick and easy entrance access. Home to the Department of Theatre, the Drake offers multifaceted event options from professional performance space and reception areas to spots that are perfect for tailgating, both indoor and outdoor. Featuring charming woodwork and comfortably flexible spaces, the Drake is a great option when an event calls for an “out-of-the-way” environment.

  • 600-seat proscenium arch theatre
  • 275-seat black box theatre
  • Large lobby area overlooking the Olentangy River
  • Located within walking distance to Ohio Stadium
  • Unique outdoor spaces
  • Small breakout spaces in North and South Glass Lounges and the second floor classrooms
  • Semi-covered patios overlooking the Olentangy River
  • On-site catering and restaurants

Offering the convenience of one-stop-planning, the Drake Performance and Event Center features on-site audio/visual support, a variety of event and presentation equipment, and on-site event support.

Dining and Catering

The Drake offers a well-rounded menu of dining options, from The PAD’s made-to-order pizza to up-scale dining at the ViewPoint, a unique restaurant that also serves as a lab experience for Ohio State’s Hospitality Management students. The Drake is fully equipped to serve any type of catered event, from tailgate burgers and brats to a formal wedding dinner.

Contact Information

1849 Cannon Dr.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-8597
Fax: (614) 292-8599
E-mail: drakesales@osu.edu
Web site: http://drake.osu.edu/page/home/