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Room Setup Options

Fetzer Center offers many room setups to meet your event's needs. Our flexible room arrangements make it easy to accommodate the following options:


Auditorium style

Auditorium (or theatre) style seating allows the greatest number of people to fit comfortably into one room. Auditorium seating is designed for lectures and other forms of one-way communication, such as a presentation given from the front of the room.


Classroom style

In classroom-style seating, rectangular tables are arranged in horizontal rows so that participants are facing the front of the room. Classroom style is used when participants will need to write or refer to handouts during the meeting.


Conference style

This closed-square or rectangular seating arrangement is used for meetings where participants are encouraged to interact, problem-solve, and negotiate. Since every person can see each group member, a leader may or may not be necessary.



U-shaped, or open-square/rectangle seating, is used to combine a lecture or presentation format with group interaction. This seating structure is often combined with video conferencing.