Due to Covid-19 and Saginaw Valley State University's continued effort to maintain a safe environment for our students the Ryder Center facilities will remain closed to guests until the end of February 2021.

Athletic & Expo Events

The Conference Center at SVSU is the ideal location for your athletic or expo event, offering 12+ venues. 

The SVSU Fieldhouse is host to many collegiate and high school track meets as well as numerous local community organizations utilizing the space for club soccer, track and field, baseball and softball practices.  Our Gerstacker Regional Aquatics Center has become the premier location for swim meets for college, high school and community clubs.  Community events and competitions ranging from the Home Builders Association of Saginaw Home Show, FIRST Robotics State Competition, State Color Guard Competition, local Special Olympics and Relay for Life utilize the O'Neill Arena for its ample size, flexibility, amenities and more.

When you book your event at SVSU, not only do you have a wide array of expansive and functional locations to choose from you also gain access to some of the best professional services in the Great Lakes Bay Region tailored to suit your personal needs.

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Browse through our various venue options and click on the location to learn more.

SVSU Fieldhouse

The SVSU Fieldhouse is a premiere facility and host to many state-wide competitions and events.  It includes an 85-yard football field with a field turf surface, a 300-meter indoor track with timing booth for all indoor track meets and four full batting cages for baseball & softball training. In addition, it is connected to the other venues and amenities within the Ryder Center. This is the second facility of its kind at the NCAA Division II level.

James E. O' Neill Arena

Our James E. O' Neill Arena arena is a 60,000 square foot facility with a seating capacity of up to 3,500 guests.

Hamilton Gymnasium

The Hamilton Gymnasium is 10,000 square feet with a seating capacity of up to 616 guests.  This venue is the home court for the SVSU Women's Volleyball Team and also hosts high school students for DECA, MITES, and gives an opportunity for swim teams to regroup before a competition.  

Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium

SVSU's Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium has state-of-the-art Desso Turf surface, Musco Lighting and a Daktronics video board. Wickes Stadium has an official seating capacity of 6,800 and shuttle service is available at this location.

Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center

The premier Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region, seating 720+ spectators and has become the premier location for numerous college, high school and community clubs swimming and diving championships.

Banquet Rooms

Our spacious Banquet Rooms (61KB) can adapt to any event. Rooms range from 2,500 to 10,000 square feet and can comfortably accommodate 600-800 guests.

Planning Your Event with Professional Coordinators

When you schedule your event with The Conference Center at SVSU we will assist you in planning every aspect to ensure a complete and successful event. We will guide you throughout the planning process, providing you with personal, one-on-one service throughout to ensure all needs are covered and your event is seamless.

Cardinal Concessions Building


The Conference Center at SVSU offers a variety of concessions options for event attendees at both the Ryder Center and outdoor athletics facilities.

Your event attendees will be provided with the ultimate in convenience as concessions stands are found in several easy-to-access locations with a variety of menu options. From traditional favorites such as hot dogs and popcorn to specialty items such as salads and sandwiches, SVSU concessions will keep your guests happy and full during your athletic event.

Also, concessions stands are equipped to take credit card, adding one more element of convenience for your guests.

Online Ticket Ordering

Box Office & Ticketing Services

The SVSU Box Office provides centralized ticketing services for all programs and activities held on campus that require a ticket for admissions.

Tickets can be purchased either On-line or at the Box Office (two hours prior to an event): 

When tickets are purchased on-line, a link will be sent to your e-mail to either print or present as a mobile ticket(s).


The Conference Center at SVSU
Curtiss Hall 142
(989) 964-4348 / (989) 964-7487 - fax