Clayton Conference Center

In the heart of the Mid-Atlantic

Delaware’s largest and most flexible venue for multi-day meetings and events sits on University of Delaware’s main campus which is loaded with amenities guests can enjoy.

Gathering Space

Flexible. Useful. Centering.

The lobby of Clayton Conference Center is a grand open space surrounded by classrooms, a theater-style auditorium, a ballroom, amphitheater, and private meeting spaces – making it easy to become a central gathering space throughout the day.


  • 4,800 sq. ft. of open space
  • Ideal space for pre-functions, mingling, and networking
  • Easy opportunity for quick breaks and lounging without being too far from the action
  • ADA Compliant

The Ballroom

Adjacent to our lobby is our Ballroom – one of the largest open spaces in Delaware. From award banquets to galas to simply lunch for 400, our ballroom has seen every style of event imaginable. For larger, informal affairs, guests can float between the lobby and ballroom.


  • 7,000 sq. ft. of open space that can be divided into two private spaces
  • Quick access from classrooms and auditorium
  • ADA Compliant

well polished, courteous, and enthusiastic

I am writing to let you know of the outstanding experience which was created by your staff at Clayton [Conference Center]. We hosted a full day seminar for over two hundred dentists and hygienists. I was impressed with how impeccably [Clayton Conference Center] has been maintained. 

We were greeted by a staff which could not do enough in helping us set up the reception area.  The morning buffet was already artistically arranged and the choices were fresh and exciting. Your team did an outstanding job with all of the AV management. 

During the day your folks checked in with our professional program coordinator to make sure that all of our needs were being met. Indeed they were met. I want to thank your entire team. Our speaker, who speaks nationally, remarked that the Clayton [Conference Center] conference operation was about the best that he had ever seen. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Barry K.


Classic. Uncomplicated. Just Right.

Every seat is a good seat in our auditorium. Ideal for Concurrent Sessions, Seminars, Keynotes, Orientations, Workshops, Panel Discussions, Summits, and Closing Ceremonies – maybe even a movie to lighten a long day.


  • Accommodates more than 500 guests
  • Adjacent to our Lobby and Ballroom
  • ADA Compliant

Classrooms and private meeting rooms at Clayton

We have 18 meeting and conference rooms in Clayton Conference Center and adjoining Pencader. They can be configured up to six ways to accommodate as few as 14 to as many as 700. Most rooms are ADA-compliant.

Take advantage of everything our Newark Campus has to offer.

Year-round accommodations for multi-day meetings

The Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware offers guests full hotel amenities, dining, and recreation year-round.

During the summer, guests can take advantage of our residence hall suites located throughout campus.

Recreation, libraries, labs, galleries, and a classic Main Street

We are one of the oldest universities in the nation, amassing top-notch amenities along the way. You’ll find plenty of open green spaces, recreation opportunities, labs of varying sizes, libraries, and galleries with special collections to enjoy during your stay. A walkable Main Street runs right through upper campus offering boutiques, coffee shops, bookstores, eateries, socializing, and entertainment.

Venue Services & Specifications

  • 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space including a spacious lobby and adjacent ballroom
  • Theater-style auditorium
  • Private meeting rooms
  • Amphitheater
Services & Amenities
  • Event Planning – a dedicated Event Manager from start to finish.
  • Full-service catering available
  • Audio-Visual Services: Everything you could need. View List
  • Business Center
  • High-speed WiFi
  • Ample parking
  • Adjacent to Courtyard Newark – University of Delaware
Dining, Lodging & Attractions
  • 7,011 sq. ft. Ballroom holds up to 400 dining guests
  • Private rooms for smaller gatherings
  • Full catering services
  • Option to utilize University Dining Halls


Courtyard Newark – University of Delaware next door
Residence Halls
Nearby full-service hotels

Area Attractions

Main Street Newark
White Clay Creek State Park
Top-notch golf courses
Brandywine attractions

View Floor Plans and
Seating Capacities

Catering Menus

Work directly with one of our Event Managers 

Our personal event managers have a combined 20 years of experience in hospitality. We work one-on-one with you to:

  • Strategize your objectives
  • Select the right capabilities for your meeting or event
  • Handle all the details from start to finish
  • Guide you every step of the way
  • Keep your budget in mind

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(302) 831-2214

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