Frequently Asked Questions


Do you cater?


The Ben Franklin Event Hall does not cater or staff any events. You can refer to our preferred vendors list if you would like a recommendation. You also have the freedom of catering the event yourself. The Brookings Commercial Kitchen is available for an additional fee and is conveniently connected to the event hall.

Can we bring in our own alcohol?


Yes! You can bring in and serve your own alcohol as long as you provide it free of charge to your guests. We can also recommend you to someone for bar service. 

Where do I park & where do I go? 


There are multiple overnight lots within walking distance from the Ben Franklin. There is also free downtown parking all day. There is one loading sport that can be accessed from the alley behind the BF. 

Is there transportation to my hotel?

If you use our preferred hotel The Comfort Suites University, you are able to utilize their shuttle. Shuttle must be reserved in advance.

When do we pay?


Do reserve your date we require a $500 refundable deposit. 2 weeks prior to your event we require full payment.



Still have questions? Send us a message!

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