Planning an Event
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Plan an event
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Located on the campus of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, the Thomas M. Ryan Center is Southern New England's premiere multi-purpose venue, offering a wide variety of configurations to accommodate any type of event. The arena can be subdivided to provide a half-house venue for smaller functions along with a theater style configuration that moves the stage from South arena floor to West arena floor. The event floor seating retracts to provide space suitable for family shows or trade conferences. A portable stage is available for concerts and performance events and the event floor itself can seat up to 500 for a banquet.

The Ryan Center, along with the Bradford Boss Ice Rink, a 2,400 seat community ice rink, is managed by Spectra Venue Management and offers full time staff assistance in marketing, ticketing, sound and video production, as well as various other aspects of event management. The 200,000 sq. ft venue boasts three tiers of seating in the arena to bring all 7,800 seats within 74-feet of the court, creating a frenzied atmosphere for both sporting events and concerts alike. Every seat in the Ryan Center has a chair-back, including our 1,120 club seats and features seven luxury suites that overlook both the Meade Stadium football field and the Alex and Ani basketball court at the Ryan Center. The luxury seats are exclusive and are each fully furnished, offering VIP treatment for up to twenty people.

Amenities include two brand new full-color LED video boards and a full arena ribbon wrap that offers complete full motion video capabilities. The state-of-the-art house sound system, designed with acoustic provisions, provides a full range of high power sound to all seats in the venue, including the concourse and Alumni Room making it suitable for any event. In addition, 44 LCD High Definition televisions are also installed throughout the facility to provide a live stream during events. Featured in all lobbies, concourse levels, suites, meeting rooms and artists’ dressing rooms the televisions create a constant connection between patrons and the action on the arena floor.


Concerts and events that play at the Ryan Center receive more than just an open floor venue. Our full service marketing department offers advertising expertise & relationships with local media outlets.

In addition to media buying, public relations and show promotional support in the local marketplace, the Spectra marketing team works in partnership with promoters to showcase events through a variety of methods and relationships.