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The Bone Student Center serves as the "Gateway to Campus" and the hub of campus activities. Restaurants in the Center include McAlister's Deli, Einstein Bros.Bagels, Burger King, and Pizza Hut Express. A TicketMaster Box Office outlet, ISU Credit Union, TechZone, Redbird Card Office, PIP Printing, a convenience store, and the Illinois State University Bookstore in partnership with Barnes and Noble, are also in the Center. Adjacent to the Center is the Bowling and Billiards Center and a 500-space parking lot. Braden Auditorium is connected to the Bone Student Center and seats 3,457. It offers premier entertainment for the University and the community.

A Taste of Excellence Catering is also located in the Bone Student Centers and provides catering service, from breakfast buffets to served dinners, for all events scheduled in the Center. Visit the catering website or call (309) 438-5504 for more information about A Taste of Excellence Catering.

Hours of Operation

For hours of operation, as well as specific venue hours inside the building, please visit BoneStudentCenter.IllinoisState.edu.


For details on Bone Student Center restaurant hours, please visit the following pages:


Whether you need a meeting room for 20, a banquet hall for 500, or an auditorium for 3,400, you'll find the Bone Student Center provides a warm and appealing environment. Below is a description of room available for rental.

BBC Activity Room

The Activity Room, located in the Bowling and Billiards Center (BBC), is the perfect room for any medium to large size gathering. It is ideal for parties, celebrations, meetings, and more. You'll appreciate the small built-in stage, large projection screen and multiple electric outlets.

Contact us today at (309) 438-2222 to make your reservation.

Brown Ballroom

The Brown Ballroom is one of the largest rooms in the Bone Student Center. With a large stage, theatrical lighting, large screen, and tile floor surface, it's perfect for large seminars, banquets, wedding receptions, bridal shows, concerts, and other large events. For your convenience, a double door entrance is also available to haul large equipment or even small vehicles.

The Brown Ballroom is one of our most popular rooms and the demand for its use is usually high. If you are interested in the room, contact us right away at (309) 438-2222 to schedule your event.

Braden Auditorium

Braden Auditorium is well-known across central Illinois for its large 3, 483 seating space with outstanding views and innovative stage design. Braden hosts Broadway shows, touring companies, concerts, ballets, conferences and much more!

Contact us today at (309) 438-2222 to learn more about Braden Auditorium and current availability.

Circus Room

Contact us today at (309) 438-2222 to make your reservation.

Founders Suite

Named in honor of the founders of Illinois State University, this suite is private and comfortable. It is comprised of a welcome foyer with coat closet, ornate lounge area and a private meeting room. The lounge area contains a relaxing couch, lounge chairs and end tables; while the chandelier lighting and oil paintings of former Illinois State University presidents add to the professional and private atmosphere. The meeting room continues the ambience with space appropriate for your next board meeting, executive retreat, intimate reception, or discussion forum.

Contact us today at (309) 438-2222 to reserve this suite.

Old Main Room

The Old Main Room is a warm, inviting room with wall- to-wall carpeting and portraits of historical University presidents on the walls. It is the perfect setting for your next luncheon, reception, meeting, presentation or exhibit.

Contact our scheduling office today at (309) 438-2222 to make your reservation.

Prairie Room

Contact us today at (309) 438-2222 to make your reservation.

Spotlight Room

The Spotlight Room provides the perfect atmosphere for productivity. The fully carpeted space provides a white board and can be set-up as a hollow square for 30 people or can be converted to audience style seating for 50 people. The room is decorated with posters from past Braden Auditorium events.

Contact us today at (309) 438-2222 to reserve this room.


The Bone Student Center/Braden Auditorium serves as the Gateway to Campus. Named after Robert G. Bone, President of Illinois State University from 1956-67, whom many say knew every student's name on campus. In 1973, the Illinois State University Union and Auditorium was constructed. During the University's 125th Anniversary Celebration in February of 1982, the facility was renamed the Bone Student Center/Braden Auditorium. Honoring Dr. and Mrs. Robert Bone (President 1960-1967) and Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Braden (President 1967-1970). Bone Student Center/Braden Auditorium stand as a reminder of their dedication and commitment to the University's students.


The Bone Student Center is located on the northeast corner of W. College Ave and N. University St.

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