DPAC Meetings & Special Events

Set the Stage for Success

DPAC is a state-of-the-art, full-service event facility that is ready to host your next event. Whether you need a home for a reception, meeting, conference, new product launch or other special event, our staff has the experience, skills, and customer-driven philosophy to make your production a smash success.

We’ll assist you with everything needed for a great event including catering services, audio/visual equipment, room set up designs, and any other request that will help make your next event an outstanding one. We also have access to specially qualified vendors that can provide special themed decorations, flowers, ice sculptures, and superstar entertainment.

Available Rental Spaces

BlueCross BlueShield of NC Atrium

A perfect setting for catered events, the dramatic three-story glass-walled lobby offers over 15,000 square feet of event space for gatherings of up to 1,000 guests. Rental rates starts at $5,000 (plus staffing, security, clean-up and other expenses).

Mildred and Dillard Teer Stage

Our 6,000 square foot stage doubles as a unique meeting, reception or party space and offers the magic of being onstage for groups of up to 500 guests. Rental rates starts at $5,000 (plus staffing, security, clean-up and other expenses).

Performance Theater

The atmosphere inside DPAC is contemporary yet comfortable, with vibrant red carpeting and warm wood accents. There are over 2,700 seats distributed on three levels (1,400 on the Orchestra floor, 600 in the Grand Tier, and 700 in the Balcony) with the furthest seat only 135 feet from the center stage. Rental rates start at $10,000 for the full 2,700 seats and $7,500 for a reduced 2,000 seat configuration (plus staffing, clean-up, security, ticketing, sound-lights and other expenses).

Reserving Dates

As the operators of DPAC, PFM / Nederlander have contracted with the City of Durham for the exclusive right to stage Events at DPAC. Based on calendar availability and the viability of proposed events, DPAC will at times make open dates available for rental by outside groups.

Our event calendar is busy and competition for open dates is very high. While we would like to host every event possible at DPAC, we apologize that we cannot accommodate all requests. Priority for open dates is given to in-house events presented by DPAC which require over 200 dates per year.

No date is guaranteed or should be considered firm until a signed contract is executed along with payment of all applicable deposits.

For events where tickets will be sold to the general public, rental clients must provide proof of successful track record of presenting events in large theaters or other venues of 2,000 seats or more. In addition, rental clients for ticketed events must demonstrate the commercial viability of their presentation including a marketing plan designed to deliver sales of at least 1,500 tickets.

Please note that dates for private events or weddings, cannot be reserved more than 90 days prior to the date of interest. While we understand that this timetable does not meet the goals of some community events, special event planners, or other potential rental clients, we have found that this policy of calendar management best fits our primary mission of hosting the biggest Broadway, concert, comedy, and special events on tour.

Interested in more information or to check on dates and pricing? To begin the next steps to rent DPAC, please complete our online rental application here.