University of Wisconsin-Parkside

The Rita, art gallery at University of Wisconsin-Parkside
The Rita, music at University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Four-year liberal arts university granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Modern 700-acre campus features world-class theatre, music and art presented in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities and its Frances Bedford Concert Hall. The Student Center features a ballroom, cinema and conference rooms serving groups of up to 400. Enjoy the disc golf course! 

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is one of 13 four-year campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. Founded in 1968 to better serve the needs of a growing population in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois, UW-Parkside offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and serves as an academic and cultural resource.

Located at Hwy. E & 30th Ave.


An Art-FULL Community

From art galleries to art museums and everything in between, Kenosha has art experiences for you to admire and to create yourself!


Adventures in Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

Fall 2018 Dates: September 17, September 24, October 8, October 15, November 5, November 19

UW-Parkside Theatre Presents War of the Worlds The Radio Play

October 12-14, 2018 and October 19-21, 2018

UW-Parkside Theatre Presents Midnight and Moll Flanders

November 30-December 2, 2018 and December 7-9, 2018

Kenosha Expo Health and Home Show

March 2, 2019 – March 3, 2019

UW-Parkside Theatre Presents Urinetown The Musical

March 15-17, 2019 and March 22-24, 2019

UW-Parkside Theatre Presents Loves Labours Lost

May 3-5, 2019 and May 10-12, 2019

Nearby Things

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Things to do
Things To Do

Meeting & Event Facilities

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is located on 750 acres of rolling woodlands and natural prairies and bounded by another 250 acres of county park, including an 18-hole watered fairway public golf course and 18-hole professional disc golf course. UW-Parkside is the perfect location for your banquet, reception, meeting, camp, conference or workshop, offering approximately 65 individual classrooms, lecture halls, meeting rooms and auditoriums. Two commercial style theaters comfortably seat 400 and 685. Also, over 1,200 running feet of brick paved concourse are suitable for exhibit booths or displays. Our buildings are interconnected, protecting visitors from outdoor elements year-round. Food service is available for full line catering from simple box lunches to white linen served banquets. Also, an expansive Sports & Activity Center is an ideal site to host expositions, conventions, trade shows and job fairs.

Plan Your Event

Facility Features: 

Total Meeting Space: 13,400 sq. ft.
Catering Available
Loading Dock Available
Number of Parking Spaces: 1,600

Room Square Footage:
Main Dining Room - 5,625
Union Square - 5,625
Cinema Theater
Rooms 104 + 106 - 1,440
Rooms 104, 106, 207 - 720

Sports Facilities

The UW-Parkside has the facilities and staff to make any event a success. The Sports & Activity Center includes the Frank J. Petretti Fieldhouse and De Simone Gymnasium. The Wayne D. Dannehl Cross Country Course is known as one of the best in the United States.

Major Events Hosted

  • NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships
  • NAIA Cross Country Championships
  • Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional
  • NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
  • NCAA Division I Fencing Championships
  • Nike Softball Camps
  • AAU Basketball Tournaments
  • ATA (taekwondo) Regional Competitions
  • Camp Kenosha: summer training site for Northwestern Wildcats Football

Sport No. of Surfaces
Track & Field: 1 200-meter Indoor/ 1 400-meter Outdoor
Basketball: 6 Courts
Volleyball: 9 Courts
Tennis: 4 Indoor
Soccer: 7 Fields
Baseball: 1 Field
Softball:  2 Fields
Disc Golf : 1 18-hole Course
Swimming: 1 25-yard Multi-Lane

De Simone Gymnasium

  • 3 basketball/volleyball courts
  • 25-yard multi-lane swimming pool
  • Seating capacity of 2,200

Brand New Strength & Conditioning Center

  • Wellness Center
  • Weight room
  • Locker rooms
  • Concessions

Frank J. Petretti Field House

  • 70,000 square feet
  • 200-meter indoor track
  • 3 basketball courts
  • 6 volleyball courts
  • 4 tennis courts
  • Locker rooms
  • Concessions

Wayne D. Dannehl Cross Country Course

  • Over 100,000 athletes have raced the course
  • A challenging and undulating route without sharp turns or narrow paths
  • Spectators can watch runners pass at 4 or 5 locations
  • Self-contained on a college campus, exclusively used for cross country
  • The only “pure” cross country course in the nation
  •  8 courses, ranging from 4-12K
  •  Each course has a permanent finish area

Wood Road Soccer Complex

  • Championship Field - 120 x 80 yards
  • 6 other regulation fields
  • Locker room facility
  • Sheltered team benches
  • Elevated Press Box
  • Raised Bleacher Seating for 1,000 spectators
  • Electronic Scoreboard
  • Concessions

In addition, state-for-the-art wellness center and brand-new strength and conditioning center. Also, the Case Softball Complex features two diamonds and the “Red” Oberbruner baseball diamond has stadium-style seating.


Tamie Falk-Day, UW-Parkside Athletic Director
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144
Ph. (262) 595-2485
Fx. (262) 595-2225