7 Lubbock-Safe Venues for Your Next Event

Written By McKenna Dowdle

December 07, 2020

From cancellations and postponements to venue restrictions and event guidelines, planning a socially distant meeting during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented meeting professionals with a unique set of challenges. This is why the team at Visit Lubbock is well-prepared and ready to assist you in planning a successful and safe event, when the time is right. As a natural socially distant location in the South Plains, Lubbock knows a thing or two about maintaining space. With a plethora of sanitized venues to choose from, each facility is equipped to offer guests a positive experience from a healthy distance. 

DoubleTree By Hilton | 505 Ave. Q

The DoubleTree by Hilton is NOW OPEN and boasts four meeting rooms with a total of 4,500 square feet of meeting space. The largest room available features 2,000 square feet of open space, perfect for any room setup. This hotel offers a capacity of 250 for receptions, 250 for theaters, 160 for banquets and 125 in classrooms, making it a premier location for your next event. 

In addition, the hotel offers 140 guest rooms, making a total of 600 hotel rooms now available within two blocks of Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, all in full service hotels! Book your event today and receive exceptional service (as well as those delicious chocolate chip cookies).

Cotton Court Hotel | 1610 Broadway St.

Lubbock’s newest boutique hotel is open and ready to host your event! Designed to replicate a 19th-century cotton gin that was likely servicing the city, this hotel puts a chic twist on Lubbock’s agricultural roots while providing a value that can’t be beat. The Cotton Court is a full-service hotel accommodated by 165 sleeping rooms, complimentary breakfast pastries, a unique social scene outside paired with a pool, the Midnight Shift restaurant and bar and is in close proximity to shopping and entertainment. The hotel is complete with 4,250 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, with the largest room offering 3,500 square feet, a full catering kitchen and 12-foot high ceilings. This event space can hold up to 300 people for banquet and receptions, 320 for theater-style and 216 at classroom capacity. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, shuttle service, internet access and AV setup. 

The Cotton Court Hotel is taking the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all guests. At this time, event goers are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance. All events are at 50% capacity. 

Did we mention it is also pet friendly? For the full Lubbock experience, keep the Cotton Court Hotel in mind when booking your future meetings!

Overton Hotel and Conference Center | 2322 Mac Davis Ln.

As Lubbock’s premier hotel and conference center, guests will find themselves fully consumed by the West Texas atmosphere. This hotel does not lack charm or charisma with its full-service restaurant, The Pecan Grill. The Overton features 303 upscale rooms and suites, a complimentary airport shuttle, premier fitness and business centers, and nine meeting rooms that hold capacity from 12 people to 1,200. The Overton was designed by meeting and conference professionals featuring 20,000 square feet of all the resources you need for effective, memorable and productive events. This property also offers an 11,250-square-foot, column-free ballroom/exhibit area with sound-deadening walls to convert the space into three separate rooms. Two levels of conference facilities are available to host any event, from an intimate board meeting to an elegant ballroom for a banquet or reception. 

While attending a conference, meeting or special event at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, guests can feel at peace with the guidelines and protocol in place to ensure a positive experience. With over 20,000 square feet of space, there is plenty of room for social distance. Along with hand sanitizer stations placed throughout all public areas including the lobby, elevators and conference center foyer, attendees are asked to practice responsible and safe measures, like wearing masks, during this time. 

MCM Elegante | 801 Ave, Q

Located on Avenue Q and Glenna Goodacre, the MCM Elegante is an affordable option at just $109 per night. This hotel is centrally based between Texas Tech University and the Arts District in downtown Lubbock. Complete with 293 recently renovated rooms, a restaurant in the lobby and other noteworthy amenities including 15,000- square feet of meeting space, including a 7,000-square-foot conference center with pre-function space in the South Plains Conference Center Foyer, whether you are visiting for a conference at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center or a weekend trip, you can’t go wrong choosing the MCM Elegante. The hotel offers nine meeting rooms with a total capacity of 1,000 for reception-style as well as onsite sales and meeting professionals to help you with your event.

During these challenging times, the MCM Elegante is working hard to ensure the safety of their guests through regular sterilization of the facility. The hotel and conference center asks that each attendee maintain appropriate social distance, wash their hands and wear a mask. 

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center | 1501 Mac Davis Ln.

The structural layout and architectural design of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center combine beauty and versatility making it a convenient and impressive accommodation for any event, be it a meeting, trade show, concert or convention. As one of the largest event venues in Lubbock, with the capacity for up to 4,914 in the Exhibit Hall, 1,403 in the Theatre and 1,400 in the Moe Turner Banquet Hall. In addition to its large areas, the Civic Center offers a variety of smaller break-out spaces to accommodate your needs. The facility has 1,500 on-site parking spaces, 12 meeting rooms, a 40,000-square-foot, column-free exhibit hall, over 1,400-seat theatre, a versatile banquet hall with an automatic wall partition and more.

Located downtown, attendees are within walking distance to restaurants and art galleries, the Depot Entertainment District, a variety of restaurants, shopping, Texas Tech University, the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport and Lubbock’s newest world-class attraction, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences.

Owned and operated by the City of Lubbock, the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center abides by all local guidelines including keeping events at 50% capacity, requiring masks, taking temperatures at the door, putting in place socially distant tables and one-way aisles, as well as increasing the sanitation stations throughout the facility.

National Ranching Heritage Center | 3121 4th St.
A 27-acre site dedicated to preserving the history and culture of ranching in West Texas, the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) is a popular venue in town. Event planners can choose from one of two event spaces, each with perks of their own. The climate-controlled, 1,600-square-foot Anderson Room features the latest audio-visual technology you may need for a meeting, presentation or small gathering. Meanwhile, the Pitchfork Pavilion is a 2,000-square-foot space with wood-paneled walls and vaulted ceilings best suited to dinners and receptions.

The NRHC strictly abides by all local guidelines and is under the jurisdiction of Texas Tech University. 

English Newsom Cellars at Caprock Winery | 408 E Woodrow Rd.
Pair your next event with a glass of wine! English Newsom Cellars offers both an elegant and unique event location on the South Plains. The winery grounds and barrel room offer a relaxed atmosphere with an upscale, fine dining setting. Located on the perimeter of the city, English Newsom Cellars takes away the hustle and bustle of life, offering an intimate location with beautiful views. 

English Newsom Cellars is closely monitoring the recent public health crisis and abiding by the guidelines set by local government officials. In addition to increasing the number of sanitizing supplies, face masks are also required at the winery.

As you can see there is a lot to look forward to in Lubbock in 2021. Whether you are planning a small, intimate reception or a corporate meeting, the “Hub City” is well-equipped to assist you during these challenging times. Visit www.visitlubbock.org to plan your next event in the 806 today! 

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