Located in the heart of Syracuse, New York, The Oncenter offers couples a banquet hall-style venue to host their wedding or other special occasion. The venue is a three-city-block facility, comprised of the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, the War Memorial Arena, and the John H. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters. Each facility supplies couples with a unique event space for their wedding concepts.
Facilities and Capacity
The Oncenter specializes in weddings of 250 or more guests, and can accommodate up to 2,000 individuals. Guests have easy access to the centers via an enclosed walkway that connects the venue to a 1,000-car parking garage, complete with wheelchair access. The convention center boasts a multipurpose, 65,000-square-foot exhibit hall; a 15,000-square-foot ballroom; an atrium; and main lobby areas. The War Memorial Arena is the home of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, and can be tailored to fit a variety of needs. In addition to a 7,000-seat arena, the space offers an assembly hall meeting space, and exhibit space. The third space is the civic center, with spacious lobby areas for receptions, two theaters, and the BeVard Studio. The various spaces at The Oncenter may be used for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners.
Covered by liability insurance, the facility can supply couples with their own dedicated event planner to assist in coordinating their big day. In addition to set up and clean up, they also offer get-ready rooms, catering service, bar service, and the following event rentals:
Couples may have their event catered by The Oncenter, which can serve buffet, family-style, plated, or stationed menus. Chef Gerald Jerry Bolton has been the executive chef at The Oncenter for more than 22 years, and offers his skills to provide wonderful culinary creations for events. Together with Chef Bolton and The Oncenter’s catering managers, couples can plan cuisine custom-tailored for their day, whether they need breakfast, lunch, dinner, or reception fare. Couples may also choose to provide their own cake from an outside bakery, although the catering team at the facility can design a wedding cake as well. Bar service is also an option, from a cash or open bar. Holding a liquor license, the venue can provide:
Recommended by 99% of couples
Aisha · Married on 11/26/2016
Julianna was the BEST. She made sure each and every one of my concerns was addressed, and she went out of her way to help make our special day a reality. Despite our reception being on a holiday weekend, Julianna made sure she was always available to help with any last minute changes or concerns. Our reception was everything I could have hoped it would be!! And thank you to chef Kyle as well, for an amazing buffet spread!Sent on 12/04/2016
Caitlin · Married on 09/17/2016
I'm going to be completely honest - The Oncenter was not our first choice for our wedding. We had looked around Syracuse for a great location, and thought we had found one, but the prices and the people were not as nice and helpful as we had hoped. I went to a bridal show at The Oncenter and that is when my mother introduced me to Julianna. I remember her telling me to just come in for a quick meeting to see what they could do, but they obviously wanted me to choose the location I felt was right for my wedding, which helped take off some of the pressure. When we met with Julianna, my fiancé and I were sold - she and I immediately hit it off and the rest was history! She is one of the nicest people I've ever met, and you can tell that she loves what she does (and she's phenomenal at it!) Julianna made sure that everything we wanted was accomplished (even going above and beyond to have The Oncenter build us a s'mores bar!) and she worked with our budget to make sure that we got what we wanted without going over, and made sure we were comfortable throughout the entire process. The food was phenomenal and the venue looked like a dream (both of which people are still talking about, three months after the wedding!) I really cannot say enough good things about The Oncenter, Julianna and the staff there. They made our special day truly magical, and if I had to go back and do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing!Sent on 12/15/2016
User4056057 · 2+ years ago
Meghan was amazing to work with at the Oncenter and so great in dealing with all of the attention to details! She was quick to get back to us all the time and even offered to let us text her questions at any time. She responded to emails even when she was on her days off. Our reception turned out beautifully and was exactly what I pictured. With such a large company we had many options to personalize our event to fit us as a couple!!Sent on 04/13/2015