Community and Private Events

Please note that Open Gates is currently unavailable for private events as it is undergoing construction.

Open Gates offers elegant conference and event spaces with full-service amenities. It is available for all non-UTMB events when the activity is consistent with UTMB’s mission and goals. In addition, faculty, staff, students, Development Board members and President’s Cabinet members may host private events in the facility as availability permits. (fees apply) 

Open Gates Panoramic Pic

Open Gates Rental Fee (per day):

Entire First Floor $500
Entire Second Floor $500
Entire House $1000

Reservations will not be confirmed more than 6 months in advance.  For additional information, call us at (409) 747-6753 or email Tilly Clark at

Food/Beverage and Room Set-Up

  • Rooms come with tables and chairs, however, they are not set up. Room setup, food and beverages in all facilities MUST be provided exclusively by the Department of Catering and Special Events (Policy 2.6.9, Food Services Policy). Click Place a Catering Order or you may contact Catering at x29577 or email Tammy Ramirez at to discuss menu and pricing. A fee will be assessed by this department.
  • All orders are to be placed with a minimum of two (2) business days prior to the event.
  • Special requests for items not routinely provided on the UTMB's catering menu may be arranged through Catering office.


  • Use of alcoholic beverages is not allowed prior to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.
  • All alcohol must be purchased through the Department of Catering and Special Events and cannot be taken from the facility.
  • All UTMB Health events held on or off campus that wish to serve alcohol MUST submit an Alcohol Service Request form for approval prior to event date.

Audio/Visual Equipment

Open Gates - Wedding tent
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Open Gates Panoramic Pic Open Gates - Solarium cake table
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