Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center

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The Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center is a multipurpose facility located one mile north of the University of Arkansas campus, just off of Garland Avenue. The facility houses many spaces available for rental, including the following:

  • A 100′ x 250′ riding arena with seating for 750 people
  • A 2,500 square foot foyer with a small kitchen
  • A 10,000 square foot show barn adjacent to the arena with 25 pens, scales, a squeeze chute, and a washing & drying area
  • Three classrooms (can be used alone or combined into a space for larger events)
  • A small conference room
  • A 125′ x 200′ outdoor practice arena (not available during academic year)

Fit for a diverse group of events, the center has hosted everything from Insect Festival, to dog shows, to student awards banquets, to a variety of other ag-related events. Please see our rates and booking information below to get started with your reservation.

Daily University Rate
Daily Non-University Rate

Foyer/Kitchen Only



Classroom (single)



Classroom (Combined)



Entire Indoor Facility



Outdoor Practice Arena*



Livestock Holding Facility (Single)*



Livestock Holding Facility (Full)*



*Can only be rented in conjunction with rental of Entire Facility.

Hourly Rate (University & Non-University)


Before/After Hours Fee






Cleaning, Front-end Loader




Darren Bignar
(479) 575-2169

Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center
1335 W. Knapp Street
Fayetteville, AR 72704

Booking a Space

Our facilities are available for rental between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. Rental outside of these hours is subject to an additional fee, outlined above. The Outdoor Practice Arena is not available to rent during the academic year.

To reserve a space in the Pauline Whitaker Center, please call 479-575-2169 or email during regular business hours.


Deposits, Payments, and Cancellations

A $500.00 refundable deposit is required for all reservations, along with a signed Use Agreement. These must be received by the Division at least 30 days prior to the Usage Move-In, or the reservation will be cancelled.

A rental may be cancelled by either party, without penalty, by providing written notice to the other party at least 30 days prior to the event.

  • If notice of cancellation is given less than 30 days prior to the move-in date, then the renter will forfeit $250.00 of their deposit.
  • If notice of cancellation is given less than 10 days prior to the move-in-date, then the renter will forfeit the entire $500.00 deposit.