1420 E. Broadway Ct, Newton, KS | 316-284-3100

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Our mission: To provide best-in-class experience for events and meetings in a state-of-the-art, contemporary atmosphere, with exceptional value and service to our customers and clients.

Community

Our mission: To provide best-in-class experience for events and meetings in a state-of-the-art, contemporary atmosphere, with exceptional value and service to our customers and clients.

The Meridian Center is a 15,000 square foot facility dedicated to providing a best-in-class experience for your wedding, conference, meeting or social event. The Meridian Center is located in Newton, Kansas at the crossroads of I-135 and US Highway 50. It features beautiful modern décor, a large, inviting lobby perfect for receptions, modern lighting, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and a full-service kitchen including beer, wine and liquor service.

With the ability to accommodate groups from 5 to 500, rates ranging from $50 to $250 per hour and a professional staff dedicated to your satisfaction, the Meridian Center truly is the choice for your next event.

Here to serve you

Michael Lunsford

Michael Lunsford

General Manager

General Manager Michael began his tenure at the Meridian Center while it was still under construction in 2011. His career prior to taking the reins included a diverse background in operations, sales and marketing, hospitality and corporate event planning. He enjoys building strategic partnerships within the community and serves in a leadership role on several local boards of directors. The greatest satisfaction Michael receives from his position is knowing that Meridian Center staff members genuinely care and are passionate about creating special event memories for guests. When not at work, Michael has been known to travel great distances to watch his children play sports or a musical instrument, or compete in martial arts tournaments.

Eliza Johnson

Eliza Johnson

Event Coordinator

Event Coordinator Eliza started her career in the service industry at the ripe old age of 15. She fell in love with taking care of people and enjoyed ensuring her customers received the best customer service possible. After many years in restaurant management, she helped grow a small, family-owned catering business into a multi-million dollar force in the Wichita market. Eventually, Eliza decided to accept a job closer to home and joined the Meridian Center in late 2016. Eliza has many passions in life – her family, her menagerie of rescue cats, and making sure every single person who enters the Meridian Center receives the best experience possible. Eliza’s clients are her top priority and their event is as important to her as it is to them. From the first consult to the sparkler exit, count on Eliza being there to ensure everything goes exactly as planned.

Katie Doornbos

Katie Doornbos

Chef

Chef Katie fell in love with food at an early age and decided to pursue it as a career. She began her food service career as an intern at a local country club while attending culinary school at Butler Community College. She then became kitchen manager at a Wichita club known for its fantastic food experience before honing her skills as executive chef with a Wichita area Indian and Pakistani restaurant. Chef Katie joined the Meridian Center as Food and Beverage Manager in October of 2018. While she always enjoys learning more about world cuisine, her favorite food to cook is Thai because of the variety and balance. When it comes to eating, Chef Katie has never met a burrito she didn’t immediately fall in love with.

Angie Moore

Angie Moore

Guest Services Specialist

Guest Service Specialist Angie moved to Newton in 2001 and started working at the Meridian Center as a part time server in 2012. She has served in many capacities during her tenure, moving to her current position in 2018. Angie truly enjoys interacting with guests and her favorite thing about working at the Meridian Center is doing all she can to ensure they have an amazing experience while in her care. If Angie could attend an event at the Meridian Center as a guest it would be anything with a dance floor because “cutting a rug” is one of her favorite pastimes.

Upcoming Special Events

Upcoming Special Events

At the Crossroads

In the early 1900s, a prominent Newton citizen, Mr. John C. Nicholson, had a vision. From that vision, the Meridian Highway was born.

The Meridian Highway would run along the 6th Principle Meridian, connecting Canada to Mexico. It eventually became US 81 and the precursor to Interstate 135 on which the Meridian Center is situated. Later, Mr. Nicholson would create a plan to bring US Highway 50, connecting the East and West Coast and intersecting the Meridian Highway, right through Newton, KS.

Newton’s location at the crossroads of these major freeways continues to shape and define its economic development and forward-thinking community growth. The Meridian Center, named for the vision of the Meridian Highway, is the perfect location for your event.

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