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.

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Event Manager

Event Manager Michael brings his passion for creating memorable moments to every event held at the center. With a background in theatre (including performance, technical design, and operations) and education, he brings a wide variety of skills to his position. Treating each event as an award winning production for the client is his number one goal.  Originally from Salina, Kansas, Michael received his education from Kansas State University and remains an avid Wildcat Fan!  He has been a professional actor/singer for 20 years, and has performed all over the country.  He finds that his performance background and event management / planning have many similarities; the biggest being the ultimate goal of making the customer happy! In his spare time, Michael enjoys a good book, television program or live theatre both onstage and off. He looks forward to working with you on your next event!

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.

Chantel Lagergren

Chantel Lagergren

Event Specialist

Event Specialist Chantel has been with the center since 2014 and has performed just about every duty imaginable during her time here. She started as a server and bartender and now assists with event planning, sales and operations. Chantel particularly enjoys working with brides and grooms planning their special day and includes her own wedding in the portfolio of events she’s planned during her tenure. Chantel takes great pride in making sure our guests have the best possible experience while in her care. In her down time, Chantel enjoys spending time with family activities including managing the BMX track where her children compete.

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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