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

Director of hospitality

Michael began his tenure at the Meridian Center while it was still under construction in March of 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!

Reuben Garcia

Reuben Garcia

Chef

Reuben fell in love with food at an early age and decided to pursue it as a career. He began working in his family’s restaurant as a dishwasher at an early age. As he gained experience, he struck out on his own, eventually landing in one of the premier conference facilities in the area. After honing his skills cooking great food and managing event staff for some of the largest groups in Kansas, he left his longtime employer to join the Meridian Center team in April of 2021. While Reuben always enjoys learning more about various types of cuisine, his favorite foods to cook are Mexican and Italian. When not cooking, Reuben enjoys music, video games and sports.

Angelica Rhoden

Angelica Rhoden

Administrative assistant

Angelica joined the staff in July of 2021. While her title is administrative assistant, her contribution to the success of your event goes well beyond being the friendly voice on the phone and the smiling face at reception. With over a decade of customer service and food and beverage operations experience, Angelica takes great joy in creating memorable experiences for our guests. Angelica also flexes her creative muscles while managing our social media accounts and taking care of numerous graphic design projects. When not working, Angelica enjoys walking her dogs, game nights with friends, and stitching hand embroidery creations.

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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