Arrival Time + Late Seating
Out of courtesy for all patrons, we highly suggest arriving early to events in order to avoid being seated late. The doors of the main lobby of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center are generally open at least one hour before the event and individual venues generally open 30 minutes prior to the start of a performance. To be seated per your ticket, you must arrive on time.
Once a venue closes for a performance to begin, no latecomers will be admitted until an appropriate break occurs, as designated by the artist/performer. Late seating entry varies with each performance and may be significant — or even impossible. If you are seated late, you will be directed to an easily accessible seat in the rear of the venue until intermission. At intermission, you will be allowed to move to your original, ticketed seat.
We encourage you to allow extra time for parking and arrival during inclement weather and some University of Notre Dame varsity sporting events, especially on home football game Fridays and Saturdays. Please see und.com for all Notre Dame sport season schedules.
Acoustics + Accessibility
We take pride in our venue acoustics and state-of-the-art sound systems. However, some variables may occasionally hinder sound quality. Please let an usher know if you are having trouble hearing. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is committed to making our venues welcoming and accessible to all patrons. For accessibility information, click here.
As long as the artist can arrive to perform “the show will go on” as scheduled and contracted for. Refunds on ticket purchase price are not available. Please contact the Ticket Office at (574) 631-2800 for more information.
For your convenience, coat check is located on the west side of the main lobby, adjacent to the Ticket Office. Our complimentary coat check is generally open during the winter months. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Cameras, Cell Phones + Smart Devices
Patrons may not use cameras, cell phones, recording, or other electronic devices during events in the center’s venues except as authorized by the presenting organization. Unless permitted, please refrain from using your wireless devices for the duration of the event.
Please leave the venue to communicate on your phone or electronic device as a courtesy to everyone.
Enhance your entertainment experience through real-time event information and alerts, exclusive offers, and digital programs for select performances.
The center switched to digital programs in 2021. With the DPAC app, patrons are able to view their event tickets and digital programs from the convenience of their smart devices. The digital program allows for a more interactive experience while also reducing our environmental impact. If you don’t have the DPAC app, you can scan the QR code at the event to view the program in your mobile browser. Digital programs for the Presenting Series can also be found here.
Digital programs use dark backgrounds to minimize screen glare but we ask that patrons withhold viewing the program during the actual performance. Large print programs are available for Presenting Series performances upon request.
Food + Beverage
Enjoy a beverage from the comfort of your seat during the show! The center now sells a spill-proof souvenir cup for use in our venues during performances and events. DPAC spill-proof cups are the only cups permitted in the center’s venues.*
*The Browning Cinema does not require a spill-proof cup to enter the theater.
**Beer and wine only available at select performances.
Items purchased from the Vox Cafe, including soda, popcorn, and candy, may be brought into the Browning Cinema. A variety of snacks and drinks may be sold before performances and during intermission. Food is not permitted in any venue except the cinema at this time.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center does not have public phones. In an emergency situation, guests requiring the use of a phone should ask to be directed to the center’s House Management. Campus phones are located at the center of the building, on the upper level across from the elevator bank, as well as near the north, east and west entrances of the center. Campus phones do not have outside lines; they reach numbers only within the University network.
Lost or Stolen Items
Our staff collects any items left behind in the center. Please call the Ticket Office at (574) 631-2800 if you believe you have left something in our center. All lost and found items are collected monthly by Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP). If your lost item is not found in our building, please inquire with the NDSP at (574) 631-5555. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Certain events may be hosted at the following locations on campus:
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Organ recitals that are not held in the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall at the center will take place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Events held here are not ticketed and free to attend.
O’Neill Hall of Music
Located in the O’Neill Hall of Music, the 175-seat LaBar Recital Hall is perfect for performances of music for small ensembles by students, faculty, and guest artists. The O’Neill Hall of Music is located on the south side of the Notre Dame Stadium.
Unless a performance is listed on this website (e.g. Shakespeare at Notre Dame), the center does not ticket Washington Hall events. As the vast majority of Washington Hall performances are run by student clubs and organizations, those groups are responsible for ticketing their own events. Some tickets for performances may be reserved and/or purchased through the Student Activities Office at the LaFortune Student Center.
View our Directions and Parking page for more information. Additional information about traffic notices, construction updates, and shuttle routes can be found on the Notre Dame General Parking Information page.
Remaining Safe + Secure
The center is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of everyone who walked through the doors. Please refer to the center’s Health and Safety guidelines before visiting.