The University Center was renamed the Sadler Center in honor of Sam Sadler, class of 1964, M.Ed. 1971 and longtime Vice President of Student Affairs . The name change was announced during the Commencement ceremony on May 11, 2008.

To make way for the University Center, Lodges 1, 3, and 5 were demolished. The building was dedicated as a $12.5 million student activities building and opened in January 1994. Comedian and actor Adam Sandler was the first headline act to perform in the venue.

Located near Walter J. Zable Stadium, the Sadler Center houses everything from the Commonwealth Auditorium – William & Mary’s largest auditorium after Phi Beta Kappa Hall -- to a number of multi-purpose rooms used by students, faculty and staff. It is home to one of campus's largest dining halls as well as the student post office and Lodge 1, a programming venue run by Alma Mater Productions (AMP).