Reserve our rooms for weddings and meetings
The Center has rooms available for use for events and meetings of all sizes. We have facilities suited to a wide range of activities, from small group meetings to ballroom dance to batting practice. We can also provide catering for your event.
We opened our doors in 2008. With 34,000 square feet of space, we have a variety of rooms available for use from small meeting rooms to classrooms to large areas suitable for wedding receptions. In addition to the renovated Kupfer building, the Center also includes a 12,000 square foot gymnasium, an outside green, a splash pad and a direct connection to the Capital City Bike Trail. The Center offers wireless access throughout the facility.
For private events and parties:
Contact Kristi Kading, Facility Use Assistant
For classes and ongoing meetings:
Contact Margo Tiedt, Facility Use Manager
The Goodman Community Center does not endorse or support any political or religious groups using space at the center. Any political or religious group is a private facility renter.
What people are saying: "We held our wedding reception and, at the last minute because of poor weather, the ceremony at Goodman. We can't say enough about our experience. The space was beautiful, the food incredible and service top-notch. Specifically, Margo and David were phenomenal. They are both extremely knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and were able to answer questions and provide suggestions when necessary. As we struggled to make a last-minute decision about moving the ceremony indoors, we were most impressed with their willingness to work with us and accommodate changes, If you are looking for a beautiful and unique venue with experienced, knowledgeable staff that provides learning opportunities and supports the community, you will find no better place than Goodman Community Center." - Vicki & Karen
The Evjue Community Room
Evjue Community Room D is the beautiful and large community room on the south end of the building. The room has 19 windows that face both Waubesa Street and the Capital City Bike Path. The room is carpeted and also features a rough hewn oak wall. Evjue D seats up to 140 guests banquet style. When the moveable wall is opened to Evjue Room C, the room will accommodate up to 175 dinner guests. Please note that with room set ups to accommodate buffet tables, head tables or stage risers, seating capacity for guests may be significantly reduced, and some room arrangement may be needed by you during your event. Take a 360° Google Tour of the Evjue Room (and the whole building)
Evjue Community Room + Merrill Lynch Room
A combined space of our Evjue Community Room and Merrill Lynch Room. The Evjue room is carpeted, while the Merrill Lynch room has hardwood floors.
Merrill Lynch Room
Merrill Lynch Room / Evjue Room C has five windows that face Waubesa Street and also has a sprung wood floor. Evjue C is adjacent to Evjue D and separated by a movable partition wall. This room is larger than Bolz B, and will accommodate up to 40 persons, seated at tables, for a meeting.
Bolz A Room
Bolz Room A has nine windows that face Waubesa Street, carpeted floors, an attached service kitchen (additional cost) and will seat up to 72 individuals. When movable partition wall is opened to Bolz Room B, the combined space will seat 100.
Bolz B Room
Bolz Room B has three windows that face Waubesa Street and has a sprung wood floor suitable for exercise and dance. This room may accommodate meetings of up to 30.
Bolz A & B Rooms
Bolz A & B can combine to form one large space. Bolz A has carpeted flooring, while Bolz B has hardwood floors.
Morton Mezzanine Meeting Spaces
The Morton Mezzanine meeting spaces are tucked high up into the building’s clerestory (raised second story). Glass panels surround the spaces, making them beautiful. They are designed for casual meetings for nonconfidential meetings as the space is not soundproof. These are the only non-handicapped accessible spaces in the entire building. Conference tables and seating are designed for meetings for groups of 8 (Mezzanine B) or 12 (Mezzanine A).
Gymnasium A or B
The Gymnasium space is available for parties and events. Gym use can include activities such as basketball, volleyball or children’s activities (additional charges may apply). There is also batting cage available (and baseball pitching machine). Space and times are very limited.
The Lussier LOFT and Lussier Teen Center
The LOFT and the Lussier Teen Center are drug- and alcohol-free informal spaces designed for private parties/activities for or by youth (with some restrictions). Room use may include the game room and concessions seating area and/or the LOFT performance space. The teen center/LOFT can accommodate up to 150 guests for dance events, however, seating is limited to 80. All events must end no later than one half hour before City of Madison teen curfew. Adult chaperones must be present for the duration at all events.
View our Sept. 2017- Aug. 2018 wedding package pricing here.
We make it easy to serve great food
Facility users are allowed to bring in prepared food, prepare your own food in GCC’s service kitchen or use one of GCC’s approved caterers. The Goodman Community Center also offers its own in-house catering service option through the Working Class Catering program. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased and served through GCC’s in-house catering service.
Preferred Caterer: Working Class Catering
- Professional chefs and staff
- Give teens employment/educational programming
- Benefits the Goodman Community Center
- Full menu, full-service catering
Outside caterers will be approved on a case-by-case basis, with signed contract. Facility users will pay a $3.50 per guest fee at the time the contract is signed. If the facility user decides to use Working Class Catering, and has paid the outside catering fee, this fee will be applied towards their Working Class Catering bill.
Regarding serving alcohol: GCC holds its own liquor license. Any event that plans to serve alcoholic beverages must purchase and serve all beer/wine/liquor through GCC according to all WI alcoholic beverage laws. No carry-ins are allowed.
Our in-house catering company, Working Class Catering, is a great option if you are hosting an event here at the Center, and they do catering in the community, too. From coffee and cookies to a full banquet, we offer a wide variety of catering options to suit your specific needs. Every dish is prepared on site, from scratch, with a focus on fresh, seasonal menus.
Our catering company is unique to Madison. It is a part of a vocation program (Teen Education and Employment Network, TEEN), offering teens work experiences that help them develop marketable skills. The teens are not only learning how to prepare seasonal, local foods to professional standards, they are also learning how to plan menus, deliver quality catering, and provide great customer service. They work side-by-side with top professionals, so you can be assured that you are providing the best for your guests.
Things to know when scheduling an event
The Goodman Community Center strives to keep our rates affordable for everyone in our community. This does mean that we expect our facility users to support the event’s clean-up. Be aware that there may be other events and activities elsewhere in the building.
Some key tips:
- GCC does not have an event planner on staff. You are responsible for details of your event.
- The Goodman Community Center is a busy community space. Be respectful to those attending other events in the building during your event.
- GCC expects all facility users to clean up the space immediately after an event is finished. We ask that you sweep the uncarpeted floors in the space you use and require wiping all tables, chairs and windowsills if you have any food or beverages.
Questions to help with your planning:
Room/s desired: Do you already know which room you want?
When: What date/s and time/s could work for you?
Class or series: When is the first and last date that you'll meet?
Transition time: How much set up and clean up time will you need?
Public or private: Please let us know if it is a private event or if it is open to the public.
Event title: What should we call your meeting/event on the contract?
Number of guests: How many people are you planning for?
Contact information: Who has the authority to confirm plans and make decisions? Who will be the contact person the day of the event?
Billing address: Where do we send the invoice? To whose attention?
Non-profit?: Have your tax exempt number handy, if applicable.
Music: Will you have live music, a deejay or other entertainment?
Other amenities: What AV equipment, tablecloths, etc. would help with your event?
We use an online reservation system to keep track of room reservations at the Goodman Community Center.
How to read our calendar:
To find available rooms: Blocks of color any color indicate a room reservation. You'll likely see that many times for many spaces are booked well in advance, making it tricky to find a time. Throughout the year, we have programs for preschool through seniors who use this facility, so we're all sharing this community space!
Plan for transition time: Will you need time to decorate or set up? Clean up? Plan for that when you're looking for a room that will work for you.
The calendar is for viewing only: When you're ready to request a room, reserve below.
- In Username, enter: public
- Click the Login button to view. You don't need a password.
- Click the Logoff icon at the top of the page when you are done
How to submit your room reservations:
- Make sure the room(s) are available before submitting your reservation. Use the online calendar to check availability.
- You need to allow 1-1.5 hours between events so that we may clean and reset the room(s).
- If you are not clear on any of these please call before submitting your reservation.
Please call at least two weeks before your event. A month or more for bigger events would be dreamy. With the heavy demand for our rooms, we use that time to iron out details of the contract, arrange for staffing, and ensure custodial and other required services are lined up.