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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 more information contact:

Amy Manteufel, Events Manager
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Margo Tiedt, Events Coordinator
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Sam Holben, Events Coordinator
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View GCC's building and room layout

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.

*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.

Community roomBrassworks Building 

The large Community Room will seat 250 seated guests at tables. The room can be divided into two smaller spaces with a partition. The larger space will seat 140 and the smaller space will seat 120 — depending on event needs. Additionally, there are smaller community rooms and spaces available to rent for smaller gatherings. 

GCC Wedding Evjue Room CREDIT Nikki N Photography 7The Evjue Room

The Evjue Room is a 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 seats up to 120 guests with round tables. 

FU Wedding Photos Credit Sarah Maughan2 C 800Evjue + Merrill Lynch Rooms

A combined space of our Evjue and Merrill Lynch Rooms. The Evjue room is carpeted, while the Merrill Lynch room has hardwood floors. Take a 360° Google Tour of the Evjue + Merrill Lynch Rooms (and the whole building)

A Day at GCC 071515 CREDIT Laura Zastrow Photography 35Merrill Lynch Room

Merrill Lynch Room has five windows that face Waubesa Street and also has a sprung wood floor. This room will accommodate up to 40 persons, seated at tables.

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 60 individuals. 

Bolz B 0915Bolz 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 events of up to 24.

Bolz A and BBolz A + B Rooms

Bolz A + B can combine to form one large space, seating 80 guests at round tables or 125 theatre-style. Bolz A has carpeted flooring, while Bolz B has hardwood floors. 

Morton MezzanineMorton 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).

A Day at GCC 071515 CREDIT Laura Zastrow Photography 64Gymnasium 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 a batting cage available (and baseball pitching machine). Space and times are very limited.

*Please call or email for rental rates.

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.

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Need a great caterer?

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.

Browse our menu.

Send an inquiry to our Working Class Catering staff 

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:

  • The Goodman Community Center is a busy community space, open to the public. There will likley be other events in the building during your facility rental.
  • GCC expects all facility users to remove event items which you brought in, and to place garbage in proper containers.  


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 DJ or other entertainment?
Other amenities: What AV equipment, tablecloths, etc. would help with your event?

Public access to our online reservation system is currently down — we apologize for the inconvenience. Please call or email to inquire about your dates.

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.

  1. In Username, enter: public
  2. Click the Login button to view. You don't need a password.
  3. Click the Logoff icon at the top of the page when you are done



Questions? Contact: 

Amy Manteufel, Events Manager
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Margo Tiedt, Events Coordinator
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Sam Holben, Events Coordinator
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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.