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McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

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McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
200 Oak St SE

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
612-625-8876

1000Largest Group
10Meeting Rooms
2016 Winner: Best Website


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  • Memorial Hall is a stunning backdrop for celebrations up to 800 peopleMemorial Hall is a stunning backdrop for celebrations up to 800 people
  • 90' tall ceilings and large windows make Memorial Hall events memorable90' tall ceilings and large windows make Memorial Hall events memorable
  • Gobos and built-in lighting options are popular for galasGobos and built-in lighting options are popular for galas
  • McNamara's architecture is a favorite of photographersMcNamara's architecture is a favorite of photographers
  • McNamara is adjacent to a 500-car parking ramp and the Commons HotelMcNamara is adjacent to a 500-car parking ramp and the Commons Hotel
  • Johnson Great Room is our largest private meeting roomJohnson Great Room is our largest private meeting room
  • Johnson Great Room is also a popular reception spaceJohnson Great Room is also a popular reception space
  • McNamara holds 60 weddings a year hereMcNamara holds 60 weddings a year here
  • The Johnson Room's copper wall is great for candlesThe Johnson Room's copper wall is great for candles
  • The Swain Room is another mid-size meeting room with built-in AVThe Swain Room is another mid-size meeting room with built-in AV
  • Even when empty, Memorial Hall is gorgeousEven when empty, Memorial Hall is gorgeous
  • Conferences up to 400 can be accommodated by our 10 roomsConferences up to 400 can be accommodated by our 10 rooms
  • Memorial Hall makes a lovely wedding ceremony locationMemorial Hall makes a lovely wedding ceremony location
  • The Heritage Gallery is a museum and makes a unique event spaceThe Heritage Gallery is a museum and makes a unique event space
  • University Hall has floor to ceiling windows overlooking a landscaped patioUniversity Hall has floor to ceiling windows overlooking a landscaped patio
  • Dancing is magical in Memorial Hall at nightDancing is magical in Memorial Hall at night
  • Voted Best High Tech Venue by Unique Venues 2015Voted Best High Tech Venue by Unique Venues 2015


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  • Testimonials
Voted Best High Tech Venue by Unique Venues 2015 and Best Meeting Facility by Minnesota Meetings & Events magazine for 6 years straight (2007 to 2012) the McNamara Alumni Center is a premier conference center and special event venue in Minneapolis. With stunning architecture throughout the center, we average 850 events a year with more than 100,000 event guests annually. Located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, the McNamara Alumni Center is privately owned and managed. It offers many conveniences: quick highway access; 10 distinct rooms with capacities ranging from 10 to 800 people; superior built-in AV; award-winning D’Amico Catering and cafe onsite; tunnel connections to an adjacent 500-car parking ramp and hotel. We invite you to be our next customer whose expectations are exceeded!

**Holiday Party Booking Promotion: Complimentary fire pits on our patio and a hot cocoa station with any new University Hall party booking. More info here: http://mac-events.org/special/holiday-party-promo-16.html  
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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Minneapolis - 1.5
St. Paul - 4
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Minneapolis St Paul Int'l / 10
Availability:
Available for private events and meetings year-round.
Room Type(s):
Adjacent Commons Hotel Minneapolis, U of M residence halls (summer only)
Largest Group:
1000
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
10
Largest Classroom Style:
96
Largest Theatre Style:
500
Technology:
In 2015, Unique Venues named us Best High Tech Venue! Our superior, built-in projectors and screens exceed client expectations. Wireless Internet access and video conferencing are available throughout the conference center. The Johnson Great Room is capable of 2-way teleconferencing and video-conferencing. Outstanding on-site AV technicians are available.
Onsite Wireless Internet:
free
Onsite A/V Staff:
yes
Food & Beverage:
Award-winning D'Amico Catering is located on-site and operates a cafe onsite from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm Monday-Friday. Full bar service.
Must Use In-house Catering:
yes
Cultural Catering Available:
yes
Alcohol Permitted:
yes
Special Rates and Packages:
Room rental rates range from $150 to $2400 per room. The room rental for most rooms is an all-inclusive price including built-in AV and custom set-up.
Phone:
612-625-8876
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Expo/Competitions
Meetings/Conferences/Trainings
Outdoor Event Space
Reunions
Social/Special events
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions




Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Memorial Hall Our largest, most stunning event space reflects Minnesotas lakes, the North Shore, Iron Range and Northern Lights. Ideal for galas, keynote addresses, tradeshows and lectures

12000
Johnson Great Room Our premier meeting room features copper and wood walls, built-in projector adn screen.

2000
Heritage Gallery The Heritage Gallery is a multimedia museum that honors the accomplishments of University of Minnesota students, alumni, faculty and staff.

2000
University Hall This room boasts McNamara-signature copper and wood interior with one entire wall of windows overlooking a landscaped patio.

2000
Maroon & Gold Room Opened in Fall 2010, this room is similar in ambiance to the Johnson Great Room--copper and wood interior with built-in AV.

1500
Ski-U-Mah Named after a phrase from the University of Minnesota rouser, Ski-U-Mah (SKY-u-ma) is a centrally located meeting room with built-in AV.

1100

Accommodations

Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
University Hotel Minneapolis 304 no

Catering

  • D'Amico Catering
    Award-winning D'Amico Catering is located on-site. Their full-time staff office in the building.

Dining

  • D'Amico & Sons Cafe
    Seating Capacity: 100
    Award-winning D'Amico & Sons operates an on-site cafe Monday through Friday 7 am to 2 pm.

Technology

TypeDescription
Two-Time Best Meeting Facility Voted by Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine as Best Meeting Facility (Non-Hotel) 2007-2012. Noted for our superior, built-in AV and video conferencing capabilities.

Testimonials

  • I can honestly say that I have never worked with a better facility and staff in all my 20 years in the special events industry. From the time we began our planning-right through to the final goodbye-every person associated with the McNamara Alumni Center bent over backwards to understand our needs, offer advice, support and solutions, and deliver everything that was promised.
    Historic Events

  • I never worry about my events held at the McNamara Alumni Center. The event staff anticipates my needs and meets all of our complex logistical requirements. For every event at the Alumni Center, my high expectations are exceeded.
    Carlson School of Management

  • I wish I could convince all of our course directors to hold their conferences at the McNamara Alumni Center. Ive never received so many unsolicited comments praising the location and food! I look forward to working with their wonderful staff again.
    Continuing Medical Edication

  • I have never worked with more professional event staff. From a logistical standpoint, our event was flawless. I would recommend the Alumni Center to anyone looking for a state-of-the-art facility offering first class service.
    IBM

  • The Alumni Center is a gorgeous setting for a celebration with terrific amenities. The Alumni Center staff is exceptional.
    Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

  • The Alumni Center is a fantastic place to throw a party! The staff gave us the feeling that they cared as much about our daughters wedding as we did.
    Mother-of-a-bride

  • The Alumni Centers audio visual capabilities are outstanding. At the last minute we required a live video feed to our overflow seating and the staff cheerfully responded with, Yes, we can do that. I was extremely pleased.
    Breck School Auction

  • The Alumni Center is a great space - the architecture is so alive and dynamic. The huge projection screen makes our video presentations very powerful.
    Headwaters Foundation for Justice

  • The Alumni Center is a tremendous location for a conference. It is conveniently located, its meeting rooms have distinguishing characteristics and the service was outstanding. I received many unsolicited comments praising the location by our conference attendees.
    Allina Hospitals & Clinics

  • Nothing, and we mean nothing, could have gone better on our wedding night and we thank you for that. The building, set-up & AV were all amazing.
    Bride-and-Groom

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