McNamara Named Best High-Tech Venue

Named Best High-Tech Venue by Unique Venues 2015, McNamara Alumni Center is a superior Minneapolis conference center. McNamara’s 10 meeting rooms include built-in AV, Direct TV and free wireless Internet. A podium with microphone, handheld wireless microphone, wireless lapel microphone, built-in screen and projector are included in the room rental of most rooms. These rooms also support add-on services such as webinars, teleconferencing, and audio/video recording. Our premier meeting rooms are Memorial Hall and the Johnson Great Room.

Onsite AV technicians

With a combined 65+ years of AV expertise, McNamara’s onsite AV technicians are experts in the field, some have been with us since the alumni center opened in 2000 and designed and installed most of the custom AV within the conference center. Marty has won the University’s highest honor given by the University President for outstanding service. Tony is a U of M alumnus who also does lighting, sound, and video work for several theaters and organizations in the Twin Cities. As a talented musician and song writer, Gary brings expertise working with musical groups.

Free wireless internet is provided throughout the first floor of McNamara Alumni Center by the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology. This service is available for casual guest use, such as checking e-mail, browsing the internet, or displaying websites.

Uploading and/or downloading audio or video files is not considered casual use and may cause system issues for you or others in the facility. Personal (rogue) wireless or hotspot devices can also result in wireless service issues.

Event clients who need dedicated internet service should use wired internet service available in all of our rooms and should purchase dedicated wireless logins available through McNamara’s event office. Examples that might warrant this dedicated use include:

  • Financial transactions
  • Uploading or downloading videos, photos
  • Presenting to a group
Web Conferencing and Video Support

McNamara Alumni Center works with a variety of vendors and personnel to produce high-quality web conferencing and live video presentations for your event. Please inquire with a McNamara Event Coordinator about these options or reference the links below.

U of MN Video Event Onsite Support: Available to university and non-university clients. This department provides support and technical assistance to broadcast your event over the internet using a variety of web conferencing solutions. Contact the Video and Conferencing Services team.

University Video Production Services: Full service video production and videographer services including IMAG (Image Magnification) and multi-camera set-ups.

Building Overflow Feed

McNamara will soon have the capability to feed audio and video content from Memorial Hall or University into any of the nearby breakout rooms. This method is helpful for looping sponsor logos, event-wide announcements, or feeding live video into an overflow room which allows you to increase the capacity of your event audience.