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Private Events & Tailgates

The Waterfront at Montlake


Host your private event on the outdoor terrace just a few steps away from the Montlake Cut, complete with views of the Cascade Mountains and unobstructed access to 350 feet of pristine waterfront. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with twinkling outdoor lights overhead, reflections of city lights on the water, and the occasional sound of a sailboat’s horn signaling to the Montlake Bridge – all from the comfort of your exclusive event. The possibilities are limitless, and we invite you to experience all The Waterfront at Montlake has to offer.



Offered September – November 


Celebrate the football season and cheer on your team all while enjoying pristine views of the Montlake Cut! Tailgate events are offered on our Westside outdoor terrace with 350’ of unobstructed waterfront or at our Greenspace location. Both venues come complete with two 10×20’ tents, twenty Adirondack chairs, bathrooms on site, outdoor string lights, and white picket fencing to make your event memorable and completely yours.


For details and to reserve, please see table below

Corporate Events

Offered Year Round

Commitment, teamwork, working together to achieve the ultimate goal. Ever read Boys in the Boat? Now you and your team can experience an unforgettable event at the same Shell House the Boys rowed out of and achieved international fame in 1936.


For event inquiries and availability, please email


Offered Year Round

Birthday? Anniversary? Recent engagement? Exciting new life event? There is no better place to host the celebration of a lifetime than the Waterfront at Montlake!


For event inquiries and availability, please email

Boys in the Boat Tours

Offered Year Round 

PFW Weekend Tour

Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the legacy of “The Boys.” Join us for a tour through Washington Rowing’s Conibear Shellhouse and the 1918 World War I airplane hangar known to the “Boys” as the ASUW Shell House in 1936.

The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympics medals of Joe Rantz, the famed Husky Clipper shell, and a peek into the original training facility of the Boys- the ASUW Shell House.

To reserve, please click here

The Waterfront at Montlake Event Venues

Waterfront Great Room
WAC greatroom view3

A beautiful indoor banquet room with an outdoor private sundeck overlooking Lake Washington, the Montlake Cut, and Husky Harbor. Event capacity: 100 people

Shell House Westside Lawn and Terrace*

The jewel! An outdoor terrace with 350’ of unobstructed waterfront, just feet away from the Montlake Cut. Event capacity: 600 people

 The Greenspace

A custom outdoor private event experience! Located on the SW side of Husky stadium between the Waterfront Activities Center and the Climbing Rock, this venue offers views of Lake Washington and plenty of grass and space for your private event. Event capacity: 450 people

* Please note: this is NOT Conibear Shellhouse. The “Shell House Westside Lawn and Terrace” refers to the 1918 WWI Navy Seaplane Hangar that graces the shores of the Montlake Cut (labeled “Canoe House” on campus maps). To see a map of the venue locations, please click here

 The Waterfront at Montlake 2017-18 Tailgate Availability

Shell House Westside Lawn & Terrace The Greenspace  Great Room
9/9 MONTANA Reserved $1,000 $1,000 pregame, $2,000 full game
9/16 FRESNO ST. Reserved  Reserved Reserved
10/7 CAL Reserved $1,000 $1,000 pregame, $2,000 full game
10/28 UCLA $2,000 Reserved $1,000 pregame, $2,000 full game
11/4 OREGON $2,000 Reserved Reserved
11/18 UTAH Reserved Reserved Reserved
11/25 WSU $2,000 Reserved $1,000 pregame, $2,000 full game

Private Event Reservations

  1. For outdoor venue availability (Shell House Westside Lawn & Terrace or The Greenspace) please call or email Event Coordinator, Melanie Barstow, to inquire about reservations.
  2. For indoor venue availability (Great Room) please call or email Waterfront Manager, Rod Smith, for reservations.
  3. Once the Reservation Request Form has been submitted and approved, you will receive an estimate along with our rental contract.  For more details, please reference the forms below



It is the responsibility of the renter to obtain and post a Washington State Banquet permit if alcohol is present. NO EXCEPTIONS!


On non-football game days, parking is available for a fee (Pay by Space) adjacent to the WAC at $3.00/hour or $15.00 for all day. The availability of parking cannot be guaranteed. Citations may be issued to vehicles who fail to pay at the pay station. For transportation and parking information on football game days, please see here

If you plan on parking on campus while attending an event at the WAC, please pay at the pay station located directly in front of the WAC or contact the Parking Services Special Events Office at (206) 616-8710 for information. 

Contact Us

Westside Terrace, Greenlawn, and other outdoor rentals

Event Coordinator, Melanie Barstow

(206) 543-8558 

Great Room Rentals

Waterfront Manager, Rod Smith
(206) 685-7518