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Ground Zero is open from 8:30 am until midnight Monday through Friday and 2 pm until midnight Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-6pm during which we are closed for classes.

Ground Zero's capacity is 150 seated or 226 standing room only. Ground Zero has the following furniture which you may use for your event:
3 Upholstered Ottomans
2 Small Sidetables
4 Stools
5 Tall Round Tables
10 Round Tables
4 Small Round Tables
11 Couches
3 Love Seats
4 Armchairs
119 Chairs

Please see the Ground Zero seating diagram for the standard setup of this furniture.

You may move the furniture but you must return all pieces of furniture to their original positions at the conclusion of your event. Furniture diagrams can be obtained from the coffeebar staff to aid you.
Ground Zero currently has no dressing rooms. The courtyard, however, is accessible through a door that is stage left and provides quick access to the stage. The use of the Ground Zero courtyard is free and booked through the Ground Zero Production Office. Make sure you have reserved the courtyard before your event if you plan on using it.
No.
Yes. Our bathroom is located in the lobby of Marks Tower and there is an access key to the building kept at the coffeebar.
Since Ground Zero is an operating coffeebar, in order to bring outside food or beverages into Ground Zero you must rent the space for that time. Approvals from on campus departments must be obtained for serving or selling food or beverages.
Selling items during your event depends on the item being sold, the nature of your event, and approvals needed from on-campus departments. If you plan on selling items during your event please make arrangements with the Ground Zero Production Manager at least 3 weeks in advance.
No. Smoking is prohibited inside Ground Zero and near the entrance.
No. Because Ground Zero is located on the USC campus and is surrounded by many dorms, we do not allow any alcohol to be served, sold or consumed at Ground Zero.
Yes.
No.
No, you may not staple or tape any items to the walls of the coffeehouse. If you do you will lose your cleaning and damage deposit.
You are required to leave a $100 cleaning deposit on a separate check for all events held inside Ground Zero. You are responsible for leaving the building in the same condition as when you entered. If you fail to clean the facility adequately then you will forfeit your cleaning deposit. Ground Zero staff has mops, brooms, trash bags and furniture diagrams on hand to assist with your clean-up.
Small groups are free to meet in Ground Zero during business hours free of charge but will not have control over noise levels or other atmospheric conditions and are not granted access to our technical capabilities. If you would like to control the atmosphere and gain access to our technical capabilities during you meeting you must reserve the space. You may make a reservation for a meeting by filling out a meeting application here.
Yes. In instances where donations are collected for fundraisers the following procedures must be followed. Funds will be collected inside Ground Zero, never outside. Funds will not leave Ground Zero. An event rep/producer will collect any funds and tally the funds at the end of the night. A Ground Zero coffeebar employee will count and corroborate this total in the presence of the event rep and then deposit those funds into the safe for pickup at the Bovard production office the next day after 12:00pm. The Ground Zero coffeebar staffer will sign a slip of paper that indicates that we have deposited the agreed-upon sum into the safe. If you wish to collect funds outside the venue you must have made arrangements for a Public Safety Officer in advance. Failure to comply with these fee collection guidelines will result in the immediate termination of your event and collection of any entrance fees or donations.
(also see the technical section of our website for more information and specifics)
The Ground Zero audio tech reserves the right to control final sound level for any Ground Zero event.
No.
Yes, Ground Zero is equipped with an overhead digital projector and a screen that pulls down center stage. The projector is connected to a DVD/VHS player and can also be plugged into a computer. Please bring a VGA adapter if you are planning to use a Mac.
Depth: 16' at its deepest portion. Width: 25' at its widest portion. You may also consult the stage diagram.
You may bring in extra equipment with the approval of the Technical Director or Production Manager for Ground Zero.
None.
There are two (2) 20-amp circuits available in the stage floor.

A Rental (eg. Performances geared towards specific organizations or groups, when there is food present, when the venue is closed for a particular group, etc) :

  • Incurs a rental fee (dependent on the sponsoring organization)
  • May include extra staffing fees
  • Needs to submit all deposits and paperwork by the assigned deadlines

*The production team has the final say as to whether your event will be considered a booking or a rental

A Booking (eg. Concerts, nonspecific performances, open to the public, etc):
  • Does not incur a rental fee
  • May include extra staffing fees
  • Needs to submit all deposits and paperwork by the assigned deadlines
*The production team has the final say as to whether your event will be considered a booking or a rental
  1. Turn in an application: we book four weeks in advance. This online form can be found http://sait.usc.edu/scheduling/forms/groundzeroevent_request.asp.
  2. Event Apps are reviewed and booked in the order in which they were received (in other words, first come first served!)
  3. Once booked, paperwork will be sent back to the sponsoring contact and deadlines for payments and deposits will be stated in this document.
  4. Paperwork and the refundable $100 cleaning deposit must be submitted within one week of the event being booked, unless otherwise specified. Special circumstances such as school holidays will affect paperwork deadlines so always refer to your paperwork for the correct deadlines.
  5. The payment is usually due three weeks prior to the event date.
  6. The cleaning and damages deposit can be picked up a few days after the event pending the space was returned to normal.
  7. If any deadlines are missed, the event is subject to cancellation at any time.
  8. The venue reserves the right to not book future events for clients who broke any venue rules or regulations
  1. Turn in an application: we book four weeks in advance. This online form can be found at http://sait.usc.edu/scheduling/forms/groundzeromtg_request.asp
  2. Meeting Apps are reviewed and booked in the order in which they were received (in other words, first come first served!)
  3. Paperwork will be sent via email to the sponsoring contact and deadlines for payments and deposits will be stated in this document.
  4. Paperwork and refundable $100 cleaning deposit must be returned within one week of the event being booked, unless otherwise specified. Special circumstances such as school holidays will affect paperwork deadlines so always refer to your paperwork for the correct deadlines.
  5. The cleaning and damages deposit can be picked up a few days after the event pending the space was returned to normal.
  6. If any deadlines are missed, the event is subject to cancellation at any time.
  7. The venue reserves the right to not book future events for clients who broke any venue rules or regulations.
Yes. For student groups, on-campus departments and off-campus groups, the rental fee includes 1 audio tech and 2 coffeebar staff members (if the coffeebar is open). Bookings include 1 audio technician. If a production manager determines more staffing is required for the event, additional staffing will be added and all fees will be charged to the producing organization.

The student filming rental fee includes 1 audio tech if use of stage/ PA system/ lights is needed, or 1 coffeebar staff member if not. If additional staffing is desired by the renter or deemed necessary by the production manager based on event information, then such staffing is in addition to the regular rental fee.
Security is not provided by Ground Zero. It is provided and may be required by the Department of Public Safety, (213)740-5527. You must contact the USC Department of Public Safety at least two weeks prior to the event. DPS will then determine whether or not security is needed for the event. Personnel will be assigned as determined by the USC Department of Public Safety and any security measures will be communicated directly with you. You will need to fill out this form and it on file with Ground Zero for your event to take place.
No. You may inquire about parking with the Department of Transportation Services, (213)740-3575. Limited 1-hour metered spots are located outside of the Admissions Office on Childs Way within Gate 2. Additional metered spots are located on Figueroa and Exposition. Parking structure X (PSX) is located within Gate 3 which is on Figueroa. It costs $8.00/day to park in PSX.
Yes, but one of our trained audio techs must be present to operate it or supervise the use of it. Make sure you have communicated to the Ground Zero Production Manager that you want an audio tech present at your event at least 3 weeks prior to you event.
Ground Zero has tables and chairs for your event. These tables and chairs are detailed in the seating diagram. You may use or move any of these tables and chairs but must return them to their original location at the conclusion of your event. You may rent EXTRA tables and chairs from Operations and Maintenance on campus (213)740-6833, or you may rent off-campus as long as you arrange for delivery with the Ground Zero Production Office.
Ground Zero staff is required for any use of the building. There is no time the building can be used without a Ground Zero staff member present.
If you are renting the venue for an event you may sell tickets if the Ground Zero Production Manager grants permission. We require 48 hours notice of the number of tickets sold for your performance. The house doors must open 1 hour before performance.
Late seating procedures must be requested at least 2 weeks prior to the event and may require additional staffing fees. Late seating procedures are as follows: After the start of a performance, late patrons will be detained outside the venue. A staff member will allow them entrance and seat them (if desired) during applause, end of an act or performance of a song, etc.
Each event is treated individually. These rates are only a guideline and are not absolutes.

Important Rental Information
Rental rates and staffing fees vary based on school affiliation and the needs of a particular event

  • An estimate will be sent to you at the time a hold is placed for your event
  • The open/closed distinction refers to whether or not the coffee bar will remain open and fully functioning for the public during the event
  • Restriction of blending for free entertainment-based bookings is at the discretion of GZ
  • If food is served an event automatically is considered a rental
  • A 20% discount will be given if four or more dates are rented by one client
  • A $100 refundable deposit is required for all reservations, no exceptions
  • Ground Zero only accepts payment and deposits in the form of cash, cashiers check or money order
  • Acoustic groups or individual acoustic performers do not need to pay the technical staffing fee

Student Organizations

 

Hourly Rental Rate

Additional Staffing Rate (if necessary)

Open

$75/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Closed

$100/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Campus Departments

 

Hourly Rental Rate

Additional Staffing Rate (if necessary)

Open

$115/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Closed

$150/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Off-Campus

 

Hourly Rental Rate

Additional Staffing Rate (if necessary)

Open

$150/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Closed

$195/hr

$21/staff member/hour

CNTV Student Filming

Hourly Rental Rate

Additional Staffing Rate (if necessary)

$50/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Filming

Hourly Rental Rate

Additional Staffing Rate (if necessary)

  $250/hr

$21/staff member/hour

Amplified/loud bands (student affiliation irrelevant)

Technical staffing fee

$20/band

Additional charges may apply if the Ground Zero Production Office deems it necessary to add extra stage or house staff based on their experience with similar types of events.

There are several different billing and information deadlines. Please see our reservation policies for more information.
No. The rental fee is the same no matter what the purpose.
Ground Zero is a revenue-centered venue that relies on income therefore we cannot reduce your rates.
A booking is an event offering free entertainment for the public. Whether or not an event qualifies as a booking is at the discretion of the Ground Zero Booking Agent and requires a demo or detailed information about the event.
In order to book Ground Zero, please read this FAQ and then fill out an event application. Event applications will be sent to the Ground Zero Booking Agent to be reviewed and processed.
You can send demos to:
University of Southern California
Ground Zero Production Office
Attn: Anisa
C/O STU B-7
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0898
Please make sure to include:
  • Band/performer name
  • Suggested tracks to listen to
  • Contact name
  • Contact email address
Electronic links are accepted, preferably to a myspace page, band website, electronic press kit or similar link. Please do not email mp3's or other audio attachments.
Bookings occur between 6pm and 11pm on weeknights (Sunday-Thursdays), and 6pm and 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Due to noise restrictions any acoustic or soft events (lower sound levels and no drum kits) are booked on Sundays - Wednesdays. Amplified and loud events are booked on Wednesdays - Saturdays.
When booking any event at Ground Zero you are required to pay a $100 refundable deposit. Amplified bands will also be charged a $20 flat rate technical staffing fee. This fee is per band for any multiple act bookings. Acoustic groups or individual acoustic performers do not need to pay this staffing fee.
The deposit serves two purposes:
  1. Your deposit is kept in cases where you event is cancelled within 1 week of the event.
  2. Your deposit is kept in circumstances in which there is damage, theft or failure or incorrect replacement of furniture during your event.
Your audience is your responsibility. You are responsible for reading the Facilities and Services agreement provided for your event. You are responsible for any damage your audience causes to Ground Zero.
The deposit can be picked up the day following the event or any time after. If requested, deposits can be returned by mail.
The deposit must be cash, cashiers check, money order or internal requisition.
The $100 refundable deposit is required within five (5) business days of the issuance of your contract.
Loading vehicles can enter on Exposition through Gate 2 Drive up the alley between the Admissions Office and KSCR the radio station. The alley way is only for loading and unloading, no permanent parking. All vehicles parked for more than 20 minutes in this area will be ticketed and possibly towed. After unloading, vehicles may park in the following locations indicated on the campus map. Gate 2 is open from 6am - 10pm on the weekdays and is closed on the weekends. While vehicles can leave Gate 2 once it closes, they cannot enter Gate 2 after it is closed, keep this in mind when planning the schedule of loading. Our loading dock allows large truck and other vehicle access through the 3' wide by 7' front door. All load ins must be scheduled with the Ground Zero Production Office at (213)740-7394. All on campus access arrangements must be made through the Department of Public Safety at (213)740-6000
No advertising can be done before you have received your contract. In addition, advertising may not indicate that the University of Southern California is sponsoring the event without the express written consent of Ground Zero. All advertising must adhere to the university posting guidelines.
Ground Zero will put promotional materials inside Ground Zero. All materials must be sent to the Ground Zero Production Office at
Ground Zero Production Office
Attn: Ground Zero PR Manager
3551 Trousdale Parkway
ADM-299
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4014
Materials must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. Materials will be placed in Ground Zero on the Friday prior to the event.
Yes. Your event is automatically listed on the campus events calendar. Please see our online posting guidelines.

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Ground Zero Coffee House - 615 Child's Way - Los Angeles, CA 90089.
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