New Hancher Auditorium on UI campus to be unveiled Friday - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

New Hancher Auditorium on UI campus to be unveiled Friday

Posted: Updated:
Courtesy: University of Iowa Courtesy: University of Iowa
IOWA CITY (AP) -

A new auditorium at the University of Iowa is set to be open after the original space was damaged by flooding.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the original Hancher Auditorium opened in 1972. It was damaged beyond repair by a 2008 flood and the building's demolition started in 2013.

The new 1,800-seat auditorium features silver-green padded chairs, eight sets of gallery seats above the orchestra level and two balconies. It's scheduled to be unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

The auditorium has a stage that is 13 feet higher than the old stage. The entire building is also 7 feet above the Iowa River's 500-year flood level.

The construction of the new auditorium cost $176 million.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly