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New Hancher Auditorium unveiled today

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A new and improved Hancher Auditorium opens on the University of Iowa campus today.

The new facility came with a price tag of $176 million, but is better protected against future disasters.

Hancher will be unveiled today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a free open house.

There will be another free open house on Sunday.

The original Hancher opened in 1972, but was hit hard during the 2008 floods.

In 2013, the original auditorium had to be demolished under the recommendation of FEMA.

This month, the new center will host Steve Martin and Martin Short.

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