The University of Iowa
Hancher Auditorium Ribbon Cutting
Hancher Open House

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Open House

Friday, September 9, 2016, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

We can’t wait to welcome you inside the new Hancher Auditorium! Join us on September 9 for a ribbon cutting at 3:00 pm followed by the first opportunity for the public to explore the new facility. Or visit Hancher Auditorium on Sunday, September 11. The new Hancher Box Office will be open for the first time during these open houses!

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Video of entire Ribbon-cutting ceremony featured on the University of Iowa's YouTube channel.



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Hancher Auditorium ready for showtime
Corridor Business Journal - Tuesday, September 6, 2016
This year, the university will nearly complete a campus-wide comeback, with the grand opening of the newly-rebuilt Hancher scheduled for Sept. 9 and the new venue’s first marquee acts opening later this month. A new school of music building and a new visual arts building also opened this year, while a new museum of art is tentatively scheduled to open in 2019.
Arts preview: Your guide to more than 40 events this fall
Des Moines Register - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Statewide, a huge cultural development is the unveiling of the University of Iowa’s new Hancher Auditorium, set to officially debut on Sept. 9. All $176 million of it. Culinary arts events are being plotted for the venue’s new Stanley Café, comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short headline the sold out opening night gala and super-hit musical “The Book of Mormon” will play a limited run in October.
What to expect when Hancher Auditorium re-opens
Des Moines Register - Monday, August 29, 2016
It has been more than 2,800 days since the crest of the Iowa City Flood of 2008, when the waters destroyed Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa's campus. On Friday, Sept. 9, the space will re-open and celebrate with the official dedication and first of two open houses.
New Hancher Auditorium almost ready to open
KWQC - Monday, August 29, 2016
The University of Iowa’s largest flood recovery project is almost ready for the public. Hancher Auditorium was wrecked in the 2008 floods. Rising water from the Iowa River ruined the electrical and mechanical systems of the performing arts building. Eight inches of water reached the stage to the facility, which was built in 1972. Now, after a $176 million reconstruction project, the public will get its first look inside of the building.
Dawkins' encore: Custodian Bill Dawkins returns to keep the new Hancher Auditorium clean
Iowa Now - Monday, August 29, 2016
Bill Dawkins waited eight years for this day. On June 1, he walked into the new Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus and studied the performing arts venue with the eye of a man now responsible for helping keep the 192,000-square-foot facility spotless. He noticed the stainless steel elevators, aluminum railings, bare floors, white walls, and glass—lots of glass. “I was in awe,” Dawkins says. “It was so big and so stainless and so white. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, how will we keep this place clean?’"
Back-to-school briefing: 10 things faculty and staff should know going into the fall semester
Iowa Now - Wednesday, August 24, 2016
New buildings: Dedications and open houses are scheduled for new additions to the UI campus: Hancher Auditorium on Sept. 9; the Visual Arts Building on Oct. 7; and the Voxman Music Building on Oct. 21. The new UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital will celebrate its dedication on Nov. 11. In addition, the new College of Engineering annex and College of Pharmacy building will break ground this fall, on Aug. 26 and Sept. 29, respectively.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hancher in advance at (319) 335-1158.