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History

The Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA is one of the most treasured entertainment venues in the country. It is located on the Iowa State University campus, and it first opened its doors in the late 1960s. The auditorium has become a hot spot for classical and contemporary live entertainment in the state of Iowa. Thousands of people flock to the venue each year to each year to see magnificent ballet performances, concerts by their favorite artists and classical music performances. The venue was made possible the generous donations of an Iowa State University alumnus, who donated $1 million to the construction of a performing arts center. Clifford Y. Stephens was that alumnus, and the auditorium was later named after the generous donor. His gift helped fulfill the dream of not only the man who proposed the idea of the educational/cultural/athletic complex that became the Iowa State Center, but of the performing arts students who needed a place to perform.

The auditorium opened its doors in 1969 with a stunning performance by the New York Philharmonic. Since then, the auditorium has continued to play host to some of the biggest acts in the country—classical and contemporary. And although Stephens didn't live to see the opening of the auditorium, his spirit of generosity and appreciation of the arts lives on. His widow expressed this same sentiment when she said that countless people "will experience a newborn appreciation for the performing arts in the decades to come."


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa. Not only is it one of the most beautiful theater venues in the country, but it also hosts some of the most exciting live performances around. It is so grand in its appearance, that it received the "Building of the Century" award from the American Institute Architects in 2004. And because of its beautiful architecture and amazing acoustics, the venue has attracted some of the most prestigious entertainers in the world. Past events have included the Prague String Quartet, John Denver, Neil Diamond, the Boston Pops Orchestra and performances of hit Broadway shows like Kiss Me Kate, Carousel and Fiddler on the Roof.

Today, the auditorium hosts musicals, comedy acts, ballet performances and concerts by popular artists. In recent months, the venue has seen performances by the Blue Man Group, the China National Symphony and a capella group Straight No Chaser. Upcoming performances include appearances by Bela Fleck, The Ten Tenors and Wynton Marsalis. There's never a dull moment at this fantastic venue, and you won't want to miss these and other amazing acts when they perform live at Spreckels Theatre.


Home City

The Stephens Auditorium is located in Ames, Iowa, which is known for its thriving arts and theater culture. The city offers residents and visitors the chance to sample all that the art and theater world have to offer, without having to venture very far. It is also known for being the home of Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The university leads the country in agriculture, design, engineering and veterinary medicine. Ames is also the site for one of two national sites for the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.


Seating Layout

Although the entertainment venue is more than 40 years old, it has been updated to allow for modernization of lighting, sound and visual elements. The auditorium, that is part of the greater Iowa State Complex, can seat more than 2,700 people. There are several options for seating, including Orchestra Rows that are directly in front of the stage, a Main Floor section, and three balcony sections that have several rows for patrons to sit and enjoy the show being presented. The Orchestra level offers fans an up-close and personal view of the stage and the act being performed. Although some seats are closer than others, every seat in the house will give you a fantastic view of the show you have chosen to see.


Trivia

The Stephens Auditorium has been the site of famous performances of world-renowned performers and artists. For years the auditorium has been opening its doors to touring Broadway musicals, famous symphony orchestras and chart-topping artists. And that dedication to booking the top acts hasn't changed in over four decades. The auditorium is still the talk of the town and one of the best places to catch your favorite performers in some of the most inspiring and entertaining shows in the business.

And one thing that sets this magnificent venue apart from other venues of its kind is the remarkable acoustics that surround you no matter your seat. It's as if the performance was created just for you. You can hear every note with a clarity that can't be found in any other auditorium in the country. Architects of the auditorium went to great lengths to create beautiful and functional acoustics. They even met with renowned acoustical consultant Paul Veneklasen to learn his method of lights and mirrors to create an optimal contoured surface for the best acoustical results.

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