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Hancher Auditorium, view of the ceiling in the lobby

2,808.  That's the number of days between the Iowa City crest of the Flood of 2008 and Friday, Sept. 9, the date of the official dedication and first of two open houses for the University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium. 

Here is a collection of additional interesting and/or fun numbers associated with the UI's new performing arts facility.



More than 180,000 linear feet – the length of 600 football fields laid end-to-end -- of cypress was used in the interior and exterior of Hancher.



More than 400 young Iowa dancers performed with the Joffrey Ballet in the first “Nutcracker” commissioned by Hancher Auditorium; that number will grow as remarkably talented young Iowans will be included in the Hancher-commissioned “Nutcracker” that is to debut on the Hadley Stage inside Hancher in December.



A striking feature of the new Hancher Auditorium is its curved exterior, which is lined with some 14,000 panels made of stainless steel.  That total includes 9,000 panels that are one-of-a-kind.


1,800 and 3

The number of seats in Hancher -- a little more than 500 fewer than the total in the original structure -- are dispersed over a main floor and two balconies, all offering a superior view of the Hadley Stage.


100 to 200

The number of seats in new Hancher’s Strauss Hall, the location that will be used most often for Club Hancher events, puppet shows, and music and dance presentations.  Strauss Hall will also be used as a rehearsal space.


1-800 (HANCHER)

The toll-free phone number that connects callers with the Hancher Box Office and tickets to Hancher events; the box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.



Performances of the The Joffrey Ballet’s new “Nutcracker,’ a reimagining of the beloved holiday classic choreographed by Tony Award Winner Christopher Wheeldon, will be presented on the Hancher stage in December as yet another example of Hancher’s entrepreneurial spirit Choreogrpahed by Tony Award Winner Christopher Wheeldon. This edition of the Nutcracker reimagines the beloved holiday classic for a new generation, replacing the traditional 19th century setting with Chicago's 1893 World's Fair.



The year in which the original Hancher was opened, to be commemorated with a free concert by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at a free concert on Hancher Green on Friday, Sept. 16 on Hancher Green, in celebration of the new Hancher Auditorium and the installation of Bruce Harreld as the 21st president of the University of Iowa; the band opened the original Hancher in 1972 and will be joined under the stars by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.  (Watch a video that shares the history of the UI's Hancher Auditorium.)



A stunning piece of art on display inside Hancher is  “Anonymous Creature,” created by El Anatsui, one of the most admired artists in the world today; it hangs above the staircase that leads from the lobby to the second level of the new Hancher.  (Watch a video about this piece of art.)


7th and 7

A collection of seventh grade students from seven Iowa communities – Algona, Council Bluffs, Iowa City, Maquoketa, Muscatine, Spencer, and Storm Lake – are featured in “We All Perform,” a collaboration between the students and Anita Jung, a professor in the UI School of Art and Art History that hangs in the lobby of Hancher. (Watch a video about this piece of art.)



Hancher is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays.  Iowans are encouraged to think of the lobby as a community living room.



One night each week during which Hancher will have extended hours and be open to the public regardless of whether there’s a performance, offering study space for UI students and great food at the new Stanley Café, which is named in honor or Richard and Mary Jo Stanley.



More than one million person hours were invested in the construction of Hancher.



At its peak, more than 200 skilled workers were on the Hancher work site on a given day.



More than 4,000 tons of structural steel were used in the construction of Hancher, which is really two buildings made to look like one:  a concrete shell for the auditorium wrapped by a steel exterior.



Hancher’s spear tip-shaped cantilever extends more than 70 feet from the closest supporting column.



Publication Source: 
UI Office of Strategic Communication