The Bailey & Kathy Aalfs Auditorium was an $8.2 million renovation that began in the fall of 2008. The restoration of the 38,000 sq. ft. auditorium has resulted in a state-of -the-art performance arts center which seats 1,288 (570 main level and 718 balcony).
First constructed in 1925, renovations included several mechanical and electrical improvements, including lighting upgrades for performances, enhanced electrical service to the building and better acoustics, accessible seating, new stage floors and improved sightlines.
The unaltered E.M. Skinner Opus 548 Organ was also part of the renovation and was brought back to life thanks to the project, which will provide the University community with an elegant and exciting venue for large events, including musical theatre, orchestras and musical ensembles, soloists, dance companies and lectures.
Funding for the renovation of Aalfs Auditorium included more than $3.5 million in private funding and an estimated $4.6 million from South Dakota HEFF funds.