Northrop opens its doors with fanfare and a ballet

The construction that’s stretched nearly four years has come to an end.

by Anne Millerbernd

The Northrop Mall got its centerpiece back Friday as the auditorium officially opened its doors for the first time since 2011.

Changes made to the main theater, totaling $88.2 million, include adding two new balconies, one additional stage and an overall smaller theater setting.

The renovations also added four ticket windows, nearly doubled the number of restrooms and increased the building’s size by 10,520 sq. ft.

To celebrate the grand reopening, the University of Minnesota has brought the America Ballet Theatre to perform Friday evening at 8 p.m.

The event will begin with student musicians playing a brass fanfare composed by music sophomore Spencer Brand.

Other events scheduled this semester include Internet-famous CollegeHumor Live, a speech by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a performance by the University Symphony Orchestra.

The Northrop Auditorium first opened 85 years ago and was named after former University president Cyrus Northrop.

For more on Northrop’s opening weekend, pick up Monday’s Minnesota Daily.