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Ames - Iowa State Center

Scheman Building, Suite 102

Iowa State Center Mission Statement:

"To develop and support the programming, facilities and services necessary to establish the Iowa State Center as the premier university public assembly complex in the United States."

About Us:

The Iowa State Center began as the dream of James H. Hilton, who graduated from Iowa State University in Dairy Science and served as University President from 1953-1965. He proposed the idea of an educational/cultural/athletic complex at the 1954 fall faculty convocation.

Clifford Y. Stephens, another Iowa State University alumnus, led donations with a one million dollar gift toward the Center’s construction of a performing arts auditorium. C.Y. Stephens’ gift came from the dream that he shared with Hilton. He felt passionately that a person’s first great need was the opportunity to get an education and believed all students should have an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the fine arts, which he considered necessary for adequate living. Thanks to their fundraising efforts, the Iowa State Center was constructed without using any state funds.

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra opened Stephens Auditorium in the fall of 1969 with a five-performance, week-long festival. Hilton Coliseum opened in 1971 followed by Fisher Theater in 1974 and Scheman Building in 1975.

At the dedication of the building in 1969, C.Y. Stephens; widow expressed her hope that “within the walls of the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, countless persons will experience a newborn appreciation for the performing arts in the decades to come. There could be no more fitting tribute to the memory of my husband who discovered his love for the theater as a student on this campus more than four decades ago.”



Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Awesome show Derek trucks and Susan Tedeschi are amazing and an absolute must see.. we have lost so many great musicians Tom Petty Gregg Allman butch trucks BB king and more so Wether you're an Allman brothers fan rock and roll fan or country fried rock there is somthin for everyone it's good to know the blues lives on through Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi as well as Gary Clark Jr and many others

Dani Heeren

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Nice location. Building tends to be chilly during the winter months so dress warm!

Jim Hanson

Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016
Plenty of off-street parking. Easy access to the meeting rooms.

Rod Rosburg

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Great location. Easy access

S. Chevalier

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
great concert venue - large but provides an intimate feel to the evening enjoyment. Would go there again for a concert

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