Sangamon Auditorium Overview
- Sangamon Auditorium opened Feb. 21, 1981
- Located on the campus of University of Illinois at Springfield
- Sangamon Auditorium hosts more than 120 performances/events annually
- Seating capacity is 2018
- Home to Illinois Symphony Orchestra
- Home to Springfield Ballet Company
- More than 400 volunteer ushers
- Tickets available M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 217-206-6160 or 800-207-6960
- Tickets available online 24/7
Sangamon Auditorium opened its doors on February 21, 1981, and has since presented more than 2000 events. The Auditorium’s inaugural event was Hal Holbrook performing his one-man show, “Mark Twain Tonight”! As recently as the 2002-2003 Season, Holbrook’s performance of this historical piece continues to pack the Auditorium to capacity.
During the Auditorium’s illustrious history, some have been public events; some have been private meetings; some have been children's shows; and some have been for university students, graduates, and their family and friends. In addition to the many performance events, the Auditorium has hosted debates and inaugurations. In all, nearly 2 million people have come to the Auditorium from Illinois and beyond since the first performance.
The only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, Sangamon Auditorium has grown to offer over 120 events each year, presenting the finest in dance, theater, music, comedy, opera, and musicals. Titles range from Broadway hits such as Rent, Cats, and Les Miserables, to world-renowned entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Hal Holbrook, Victor Borge, Bill Cosby, and Mel Torme, to the amazing movements of Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater, Mummenschanz, and Les Ballets Africains.
Through the Class Acts youth performing arts series, the Auditorium has introduced over 350,000 young people to the excitement and stimulation of quality cultural and educational programming designed for grades K-12.
Home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, the Auditorium serves other local organizations and artists as well. Many independent productions and educational institutions in the community use the Auditorium for graduations, honors ceremonies, inaugurals, meetings, and seminars. The Auditorium is available for rental to public and private entities.
Tickets to Auditorium events are available M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. by calling 217-206-6160 or 800-207-6960 or visiting the ticket office on the second level of the PAC building on the campus if UIS. For ticket purchase anytime day or night, seven days a week, log on to the tickets website.
Operation of the 2,018-seat auditorium rests with a staff of 14 full-time employees, graduate assistants, students, a 400-plus trained volunteer usher corps, and many local stagehands.