Media Advisory – First Look at Colorado State’s New Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall


A campus and community event to view the area’s newest performing arts venue and attend an open house for the university’s Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall. As part of the ceremony, Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley will help lay the cornerstone of the new building.


Tuesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.The University Center for the Arts complex is located on the northwest side of the historic Fort Collins High School at 1400 Remington St., one block east of the main Colorado State campus.


Construction on the $7.3 million, 27,000-square-foot building began in May 2003 and is being completed a month earlier than planned. The 550-seat theater includes some of the most advanced acoustical design features in the region, including articulated walls, ceiling clouds and raked seating designed to provide the highest quality sound. The hall will be used primarily for performances by the university’s Department of Music, Theater and Dance and as an educational facility for students. Design work for the next phase of the project is underway and construction is scheduled to resume later this summer.

The facility was named in honor of Edna Rizley Griffin, a longtime advocate and benefactor of the performing arts including the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Concert Hall. The $2 million centerpiece gift to the University Center for the Arts was made by the Griffin Foundation.


If you are interested in attending the event, or for more information, please call Brad Bohlander at (970) 491-1545.