Photo courtesy University of Minnesota
Interior of the newly-renovated Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis.
|Number of seats||4,847||2,700|
|Number of stages||1||2|
|Average number of feet to stage||97||82|
|Number of seats within 100 feet of the stage||960||2,160|
|Number of balconies||1||3|
|Number of public restrooms||11||21|
|Number of ticket windows||2||6|
|Number of concession stands||4||8|
|Number of cafes||0||1|
And if those numbers don't give you a proper grasp of just how massive this renovation was, maybe the sheer volume of stuff the project consumed will. The new Northrop required . . .
>> 10,600 cubic yards of concrete
>> 865 tons of concrete reinforcing bar
>> 1,100 tons of structural steel
>> 152 miles (800,000 feet) of wire
>> 500,000 pounds of sheet metal duct work
>> 70,000 bricks
>> 50,000 concrete blocks
>> 2.8 miles (15,000 feet) of wood trim
>> 1,300 tradesmen
If all these numbers make you sad to see the old Northrop—venue where you saw everyone from Bob Dylan to Bon Iver to Flight of the Conchords go—take a second to share your memories of the original in the comments section and they just might make it into our June issue. But first, a few more nostalgic shots of the Northrop that was to wet your whistle.
BIll Clinton endorses this renovation . . . So you should totally go.