Von Braun Center celebrates 40 years, busy as ever

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Von Braun Center opened March 14, 1975 to an opening season that included the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra performing , Holiday on Ice and 5 consecutive sold out shows from the king of rock 'n roll himself. 40 years later, the VBC continues to be a centerpiece of the community.

Wednesday, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle declared March 2015 Von Braun Center Month in the City of Huntsville in honor of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Von Braun Center (then called Von Braun Civic Center). The Von Braun Center has undergone several renovations since its initial construction including the addition of North Hall in 1987 and South Hall in 1997. The Propst Arena, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, and East Hall underwent significant renovations that were completed 2011.

VBC_MusicRun_finalIn recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Von Braun Center, the VBC has planned events to engage the public and give them an opportunity to see the entire facility. On March 21, the inaugural Von Braun Music Run will begin at 9am in front of the Center. It will include a 5k run as well as a 1 mile fun run. Live music and entertainment will be highlighted throughout the route. At the finish line, participants and supporters will have a live band and other family friendly activities to enjoy.

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Also on March 21 from 9am until 2pm, the VBC will host an open house for all to enjoy. There will be lots of snacks and giveaways as well as activities for attendees. VBC staff will be available to answer questions and give visitors a first-hand look at all the VBC has to offer.

The Von Braun Center will be the home to many events during the month of March – highlighting the variety that the VBC is capable of supporting.
Events – March 2015
Propst Arena

Elton John
Monster Jam
Alabama Hammers
Huntsville Havoc
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

Broadway Theatre League presents Peter & The Star Catcher Huntsville Symphony Orchestra: The Strauss Connection Broadway Theatre League presents Ivy & Bean
Sing Off Live!

Broadway Theatre League presents I Love Lucy Disney LIVE!

Playhouse

Jim Parker’s Songwriters Showcase
Theatre Huntsville presents The Importance of Being Earnest Alabama Youth Ballet Theater

Convention Center

Building Home and Remodeling Show by Huntsville/Madison Builders Association The Huntsville Rotary Club weekly luncheon
The Dixie District Barbershop Harmony Society Spring Contest
AUVSI Annual Conference

NEACA Craft Show
AUSA Global Force Symposium (begins March 31)
31st Annual International Symposium on Child Abuse (NCAC)
Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Senator Richard Shelby International Services Council 50th Anniversary Banquet
Junior League American Girl Fashion Show
Local high school proms and senior banquets along with college banquets AUSA Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Awards Dinner Victorian Cotillion Ball
Weddings and receptions