Stock Pavilion / Animal Sciences Dept
(608) 263-3308-- Stock Pavilion Event Coordinator (Cathy Rook)
(608) 263-4300 -- Department of Animal Sciences
1675 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1284
(From website) The Stock Pavilion was finished in the summer or fall of 1909. This was a much needed facility because the "Long Course" was rapidly increasing in numbers, which is now the regular agricultural program. The facility was built to accommodate the large attendance at Farmer's Course, livestock judging, and demonstrations. The main arena is 66 x 164 feet and can accommodate 2000 people. Beneath the amphitheater, there were 15 box stalls, and 22 standing stalls for horses, as well as hospital type facilities for the animals. There was also considerable storage for farm machinery and almost 600 tons of grain.
The arena has been a gathering place for many events throughout its history. President Harry Truman, seeking reelection, spoke to a capacity filled arena. Many concerts, by leading orchestras and singers, were often held in the stock pavilion which has surprisingly good acoustics. Over the year many different departments used the stock pavilion for myriad events and reasons.
Currently the stock pavilion does not house animals, but animals are often brought in for educational purposes. The building is a landmark for agriculture and education at the University.
The application for use of the Stock Pavilion must be received at least two weeks prior to anticipated use.