Welcome Back to the Terrace
The beloved sunburst chairs were missing from Madisonians’ hearts since the end of last summer, but after much anticipation the Memorial Union Terrace reopened May 12 just in time for 2016 commencement.
One of the most treasured spots on the UW-Madison campus, the Terrace closed before fall last year as part of the Memorial Union Reinvestment project (MUR). The remodeled Terrace now includes ramps for improved accessibility, expanded seating area, a new stage, infrastructure updates and another food stand.
Excited students and community members jumped at the chance to carry nearly 700 yellow, green and orange chairs to the remodeled Terrace, marking the beginning of a weekend of festivities.
Members of the UW Marching Band stopped by for a lively performance as the first band to grace the new stage. The Terrace After Dark concert series kicked off later in the weekend with shows by Sixteen Candles and Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets.
Graduates clad in caps and gowns, along with their family and friends, celebrated throughout the weekend by buying pitchers and taking photos with the Terrace chairs. Overall, thousands came out to enjoy the company and lake views.
While the original plan called for the Terrace to close for four days after the graduation preview, the Union announced it would officially remain open for the summer season, giving everyone a little more time to cherish the Terrace experience.
We hope to see you soon at the Terrace. While you’re there, make sure to stop by the new Welcome Cart, located by the Stiftskeller service window. At the cart, the Union team can provide board games to play on the Terrace, as well as Union membership and event information.
Click here to preview the sights and sounds of the 2016 Terrace season.