Macky Auditorium Concert Hall is a multidisciplinary venue serving the campus and the region by entertaining, educating and challenging audiences with high quality local, national and international performances and events.
A wide range of performers and speakers have graced the Macky stage throughout the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, the Dalai Lama, Yo-Yo Ma, Jane Goodall, Robin Williams, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, just to name a few.
Boulder residents can catch a number of local buses to campus, including the Skip, Dash, 204, 225, Hop and Stampede. Single rides are $2.60.
Denver metro residents can catch the Flatiron Flyer, serving the Highway 36 corridor between Denver Union Station and the CU Boulder Campus. Single rides are $4.50.
Longmont residents can catch the Bolt into Downtown Boulder and transfer to any of the local bus routes mentioned above to reach the CU Boulder campus. Single rides are $4.50.
You can ride right up to the show, as all CU Presents venues have banks of outdoor bike racks nearby. Using Google Maps for directions is easy: just type in your starting point and destination and select the bicycle symbol.
Don't have your own wheels? Boulder B-cycle's easy, affordable bike-sharing system boasts 41 bike stations located around town and on the CU Boulder campus. Single rides start at $2, and monthly passes start at $11.
Skateboards are not allowed in our venues, but free skateboard storage is located outside Eaton Humanities on the north side of Norlin Quadrangle, just steps away from Macky. Don't forget to bring your own lock.
Parking around Macky is limited. Please allow extra time when driving to an event as you may have to park several blocks away from the building and walk. Accessible parking is available on Pleasant Street, right in front of Macky.
Euclid AutoPark, Folsom Parking Garage or the Pennsylvania Avenue Lot are your most convenient parking options. Event parking is $4; directions to each lot can be found below.
Parking is also available along University Avenue and side streets surrounding Macky, including 13th Street, 15th Street and Grandview Avenue.
Depending on the event, additional campus parking may be available in Lot 380 just east of Macky. Parking attendants will be on site for most events at Macky and can direct patrons to this parking, if available.
Macky Auditorium strives to provide excellent service to all Macky patrons, and we take all reasonable measures to accommodate guests with disabilities.
There are two wheelchair-accessible ramps into Macky Auditorium. The first and most commonly used ramp is located at the front of the building on the west side of the main entrance. The second ramp is located on the northeast side of the building at the stage loading dock (advance arrangements must be made in order to obtain access from this ramp). Please call the Macky office at 303-492-8423 for more information.
State-issued accessible permit holders may park in the designated spaces in the front of the building. Wheelchair and special needs patrons may be dropped off at the front entrance ramp. For most events, there will be parking attendants on duty to assist with directions. For additional information, please contact the Macky office at 303-492-8423.
Wheelchair companion seating
There are seven designated wheelchair sections, each with up to two companion fixed seats on the main floor of the auditorium. They are:
- Orchestra/Main Right:
- Row A, seat 101
- Row L, seat 101
- Row M, seat 101
- Orchestra/Main Center
- Row JJ, seat 101
- Row KK, seat 101
- Orchestra/Main Left:
- Row JJ, seat 101
- Row KK, seat 101
When purchasing tickets, please indicate that a wheelchair space is needed as well as companion seats, if applicable. Wheelchair patrons may move to auditorium seating if preferred and an usher will store the wheelchair at the rear of the hall. Seating for patrons in wheelchairs is not available in the balcony.
An elevator is located in the west lobby to take patrons to the Balcony/Loge I level. Balcony/Loge II seating is only accessible by stairs from the Balcony/Loge I level.
Assisted listening devices
Macky Auditorium offers the Phonic Ear® hearing assistance system for our patrons. Portable Phonic Ear® receivers can be used with or without a hearing aid. Please visit the Box Office on the west side of the building before performances to check out a unit. A driver’s license or other photo ID is required.
Subject to some limitations, service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability may accompany patrons in all CU Presents venues.
Assistance animals (therapy animals, emotional support, or comfort animals) are generally not allowed to accompany patrons into our venues.
Please refer to the CU Boulder service animals policy for more detailed guidelines about service animals on campus.
A limited number of booster seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
At Macky, we frequently host events that are enjoyable for families and children. Regardless of age, any child attending a performance is required to have a ticket, even if the child will be sitting in an adult’s lap. As a courtesy to the artists and other audience members, please exercise discretion in bringing children younger than 6 to a performance. Most shows last two hours, including intermission. A limited number of booster seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As a general rule, cameras, backpacks, recording devices, skateboards, large bags and firearms are not permitted in the auditorium during performances. Laptops, cell phones and pagers must be switched to silent mode.
Food and Drink
We are now providing new concessions in the lobby for select events, offering snacks, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages starting an hour before showtime. Please feel free to bring your drinks inside the hall (drink responsibly!). Due to the terms of our license, outside food and drink are not allowed, and alcohol purchased inside Macky cannot leave the premises under any circumstances. You are welcome to bring unopened bottled water.
As a courtesy to the artists and other audience members, latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager at an appropriate interval in the program.
Night of show box office for ticketed events
If you have emailed tickets
Please proceed directly to one of the auditorium entrances where an usher will assist you. Emailed tickets can be printed out or displayed on a mobile device for entry.
If you have Will Call tickets
Please visit the box office window located on the east side of the lobby; the line begins outside the Macky entrance.
If you lost your tickets
Please visit the box office window located on the west side of the lobby or contact us in advance.