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Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713
+1 608-267-3976
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Ranked #31 of 41 Attractions in Madison
Type: Convention Centers, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
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Owner description: Our premier downtown multi-venue complex features four unique and versatile venues: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibition Hall, the New Holland Pavilions, and Willow Island. A top choice for expositions, conventions, meetings, concerts, sporting events, ag events, and much more, the Alliant Energy Center complex is a one-stop-shop for all your events. Ample parking, mouthwatering catering, dedicated staff, and a full range of rental equipment & high speed internet make AEC an event planners delight!

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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Average concert venue - $7 mixed drinks (very small) The venue is getting a little outdated, but still does the trick. Parking is reasonable, but can be quite a hike from the parking lot to the venue. Some concerts allow you to take drinks to your seats and other concerts you can only drink in a small fenced off area.... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I was here for the Slipknot concert and was very pleased with the venue. Parking was only $7.00, which I found very reasonable. I was also pleased with the amount of parking. I had no problem finding a parking spot and I felt that my car was safe in the lot. The venue itself is easy to navigate and not... More

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DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The only place you can drink beer is inside this little pen, like I'm a damn bull. The beer choices they have are terrible, only two. The beer they do have tastes terrible. Cash only for the beer. Cash only for the parking. Terrible cellular signal. What a dump.

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89 reviews 89 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We came from out of state to meet friends and check out the annual Bratfest held at the Alliance Energy Center. The best part of the visit was the run course which went through Willow Island I believe. The festival was ok - there was ample parking and shuttles but not a lot of things to do once you had... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I gave a low rating due to the parking not the horse show! We needed handicap parking since my sister has heart and lung issue and was told that it was all filled up so we had to park in the back 40. Was told there was a shuttle but not was seen the whole walk down. There was an... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We went to see Trans Siberian Orchestra and it was great. Good seats Good room temps. Only thing is we all thought we were crazy cuz we swear we kept seeing a bird flying around lol Great time overall

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Beloit, Wisconsin, Usa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Appearing a little like a giant cupcake, the Alliant Energy Center is one of the cooler looking old 'coliseum' arenas in the area. It is a medium/large venue for concerts (~10000) but draws all sorts of events. I was there for two rock concerts. Best parts: Being a medium/large venue, there isn't a bad seat in the house. And the... More

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

There are several sections to the Center. I was there to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama, so being able to hear was critical. I splurged and bought the expensive seats and was fairly close to the stage. There really is no excuse for this major failing, and I felt bad for the Tibetan people who have so few opportunities... More

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South Wayne, Wisconsin, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I have went here for years to attend World Dairy Expo--Huge facility to house all of the dairy related exhibits. Always clean and well lit.

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Sun Prairie
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

we have been to alliant for several events. some, such as the new car show were fine. others, such as the electronics show were dumping grounds for overpriced outdated computer junk.

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