Frequently Asked Questions

This is a sample of some of the most asked questions about the Alliant Energy Center and its events. If you are unable to find your answer here, feel free to contact us.

Where can I park for an event?

The Alliant Energy Center has 5,800 paved parking spots onsite for your convenience. Fees currently are $8.00 per car, per day or $24.00 per bus, per day. The daily parking fee allows same-day reentry with a parking ticket stub. View Parking Areas

Where can tickets be obtained for most concerts/performances at the Alliant Energy Center?

Tickets are available service fee free at the Coliseum Box Office, open Monday - Friday from 10am - 5pm, and at all Madison Ticket Agency locations. 

Other locations include:
THE SYLVEE: Monday-Thursday from 12PM-3PM, Fridays from 10AM-3PM, Saturdays from 12 PM-3PM and on all show days from 12PM through showtime.

ORPHEUM THEATER: Saturdays from 12PM-3PM and on all show days 3 hours before door time through showtime.

Is tailgating permitted in the parking lots of the Alliant Energy Center?

No, tailgating violates Dane County ordinances and is subject to fines.

Does the Alliant Energy Center allow camping?

Overnight accommodations are only for those directly associated with an event in progress at the Alliant Energy Center. All occupied spaces must have an AEC Camping Permit displayed. Permits are available for a nominal fee at the self-registration kiosk, located West of the Coliseum. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis except when otherwise regulated by show management or by contract.

Additional camping is available through the Dane County Parks Division. View available parks and camping options in Dane County.

Is smoking permitted in the facilities or around the campus?

All the buildings are smoke-free (no cigarette, e-cigarette, vaping) but we have designated outdoor spaces for smoking.

Where are the entrances into the Alliant Energy Center?

The Center has four major entryways. The main gate is located off of Rimrock Road on the southeast side of the facility and is the suggested entrance for patrons as it is always open when the facility is in use. Additional/secondary entrances are the Nolen Gate located off of John Nolen Drive on the East side of the facility, Olin Gate located off of Olin Avenue on the North side and the Rusk gate, located off of Rusk Avenue on the South side. Additional/secondary entrances may be closed if there is limited activity on the AEC campus.

Has Veterans Memorial Coliseum been renamed the Alliant Energy Center?

No, our buildings, including the Coliseum retain their original names; only the campus name has changed from the Dane County Exposition Center to the Alliant Energy Center.

Is the Alliant Energy Center handicap accessible?

Yes, the Alliant Energy Center is ADA Compliant.

Does the Alliant Energy Center have wheelchairs for patrons to use?

No, sorry; if a member of your party requires a wheelchair, it is best to bring your own. There are several rental services in the area, including Buit Mobility.

Where can I buy advance tickets for consumer events at the Alliant Energy Center?

Tickets are usually available at the door. Check our Upcoming Events page for information on specific shows.

Are there ATMs on the Alliant Energy Center campus?

Yes, if you need to withdraw money while visiting the Alliant Energy Center, we have an ATM in Exhibition Hall by the Information Desk or in the Coliseum’s West Lobby.

How does the Alliant Energy Center operate? How is it funded?

Although owned and operated by Dane County, the Alliant Energy Center operates without the use of Dane County funds – it is run as a business using facility generated revenues to cover the personnel, operating, maintenance and capital expenses incurred to operate the Center and its facilities. The Center has operated in this manner since 1990.

Does Alliant Energy Corporation own or operate the Center?

The Alliant Energy Center of Dane County is owned and operated by the County of Dane. The naming rights were sold to Alliant Energy Corporation, but they do not operate the facilities.

How do I book space at the Alliant Energy Center for my event?

Shirley Kaltenberg
Sales Manager
(608) 267-1549

Eric Reichert
Account Manager
(608) 267-3991

Email sales@alliantenergycenter.com

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Fill out a Request for Proposal.

Is the Alliant Energy Center located close to an airport?

Yes, the Dane County Regional Airport, located at 4000 International Lane, is less than 15 minutes away from The Center.

Where is the Alliant Energy Center?

Located in Madison, WI at the intersection of John Nolen Drive and Rimrock Road just off the South Beltline Highway (Hwy 12 & 18). Use either the Rimrock Rd. (Exit 262) or John Nolen Drive (Exit 263) exits off the Beltline Highway. Additionally, the Alliant Energy Center campus is only one mile from the Wisconsin State Capitol and Downtown Madison via John Nolen Drive. View our maps and directions.

Where can I find out about upcoming events at the Alliant Energy Center?

Under Upcoming Events you will find our current event list which is the most up-to-date source for events at the Alliant Energy Center.

How is the Alliant Energy Center committed to "Going Green"?

In April of 2007, the Alliant Energy Center received the Travel Green Certification from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for its efforts to reduce the environmental impact through operational and other energy-saving improvements. To achieve the Travel Green Certification, tourism-related businesses must meet several goals including demonstration of how they encourage staff and vendors to be environmentally aware and how they reduce their solid waste generation and energy consumption.
 
The Alliant Energy Center is very concerned about the environmental impact of its visitors and events. Recyclable receptacles are available throughout the venues and grounds in locations that vary based on specific events. The Center is also a leader in recycling of cardboard and paper in Dane County.