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Roger Glass Center for the Arts

Roger Glass Center for the Arts

The University of Dayton’s first building dedicated to visual and performing arts, the Roger Glass Center for the Arts, will be commissioned in December 2023, with its first performances set for early 2024. The building will elevate the arts on campus and provide greater connection with the Dayton community through concerts, dance and theater performances, and visual art exhibits featuring students, faculty, visiting artists and community members.

  • 4.9

    Acre grounds, featuring two outdoor plazas.

  • 51,200

    Square-foot center, which will be a one-story building.

  • 60

    Trees planted for a sustainable landscape.

Components of the Roger Glass Center for the Arts
Concert Hall

The musical performance space will seat 386 guests and can be acoustically tuned to accommodate small ensembles, choral performances and full orchestras.

Experimental Theater

Theater and dance performance space will seat up to 244 guests. The space will provide flexibility for a variety of performances, allowing lighting and sound from any angle.

Art Gallery

A 2,000-square foot visual arts gallery is on tap. Space, lighting and audio visual connections allow for two- and three-dimensional art, as well as digital art.

Flyer Media

Students will find experiential learning facilities for Flyer TV, Flyer Radio and Flyer News, including a TV studio and control room, video-editing lab, radio studio, audio-production suite and more. 

Roger Glass Center visitor information

The Roger Glass Center for the Arts will be open to the public beginning Jan. 8.

Building hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays

Note: For visitors, the building will be open one hour prior and one hour after events. For example, If there is a 3 p.m. concert on a Saturday, the building will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

All vehicles parked on University of Dayton property must display a valid University of Dayton parking permit between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and until 4:30 p.m. Friday (UD Parking Services). Students, faculty and staff must park in their assigned lots during these hours. Employees and students are not permitted to park in visitor spaces.

  • If you have visitors who need access to park near the Roger Glass Center for the Arts, please email Kyra Smith to coordinate visitor parking passes.
  • Permits are not required from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays or during weekends, between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m., Monday in visitor spaces or in single letter lots.
  • 15- and 30-minute delivery spaces are available on E. Creative Way to accommodate short-term parking without a permit. Emergency flashers are required. Parking beyond delivery is not allowed on E. Creative Way.
  • There are two accessible parking spaces located in front of the building. 
  • For event parking, please see the individual event pages for more information.

RGCA parking map

The Roger Glass Center for the Arts will include: 

  • A shared back-of-house area that houses two full-size dressing rooms and a smaller dressing room for small groups or special guest performers.
  • Acoustics in the performance and recording spaces was a top priority. Acoustic design is intended to ensure proper sound quality inside the spaces while keeping outside noises out. The building structure is isolated at the perimeter of each performance space to ensure sound transfer is minimized.
  • Two outdoor plazas will be available. The North Plaza (Stewart and Main Street side) will serve as the entrance to the community and has a 1,000 square foot space for small outdoor art exhibits. The South Plaza (campus side) will have bench seating and a 3,000 square-foot multi-use space for art displays or outdoor events.
  • Nineteen new parking spaces will be constructed to accommodate people with disabilities and permanent staff. Public parking for performances will be coordinated through UD Parking Services depending on performance timing and lot availability.
  • The building is designed and being constructed with a goal of achieving LEED Gold certification. LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s sustainability rating system, which is one of the most widely used sustainability measures in new design and construction in the U.S.
  • The project has already provided a number of student opportunities for experiential learning, which will only continue after the center opens.


Roger Glass Center for the Arts

29 E. Creative Way
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 3000