The University of North Dakota is the site of the Chester Fritz Auditorium, one of the finest and most unique buildings in the state and the surrounding area. All types of live entertainment from professional music groups, dance companies and theater groups to local folk artists and singing groups perform on its stage. The Chester Fritz Auditorium rests on a base measuring 170' x 220' and has an average height of 85 feet, equivalent to a seven story building. The building covers over 26,000 square feet of ground and has more than two acres of interior floors. In 1965 Chester Fritz alumnus gave UND one million dollars towards the construction of a 'distinctive auditorium' on the campus. A matching appropriation of $1 million from the State of North Dakota and another $1 million in private donations completed funding for the impressive Chester Fritz Auditorium.