The Long Center looks out over the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake, and serves as the home of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, and Ballet Austin. It opened in 2008 after 10 years of construction, replacing the Palmer Auditorium, the former venue on the site—and the sleek complex pays visual tribute to the past. The Long Center reused 95 percent of Palmer's building materials, including the distinctive green and brown panels, which now decorate the exterior walls of the Long, and the ring-beam exterior structure, repurposed from Palmer's roof support. The terrace hosts barbecue festivals, and provides an exceptional and rare south-of-the-river view of the city.