Moody Center set the ‘mood’ for glitz events


University of Texas Moody Center opening Image: CAA Icon

The University of Texas’ (US) Moody Center officially opened its doors on April 20th offering Austinites a new space to enjoy University of Texas’ basketball games and concerts.

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas (US), founded in 1883. The University of Texas was included in the Association of American Universities in 1929. The institution is composed of over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.

The 15,000-capacity Moody Center is a multipurpose arena on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The arena serves as the replacement to the Frank Erwin Center, was built on a former parking lot located immediately South of Mike A. Myers Soccer Stadium.

The big picture: American singer-songwriter John Mayer will be the first artiste to perform in the $338 million venue that seat 15,000 people. It replaced the 45-year-old 16,734-capacity Frank Erwin Center.

The ‘Axios Austin’ stated that the venue’s official grand opening is slated for April 29th-30th, featuring country legend American singer George Strait with America musician Willie Nelson & Family and the American musical band – Randy Rogers Band.

Details: The inside of the spacious arena offers a variety of bars, dining options, suites, and a public terrace that overlooks campus and downtown.

The ‘Axios Austin’ further stated that most attendees will arrive through the main entrance, where they can make their way to Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bar, which serves up craft cocktails near the front doors.

Visitors can eat local food, like Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and Tony C’s, and find drinks at the Milagro Tequila Bar and the Hennessy 1765 Bar.

The arena doesn’t accept paper tickets or cash. Tickets will be sent electronically to mobile devices.

There are more than 44 suites – created with American actor Matthew McConaughey’s design influence – and nearly 2,000 club seats, three premium clubs, 57 loge boxes, and one super VIP club: The Moët & Chandon Impérial Lounge.

Club memberships, which are currently sold out, have exclusive access to food and private bars within the Dell Technologies Club, Indeed Club and Germania Insurance Club.

Of note: Local artistes painted murals throughout the center, including Ryan Runcie, who blended the university and music in a vibrant mural depicting the ‘Hook ‘Em Horns’ hand sign and drum sticks.

What’s next: Expect a star-studded lineup at the Moody Center this year, with American rock band Bon Jovi, Canadian singer Justin Bieber, American rock band Dave Matthews Band, American singer-songwriter Alan Jackson, Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, the English indie rock band Florence + The Machine, and more set to perform.

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