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A peek inside UT's new $338 million Moody Center

The venue is still far from completion but foreshadows the most expensive venue ever built on an NCAA campus. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

The University of Texas' new Moody Center is shaping up and starting to appear like the 530,000 square-foot arena it promises to become.


The new, $338 million privately-funded project will replace the 42-year-old Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center that has been standing for the last 42 years. The Moody Center, a 15,000 seat multipurpose arena, will make its official debut in April 2022.

(Moody Center)

In partnership with Oak View Group, Live Nation Entertainment, C3 Presents, Gensler Austin, UT Austin, Dell Technologies and Austin's most multi-titled resident Matthew McConaughey, the arena will be the most expensive to ever be built on an NCAA campus.

The Moody Center is predestined to be an elite venue—the venue Austin "deserves," according to its website—for sporting events, like UT men's and women's basketball; big-name concerts and shows. The new arena will also have exclusive amenities for Concert Members, or club seat holders.

You can start marking dates on your calendar because the Moody Center, despite the fact that it is still incomplete, already has 60 nights of music confirmed. Though the rest remain undisclosed, The Weeknd confirmed he is taking his "After Hours" tour live to the Moody Center in April 2022.

On top of its expensive design, the Moody Center is being built with sustainability in mind. It will use a system that directs airflow through the facility, not from the top down—minimizing energy usage. Since the venue is being built on UT land and therefore connected to its utilities, the Moody Center won't be able to start carbon-neutral off the bat. However, developers said they are committed to sustainable practices, eventually hoping to go carbon-neutral.

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