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Austin's newest pro sport to debut at Moody Center

The Team Series will take place in Austin in August. (Austin Gamblers)

Austin is getting a new, rootin’, tootin’ professional sport: professional bull riding, which is coming to the new Moody Center this August.


Professional Bull Riders team the Austin Gamblers will compete in the PBR Team Series, which launches this year with plans to showcase the world’s top bull riders, from Aug. 26-28. Austin made the cut as one of only eight cities across the country to compete in the inaugural event—it'll be the first pro sports event at the Moody Center.

Representing the team is Michael Gaffeny, a retired rider who will serve as the Gambler’s head coach; JJ Gottsch, a former Round Rock Express executive to serve as chief executive officer; and owners Egon and Abby Durban.

The three-day event will showcase traditional eight-second bull rides in a tournament format. Tickets go on presale starting March 14 and sale opens up on March 21.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
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The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
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What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.