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Shaquille O'Neal's fried chicken chain set to open up at Austin's Moody Center

Shaquille O'Neal's fried chicken chain Big Chicken will open a location at Austin's upcoming Moody Center this spring. (Big Chicken/Facebook)

After DJing for the after-party at COTA's 2021 U.S. Grand Prix Race in October, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal is once again setting his sights on Austin with plans for his chicken restaurant chain Big Chicken to open a location in Austin.

The fast-casual chicken restaurant—featuring fried chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, ice cream sandwiches and more—is planning to open at the Moody Center arena this spring. The restaurant is co-owned by O'Neal, who opened the first location in Las Vegas in 2018 and broadcasted the process on a Facebook Watch series aptly titled Big Chicken Shaq.

Shaq and live music fans will get to "eat life to the fullest" at the upcoming Moody Center, the new venue that has already sold out shows before its grand opening in April.

Located on the University of Texas campus, the $338 million venue will hold 15,000 seats and host events including concerts, shows and Longhorn basketball games (replacing the Frank Erwin Center). The venue already surpassed $15 million in ticket sales for upcoming performers including George Strait, Willie Nelson and the Randy Rogers Band, who will christen the Moody Center on April 29 and 30.


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