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New Moody Center secures The Weeknd for grand opening in 2022
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The grand opening of the University of Texas' new Moody Center is going to be a memorable one, especially with a performance from the Starboy himself.


The Weeknd announced his 2022 "After Hours" Tour via Twitter Wednesday, adding in several new cities after his 2020 tour was postponed, including an appearance for the Moody Center's Grand Opening Concert series.

Tickets will go on sale on Feb. 8 through Ticketmaster and the concert is scheduled for April 18, 2022.

The Weeknd, who is also set to play at this Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, is the first act booked for The Moody Center's grand opening festivities celebrating the new sports and event center.

With more than 15,000 seats, the Moody Center will replace the current Frank Erwin Center and assume all of its events: UT men's and women's basketball games, community events, graduations, concerts and other university happenings.

The new arena is expected to be luxurious, funded by a $130 million donation from the Moody Foundation. On its website, it states, "the live music capital of the world' is finally getting the arena it deserves."

The foundation has been a well-known UT supporter, previously donating $50 million to university to support the Moody College of Communication in 2013. More recently, the Moody Foundation donated $20 million to fund the Blanton Museum of Art's new pavilion.

Though 2022 is still almost another year out, The Weeknd plans to drop a new release, a selected works album called "The Highlights," this Friday to quell his listeners appetites.

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