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UT's Moody Center open for its primary use—sports arena
Sara Hoing

If you haven’t been inside the University of Texas’ new Moody Center, you’ll have plenty of opportunities this fall and winter. The new home of Texas Men’s and Women’s Basketball is fully operational for the 2022-2023 season, and many fans got the opportunity to visit the $375 million venue this weekend.

Both Men’s and Women’s basketball teams got their first bout of competition Saturday and Sunday in their new home. While fans were there for the exhibition games, it was the first chance for many to experience one of the most innovative college basketball venues in the nation.

The venue can seat north of 15,000 people for concerts and events, but seven retractable screens are drawn over the second level during Texas basketball games. Without the upper level, gamedays feature a more intimate atmosphere and room for about 10,000 people.

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Weekend sports wrapup

The weekend in sports:

Austin FC

Austin FC lost Sunday in the Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles FC 3-0. Austin entered halftime of Sunday’s game down just 1-0, but the team’s mere seven shots on goal and own goal kept the game out of reach. While Austin won’t be competing for the MLS Cup next week, players and fans should keep their heads high following an extraordinary season. Head coach Josh Wolff and MVP candidate Sebastián Driussi led the Verde and Black to a dramatic turnaround from the franchise’s lackluster inaugural season. The future is very bright for Austin’s newest soccer team.

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Darrell K. Royal research fund launching $500,000 study of former college athletes' brain health

Recent research surrounding traumatic brain injuries, like CTE, in former athletes, has heightened the awareness of dangers within contact sports. However, there is further research happening in Texas that may provide more insight into brain injuries among former athletes of all sports.

A new study conducted by UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute looks at more athletes than just those who went professional in contact sports.

The College Level Aging Athlete Study, or CLEAATS, is backed by a $500,000 grant from the DKR Fund and looks at long-term brain wellness among former college athletes. The study is asking former NCAA and NAIA athletes, who are age 50 or older and participated in any contact or non-contact sport, to complete a brief 20-minute survey and subsequent telephone interview. The research is meant to gauge cognitive well-being on a broader scale than any previous study.

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