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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.


About that gameday atmosphere… While the two basketball games this weekend were mere exhibitions, and have no effect on the regular season, the men’s game Saturday saw thousands of fans in the lower bowl, and with the upper level covered, the stadium was surprisingly full.

Fans weren’t met with winding concession lines and long wait times. Moody Center’s 86 self-checkout kiosks allow fans to order food on their own time, and grab their food when ready.

And while you are in line, you can enjoy a drink from Tito’s-themed bar at the main entrance (the relationship between the University of Texas and the Austin-based vodka brand only grows). The fully-stocked bar features plenty of seating, tables and unique spherical lights which create one of the most unique settings at any venue.

The center’s wide concourse allows plenty of stretching room at halftime for fans, and even more room for fans to enjoy their drinks.

Perhaps the most impressive innovation in the Longhorns’ new home is right in fans’ seats. Below each seat in the lower level features a small cooling system that ventilates cool air and naturally maintains the arena’s temperature. Fans are also met with plenty of legroom across the aisles.

Moody is set to host over 150 events per year in addition to Texas basketball games, including Chris Rock on Nov. 8.

No. 3 Women’s basketball tips off Friday at 7, and No. 12 Men’s basketball on Monday with both games at Moody Center.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway