Austin: Multipurpose Moody Center Opens
Artist rendering of the venue. Image: The University of Texas at Austin
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — The Moody Center, the multi-purpose, state-of-the-art venue located in the heart of downtown Austin on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin is now open.
Moody Center will be home to top concert tours and international music shows featuring the biggest artists, as well as popular sporting events including UT Austin’s women’s and men’s basketball games.
The highly anticipated world-class arena will debut to the public on April 20 with a concert from Grammy award-winning artist, John Mayer. The venue’s official grand opening is slated for April 29-30. ‘Strait from Moody Center’ Presented by Bud Light will be a Texas-sized celebration featuring the unrivaled King of Country Music, George Strait with special guests Willie Nelson & Family and the Randy Rogers Band. Both shows are sold out.
Developers for the $375 million project include Oak View Group (OVG), Live Nation Entertainment/C3 Presents, The University of Texas at Austin and Matthew McConaughey.
The arena is named Moody Center in honor of a $130 million grant from the Moody Foundation, one of the largest gifts The University of Texas has ever received. From the impeccable acoustics of the 530,000 square-foot arena to fans’ intimate proximity to artists, the 15,000-seat venue will fully immerse guests in an Austin-authentic live music experience.
Drawing from Austin’s culture and community as core design concepts, the arena brings people together from the moment they arrive, through the end of the show. Built into the hillside, Moody Center provides a sweeping 360 degrees of glass walls and at-grade entrances into every concourse in the building. Over 100 companies were used in the design and construction of the venue and the current estimated value of the subcontracts for Texas-based companies is $206,890,031.
Moody Center is surrounded by 200-year-old oak trees that were relocated during construction and have since been replanted around the Dell Technologies Plaza.
The Dell Technologies Plaza will serve as a fan destination hosting sponsor activations and pre-show entertainment on the Hulu Stage. Moody Center is a cashless venue with self-check-out concessions that will feature iconic Austin brands like Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Tony C’s and more. On the self concourse, featured full-service bars include Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bar, Hennessy 1765 Bar and the Milagro Tequila Bar. Around every corner, Moody Center pays homage to the rich music history of Austin with mural and neon designs by renowned local artists and a robust artist compound with six talent rooms named after historic, iconic Austin music venues such as Broken Spoke and Continental Club.
Premium spaces provide the ultimate fan experience at Moody Center. With over 44 Suites, nearly 2,000 club seats, three premium clubs, 57 loge boxes and 1 super VIP club (Moët & Chandon Impérial Lounge), Moody Center will provide the ultimate and most premium way to experience a live event. Depending on seat locations, Club Members will have exclusive access to elevated culinary offerings and private bars within the Dell Technologies Club, Indeed Club, and Germania Insurance Club. As of March, suites and club memberships at Moody Center are sold out; however, fans can join a waitlist for future premium experiences.
Following the two-night opening concerts by John Mayer, Moody Center will host a star-studded lineup of some of the biggest names in the music industry. Among the artists scheduled for Moody Center in 2022 are Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, The Who, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles, Machine Gun Kelly, Andrea Bocelli, Florence + The Machine, James Taylor, Leon Bridges, Alan Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Daddy Yankee and more.
Edited from press release.