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About Frank Erwin Center

Frank Erwin Events Center

Looming over the landscape of the University of Texas campus in Austin, where it resembles nothing so much as a giant drum laid on its side, the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center, sometimes called the Event Center or just the Frank Erwin Center, dominates the local landscape. For more than 40 years, this nearly 18,000-seat capacity indoor event center has been home to countless sports and concert events. Even as it nears the end of its life cycle, the so-called “Superdrum” stands tall and proud!

The History of the Frank Erwin Events Center

With construction starting in 1974, the Frank Erwin Events Center opened its doors for the first time in 1977. It was just known as the Special Events Center at that time, though its name would change in 1980 to honor Frank Erwin, a University of Texas regent who recently passed away. The venue was updated and renovated, first in 2001 and then in 2003, to keep up with the times, adding digital scoreboards and better seating options, which kept it well updated into the 2010s and beyond. Meanwhile, in 2018 it was announced that construction would soon begin on a new facility to replace the Events Center, though the process would take several years.

What Makes the Frank Erwin Events Center So Special?

With its replacement soon to be ready, you’re running out of time to catch a show at this historic arena. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Frank Erwin Events Center located?

Frank Erwin Events Center is located in Austin, Texas.

What kind of events does Frank Erwin Events Center host?

Frank Erwin Events Center sporting events include professional wrestling and UFC, bull riding (hey, it’s Texas!), and for a few years, arena football. It’s also a popular venue for concerts, drawing huge crowds for performers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Radiohead, Garth Brooks, U2, and plenty more.

Which team is playing at Frank Erwin Events Center?

From the first day it opened its doors in 1977, the Events Center has been the home of the Texas Longhorns, the University of Texas at Austin’s NCAA athletic teams. Both the college’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play there regularly. 

Where can I park for free at Frank Erwin Events Center?

The University of Texas at Austin has abundant parking available for Frank Erwin Events Center events. The best and cheapest way to purchase your parking is online, this will guarantee a space for you. If you are purchasing parking the day of the event, you will need cash or a check to pay parking attendants once you arrive.

What is the seating capacity of Frank Erwin Events Center?

Frank Erwin Events Center sporting events can accommodate up to 18,000 cheering fans. 

Who owns Frank Erwin Events Center?

Frank Erwin Events Center is owned by the University of Texas at Austin.

How do I get to Frank Erwin Events Center using public transport?

Fans wishing to reach Frank Erwin Events Center events by public transport can hop on the Metro rail and Metro buses various routes, which will all drop you off right by the venue.