Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX

Austin, Texas, isn’t just the home of the University of Texas Longhorns—it’s rightfully earned a reputation as one of the live music capitals of the world. The Frank Erwin Center has been catering to sports and music fans since opening in 1977 with a basketball game between Texas and the University of Oklahoma. Bandleader Lawrence Welk performed less than four months later, marking the venue’s first concert. Since then, the arena has welcomed more than 25 million visitors.

Many enhancements have been made to the facility over the years with the largest—a $55 million renovation and expansion—taking place between 2001 and 2003. This included the addition of 28 suites, new scoreboard and video signs, and upgrades to the concession areas and restrooms.

Longhorn basketball draws fans from around the country to Frank Erwin Center each year, and major musical acts like Ed Sheeran, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney and Prince have graced its stage. The venue has also hosted American Idol auditions, ESPN GameDay and a lecture by the Dalai Lama.

Conveniently located off Interstate 35, Frank Erwin Center is within walking distance of downtown Austin and the state capitol. Hotels are plentiful in the area, with a few located only a short distance from the venue. Those seeking a bite either before or after an event will find that the city has a vibrant culinary scene. Zilker Park, South Congress Street and Lady Bird Park offer visitors a glimpse into the city’s unique personality.
Sun
Feb 25, 2018
5:00 PM
The Neighborhood Barbershop
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Tue
Feb 27, 2018
6:00 PM
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners (WOMEN)
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sat
Mar 3, 2018
11:00 AM
Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sat
Apr 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Monster Jam
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sun
Apr 22, 2018
2:00 PM
Monster Jam
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sat
May 5, 2018
7:00 PM
iHeart Country Music Festival
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sun
Jun 3, 2018
7:00 PM
George Strait
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Mon
Jun 4, 2018
8:00 PM
Paul Simon
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Thu
Jun 7, 2018
7:30 PM
Shania Twain
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Mon
Jul 16, 2018
7:00 PM
Smashing Pumpkins
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
7:00 PM
Sam Smith
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sat
Jul 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Hall and Oates & Train
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Tue
Sep 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Fall Out Boy & Machine Gun Kelly
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Fri
Sep 28, 2018
6:45 PM
PBR 25th Anniversary Tour: PBR - Professional Bull Riders
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Sat
Sep 29, 2018
1:45 PM
PBR 25th Anniversary Tour: PBR - Professional Bull Riders
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Fri
Nov 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Kevin Hart
Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
1701 Red River St, Austin, TX
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Hotels Near Frank Erwin Center
History & Traditions:
Capacity:
16,737
Past Names/Nicknames:
None
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1977
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