About the Erwin Center

Since 1977, the Frank Erwin Center has fulfilled its mission of serving the greater Austin area with the most spectacular live entertainment.

It is deep in the heart of 51,000 University of Texas students and more than 1.7 million people in the greater Austin area. The convenient location off of IH-35 is within walking distance of downtown Austin and the Texas Capitol.

Visit the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau website for information on hotel accommodations and more.


Mission Statement

(revised and adopted August 16, 2006)
•To provide a first class experience to all guests who enter our building
•To support the university’s mission and provide benefits to the Central Texas community


Interesting Facts about the Frank Erwin Center
Constructed:
1977
Cost:
$34 million
Architects:
B.W. Crain and Ralph Anderson of Houston based Wilson, Crain,
Anderson Partnership (now C/A Architects)
Claim to Fame:
Houston’s Astrodome
Structural Engineers:
Walter P. Moore & Associates of Houston
General Contractor:
H.A. Lott of Houston
Renovations and Expansions:
2001-2003
Life safety upgrades, new concession stands and restrooms, addition of 28 suites, new scoreboard and indoor electronic video signs, addition of outdoor electronic video sign, Lone Star Room (reception hall) renovations
Cost:
$55 million
Architect:
Heery International
General Contractor:
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
First Event:
UT Men’s Basketball vs. The University of Oklahoma
November 29, 1977
First Concert:
Lawrence Welk
March 12, 1978
First Sellout:
Lawrence Welk
March 12, 1978
Largest Crowd:
John Denver
May 6, 1978 | Attendance: 17,829
First Two-Night Run:
Prince
January 29 & 30, 1985
Other Two-Night Runs:

Paul McCartney
May 22 & 23, 2013

Janet Jackson
July 5 & 6, 1990

Pink Floyd
November 19 & 20, 1987

George Strait
September 10 & 11, 1987

Fastest Sellout:
Garth Brooks | 47 minutes
October 15, 1992
Most Recent Sellouts:

Ed Sheeran with special guest Ben Kweller
May 6, 2015

Fleetwood Mac
March 1, 2015
 
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull with special guest J Balvin
February 7, 2015

Highest Grossing Event:
Paul McCartney
May 22 & 23, 2013
Special and Extraordinary Events:

iHeartRadio Country Festival
March 29, 2014 and May 2, 2015

The X-Factor Season 2 Live Taping
May 24-25, 2012

Fire Relief Benefit Concert
October 17, 2011

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas
July 8-10, 2011

American Idol Auditions
August 11, 2010 and August 7, 2013

Darrell K Royal Memorial
November 13, 2012

ESPN GameDay Live
February 21, 2009

Ann Richards Memorial
September 18, 2006

ESPN GameDay Live
February 25, 2006

Neighbors in Need - Austin’s Katrina Relief Concert
September 21, 2005

A Holy Talk with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
September 20, 2005

American Idol Auditions
August 23-27, 2005

Dixie Chicks Perform a Live Broadcast for the Academy of Country Music Awards
May 21, 2003

George Kozmetsky Memorial
May 4, 2003

Liz Carpenter Lecture Series featuring President Bill Clinton
February 12, 2003

George W. Bush Presidential Announcement
July 25 & 27, 2000

Glen Maloney Memorial
June 4,1999

Barbara Jordan Memorial
January 28, 1996

UT School of Liberal Arts Liz Carpenter Lecture featuring President Bill Clinton
October 16, 1995

Robert Noyce Memorial Celebration
June 9, 1990

Frank C. Erwin Memorial
October 3, 1980

Attendance since 1977:
Over 25.8 Million

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