UT Austin’s new Moody Center locks in superstar act for grand opening

There’s one more reason to look forward to the Moody Center’s completion in 2022: The Weeknd has just announced it’s bringing its After Hours tour to Austin as part of the opening ceremony.

Tickets will be on sale on Monday, February 8th, through Ticketmaster, for the concert scheduled for April 18th, 2022.

The upcoming Super Bowl halftime show star will be part of a series of concerts celebrating the new sports and events space at the University of Texas at Austin.

With its ability to seat more than 15,000 people, the Moody Center is expected to be one of the best arenas in the country. And it would be better because it was funded by one of the largest private gifts ever given to college for a new field, a $ 130 million grant from the Moody Foundation.

First announced in 2019, the Moody Center will replace the Erwin Center and host UT men’s and women’s basketball games in addition to concerts, graduation ceremonies, and other events at universities, high schools, and communities.

The Moody name isn’t exactly new on the UT campus or in Austin. In 2013, the foundation donated $ 50 million to support the Moody College of Communication.

In 2019, the company donated $ 20 million to fund a new pavilion at the Blanton Museum of Art – a structure that will serve as the cornerstone of the downtown Texas Capitol Complex master plan and the Moody Foundation’s donations to UT at over 200 Million dollars raised.

In recent years, the Galveston-based organization has also donated millions to the Barton Springs and Pease Park Sanctuaries.

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