The Frank Erwin Center is the on campus event center for the University of Texas. The Erwin Center, as it is commonly called, is only a few blocks from UT's Royal Memorial Stadium and the Texas State Capitol. Throughout the calendar year the Erwin Center hosts many great events, including; concerts, comedy shows and Texas Longhorn basketball games. The FEC is the permanent home for the University of Texas Men's and Women's basketball teams. It is also the host venue for UIL Boys and Girls Texas State Basketball Tournament.
The Erwin Center was the brainchild of University of Texas Regent Frank C. Erwin. He was the driving force behind the expansion at UT that led to the Erwin Center being built. In 1980 the University rewarded those efforts by naming the building after him. The Frank Erwin Center has a capacity of just over 16,000 for events. It has two primary levels, an upper-level commonly referred to as the Mezzanine and the lower-level or Arena-level; and floor seating for concerts. The Erwin Center also has a two dozen luxury suites that sit just above the Arena-level seats. The first 15 rows of the Arena-level seats are commonly referred to as Red River Seating.
Sports at the Frank Erwin Center
Two Texas basketball games were the first events ever held at the Frank Erwin Center. The UT women played a day game, and the UT men played Oklahoma on that same opening night. The Frank Erwin Center has become a great place for fans to enjoy Texas Longhorns Basketball as well as host to the NCAA Tournament and the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament.
Concerts at the Frank Erwin Center
Lawrence Welk was the first to take the stage back in March of 1978 and since that time the Erwin Center has been the home to many great shows. Some of the famous artists who have played the FEC are: U2, George Strait, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Elton John, Billy Joel, Guns N Roses, Madonna, Dave Chappelle, Alan Jackson, ColdPlay, Johnny Cash and Luciano Pavarotti. The Dalai Lama even made a special appearance at the Erwin Center.
Frank Erwin Center Venue Guide
What are the most popular sections to sit in at the Erwin Center?
The Erwin Center has an upper-level and lower-level, plus floor seats for concerts. There are also suites located behind the Arena-level seats (lower level). The Red River seats are popular as they the lowest rows in the lower-level; they are the first 15 rows that come up from the floor or court. Sections 21, 20, 49 and 34, 35, 36 are popular for basketball since they are the courtside sections.
What is the best restaurant to eat at before an event at the Frank Erwin Center?
Scholz Garten is a very popular spot before Erwin Center events, it is located about 1.5 blocks from entrance. Scholz is a casual beer garden with a variety of tasty bar food and many beers on tap. Also close by are the Brick Oven Pizza and Serranos (Tex-Mex). The Erwin Center is about a mile from downtown, which offers a variety of great restaurant options.