AUSTIN (KXAN) — After more than four decades as the home of Texas basketball, the new Moody Center will replace the Frank Erwin Center. On Monday, KXAN and a select Longhorns player took a peek inside the new facility.
“[It] looks fantastic,” said Texas men’s basketball player Brock Cunningham. “I got goosebumps. I look forward to filling it. I just snuck in here…I’m glad I did.”
While the arena seats around 15,000, basketball games will only seat around 10,000 as the upper section is closed off by panels. These panels, which rotate upward to allow seating in the upper bowl, are acoustic and are designed to bounce sound back toward the seat.
“That’s the whole point of keeping it in here in this cramped, intimate and really noisy environment,” said Texas executive senior associate athletic director Drew Martin. “And to create demand to come to the Longhorns men’s and women’s basketball games.”
Moody will accommodate approximately 6,500 fans less than the Erwin Center, but that’s part of the creator’s overall vision to improve the fan experience.
“I think from the moment you walk into the building, it’s going to be a fan-forward experience,” said Jeff Nickler, general manager of the Moody Center. “From the wonderful Texas team shop where you can buy merch onsite, to walking into these incredible premium areas and bars… The fan experience will be unlike anything this market has ever seen.” “
The location of the new Moody Center is adjacent to the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. This accessibility coupled with the distinct student area is also intended to enhance the match day experience.
“We take the students straight to the pitch,” added Nickler. “Three sides of the square will be filled with these boisterous students jumping up and down on their feet. The Longhorns’ home advantage will be something we’ve never seen here.”
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