Preferred location for Frank Erwin Center replacement selected

Frank Erwin Center
Frank Erwin Center

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas has announced its preferred location for the arena to replace the Frank Erwin Center.

The surface parking lot south of the Mike A. Myers track and soccer stadium is the university’s top choice, a UT spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

A final decision has not been made. The university is also planning to enclose the south end of the Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, creating a closed bowl.

UT announced in September 2014 they were looking to replace the center. At the time, then-UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson estimated the new arena was six to 10 years away and that it would cost around $500 million. Patterson resigned in September 2015.

The Frank Erwin Center, opened in 1977 at a cost of $34 million, hosts concerts, UT basketball games and a number of other events throughout the year.

The center was renovated between 2001 and 2003 at a cost of $55 million. The first concert at the center was Lawrence Welk on March 12, 1978. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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