History

The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas serves as the home of the Texas Longhorns men’s and women’s basketball teams. The 16,540 seat arena opened in 1977 and is sometimes known as “The Drum” or “The Superdrum” due to its drum-like shape.

From 2001 to 2003, the Frank Erwin Center underwent extensive renovations totaling in $55 million. The renovations added new seating, a new video and sound system, 28 suites, and new lighting.

The Longhorns men’s basketball team opened the Frank Erwin Center on November 29, 1977, with an 83-76 victory over rivals Oklahoma, and since then the arena has hosted many events. The arena hosted the University Interscholastic League boys’ and girls’ basketball playoffs from 1977 to 2015. It also was the site of the filming of the Austin auditions for Fox’s The X Factor in 2012. Additionally, the Frank Erwin Center has hosted numerous concerts over the years featuring acts such as the Bee Gees and Paul McCartney.

Historic Events