If you grew up in Austin or have lived here at any point, you know that the Frank Erwin Center is recognized as a classic Austin venue that has hosted hundreds of awesome concerts and events. You also know it’s the massive, beige, drum-shaped building you pass when traveling on Interstate 35 in downtown Austin. But, even after 37 years of existence, we bet there are some interesting facts you didn’t know about our beloved Erwin Center.
2. Before Bass Concert Hall was built, several Broadway productions including Chicago and Show Boat were performed in the Erwin Center’s theatre set up, which for several years, was one of only two arenas in the country that were capable of that configuration.
3. The Harlem Globetrotters is the longest running show that has been held at the Erwin Center making its debut on February 10, 1978, just three months after the Erwin Center opened.
4. If the Erwin Center’s cumulative attendance was a country, it would be about the size of Venezuela with a population of over 28 million.
7. Between 1983 and 1990, The University of Texas at Austin students came to the Frank Erwin Center to register for classes in person.
8. The orange lights that shine on the exterior of the Erwin Center were personally requested by Frank C. Erwin Jr. himself.
10. This blog, Applause, started as a monthly print publication. It was first published in February, 1980 and the last issue was printed in August 2013.
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