2016 Recap: Thanks for a Great Year!

Happy New Year from the Frank Erwin Center! We want to thank all our partners, guests, performers and staff for an excellent year full of great events and stellar accomplishments. It’s been 39 years since the Frank Erwin Center set out to serve Central Texans by providing the best live entertainment. Since 1977, we have been the largest multi-purpose facility in Austin, TX.

In 2016, the Frank Erwin Center hosted a variety of events ranging from family shows to sporting events and concerts, including sold out shows by Drake, Kanye West, The Cure, James Taylor, Dolly Parton and Adele. This year, we were proud to be named among the Top 100 Arenas in the world by Pollstar. In addition to this accomplishment, the Erwin Center ranked #50 in the nation in ticket sales, with 165,110 tickets sold in 2016. The venue also hosted one of the Top 200 grossing concerts of the year with two sold-out nights of Adele on Nov. 4 and 5.

2016 Event Recap

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour
British Regiments
Gabriel Iglesias Fluffy Breaks Even
The University of Texas at Austin Commencements
Austin Area High School Graduations
WWE Smackdown
Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball
Texas Longhorns Women’s Basketball
NCAA Women’s Basketball First & Second Rounds
Elements: UT Fashion Show
Monster Jam®
iHeartCountry Festival
Jeff Dunham Perfectly Unbalanced Tour
Pentatonix World Tour
The Cure Tour
Rihanna Anti World Tour
Selena Gomez The Revival Tour
James Taylor & His All-Star Band
The Comedy Get Down
Drake Summer Sixteen Tour
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME
Kanye West Saint Pablo Tour
Adele Two-Night Run
Sia Nostalgic for the Present Tour
Amy Schumer LIVE
Festival of Praise Tour
WWE Monday Night RAW
Dolly Parton Pure & Simple Tour
Andrea Bocelli In Concert

Thank you to everyone who played a part in putting these events together! We are excited for the year ahead and invite you to learn more about our upcoming events in 2017 and to Subscribe To Be The First To Know!

This blog post was originally published on Dec. 30, 2016 and updated on Jan. 9, 2017 to include additional rankings.

Visit the Frank Erwin Center website to see who's coming, and subscribe to Be the First to Know to get a jump on upcoming pre-sales and ticket giveaways.


  1. Wade · January 12, 2017

    Your website is horrible at providing information about seating for events. You should be embarrassed. It’s remarkable how well the diagram is hidden and once found, how little information it provides. I can’t believe it’s associated with an institute of higher learning.

    • Frank Erwin Center · January 12, 2017

      Hi Wade,

      We appreciate your feedback. We will pass your comment on to the Box Office. Thank you!

  2. Irish · January 29, 2017

    Way to use the internet to help people solve prolebms!

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