The Many Faces of Frank

The Many Faces of Frank

Most people know the Erwin Center as the home of Texas Longhorns basketball and the largest arena in Austin, but the Erwin Center does so much more! One of the greatest features of the Erwin Center is its ability to transform into a completely customized venue for each event that it hosts. Just last month, the Erwin Center went from a rocking country music festival, complete with a star-studded red carpet, to an intimate theater for Sesame Street Live then a high-fashion runway show to a dirt-filled pit for Monster Jam the very next day!

Here’s a quick look at just how much work goes into making sure the stage is set perfectly for each performance.

iHeartCountry Stage - Photo by Rick Kern

Multiple crews (sometimes up to 75 people at a time) worked for four days to set up the custom, rotating stage for the iHeartRadio Country Music Festival on March 29.

iHeartCountry Instruments - Photo by Brian Friedman

Nine different sets of instruments were used for the iHeartRadio Country Music Festival.

iHeartCountry Festival - Photo by Brian Friedman

The iHeartRadio Country Music Festival used the most power of any event in Erwin Center history! 5000 amps!

Sesame Street Live - Photo by Roy Mata

65 foot tall curtains were installed for the theater performances of Sesame Street Live at the Erwin Center April 3-6.

UT Fashion Show - Photo by Roy Mata

An 8’x32’x32″ runway was put in for the annual University of Texas Fashion Show that took place on April 24.

Monster Jam - Photo by Arnold Wells

700 cubic yards of dirt was hauled in for the first ever Monster Jam April 26-27.

Monster Jam - Photo by Arnold Wells

It took 20 people 28 hours to get the arena ready for the trucks.

iHeartCountry Festival - Photo by Rick Kern

It takes hours, sometimes days to set up for most of these performances, but on average it only takes four hours to break everything down.

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