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Austin Convention Center Looks to Reboot

The Austin Convention Center and Palmer Events Center are connecting event organizers with local health authorities to formulate plans for restarting programming.

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It’s a Go for the Dynamo

BBVA Stadium is poised to become the first big league venue in Houston to host an event with fans in the stands since the pandemic shut down sports and entertainment facilities across North America. 

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Drive-Ins: Texas arena with lone full-timer joins trend

HOT TEXAS NIGHTS: Music under the stars in HIdalgo, Texas. (Courtesy Payne Arena) Eric Trevino has essentially been a one-man operations crew for staging a successful series of drive-in-style concerts filling Payne Arena’s parking lot in Hidalgo, Texas. The first three concerts, Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler and Intocable, held June 5-7, grossed a combined $118,385, said Trevino, general manager of the city-owned facility. As of mid-June, Trevino was the 7,000-seat arena’s only full-time employee still working. His 20-person staff was put on furlough after the pandemic closed the venue for an indefinite period. Trevino began doing research for how he could help bring live entertainment back to the property and, in the process, help the community get back to work. Hidalgo sits next to the border of Mexico, and the arena draws residents from both countries to its events, though the border has been closed to nonessential travel since […]

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Rangers Keep Old Park in Plans

FOOTBALL IN THE PARK: The Dallas Renegades’ XFL opener at Globe Life Park on Feb. 9 was one of three home games they played before the season was canceled because of COVID-19. (Courtesy Texas Rangers) XFL cancellation a blow, but soccer deal remains in place ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers remain committed to keeping their old stadium, Globe Life Park, open even after COVID-19 has shut down all sports and entertainment venues across North America. Globe Life Park opened in 1994 and sits across the street from Globe Life Field, the team’s new $1.2 billion ballpark. The older venue was repurposed for the XFL Dallas Renegades and USL League One’s North Texas SC, which is affiliated with Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas. The question over when both minor league teams resume play remains unanswered due to the pandemic. On April 13, the XFL, owned by WWE Chairman […]

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Rangers Have Sold 80% of Premium Seats

FOUNDERS KEEPERS: The Texas Rangers have sold nine of 10 Founders Suites at Globe Life Field. (Don Muret / Staff) Diversity of products at Globe Life Field widest in MLB, team says As of March 13, the Texas Rangers’ first regular-season game at Globe Life Field remained in flux due to the coronavirus outbreak, but team officials are in a good place. They’ve sold 80% of total premium seat inventory, said Joe Januszewski, the Rangers’ executive vice president and chief revenue and marketing officer. The new $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium has 71 long-term suites, plus 2,200 club seats distributed among five lounges. The diversity of premium product is unmatched in Major League Baseball, Januszewski said, and a far cry from the offerings at Globe Life Park, the Rangers’ old open-air facility across the street. “We’re going from one club at the old park to five clubs in the new building, […]

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Austin Track Ready to Throw a Stones Party

Bruno Mars performs on the Super Stage in October 2018 at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. (Courtesy Circuit of the Americas) Concert at Circuit of the Americas will have a festival feel The Rolling Stones are throwing a big holiday party in Austin, Texas, a departure from their typical concert format. Their Memorial Day weekend performance at Circuit of the Americas, a Formula One racing facility, will take on a festival vibe with multiple activities at the sprawling property. The May 24 concert is the only non-stadium booking among the 15 venues that make up the Stones’ 2020 “No Filter” tour. For COTA, it’s the first stand-alone concert for the 8-year-old track apart from live shows tied to the annual F1 races and the Germania Insurance Amphitheater, the complex’s 14,000-capacity outdoor music venue. Call it Stonesfest, done Texas-style. In addition to the concert, ticket holders can fish, boat, swim, play […]

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Texas: Live Nation High on The HiFi Dallas Project With Mavericks

READY FOR A SPIN? The HiFi Dallas is set to open in May. (Courtesy Live Nation) New to the Texas scene this year will be The HiFi Dallas, a 1,000-general admission house with a seated capacity of 700, which will open May 15. Conceived by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Live Nation’s Michael Rapino, the new live entertainment space is situated in the Dallas Design District in a refurbished furniture store and warehouse next to the Mavericks’ practice facility and just blocks away from American Airlines Center, where the Mavericks play. Buildout started last summer. “It’s a very intimate contemporary club with elevated finishing touches and flourishes throughout, and we believe it will be the most beautiful venue of its size in Dallas,” said Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of Live Nation Entertainment’s clubs and theaters division. “As the name suggests, it will have an unmatched sound system which […]

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Texas: Blazing Hot

SUITED UP: The Jonas Brothers play American Airlines Center in Dallas. (RAP Photo Co.) Records fall at top Lone Star State venues   THE CIRCUIT Venue managers talk about what defined their year Globe Life Park, Arlington Sean Decker, executive vice president of events and entertainment How did you do last year? 2019 was a record year for Globe Life Park and its last as the home of the Texas Rangers. From a historic final baseball season to three major concerts, an international soccer match and 200-plus private events, Globe Life Park was busier than ever before. All of this prior to starting a major renovation in mid-October to transition the facility from a ballpark to multipurpose sports and entertainment facility. Big shows Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Jason Aldean. Changes Globe Life Park, which was the home of the Texas Rangers for 26 seasons from 1994 to 2019, welcomes […]

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C3 Presents Signs Deal for New Austin Amphitheater

NEW STAR IN TEXAS: The Moody Amphitheater will open in downtown Austin, Texas, in the fall. (Courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners) Live Nation-owned promoter will bring in acts as part of 15-year deal Live Nation-owned C3 Presents has solidified a 15-year agreement to bring touring acts to the Moody Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat venue in downtown Austin, Texas, that is set to open this fall. The agreement between the Austin-based live music and festival company and the nonprofit Waterloo Greenway organization will allow for 35 dates a year beginning in spring 2021. The partnership was not unexpected since C3 got its start promoting the Austin City Limits Festival in nearby Zilker Park. Since its start in 2002 that festival has expanded to two weekends each October and annually brings in more than $250 million in economic activity to the area. In a prepared statement, company co-founder Charles Attal said the new venue […]

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