The University of Texas at Austin is hosting the developer-led construction of a world-class arena on campus that will become home to Texas Athletics’ men's and women’s basketball games, commencement ceremonies, concerts and other events. The new multi-purpose arena will consist of approximately 15,000 seats and be a state-of-the-art public venue, community event center and basketball arena consistent with other recently completed arenas for peer National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball programs. The arena will be located on what is currently a parking lot (Lot 70) south of Mike A. Myers Stadium and will replace the 41-year-old Frank C. Erwin Center, which will be razed to make way for future expansion of the Dell Medical School. The arena is expected to open by early 2022.
Red River Street Realignment
In addition to construction of the new multi-purpose arena, the University is undertaking a separate Capital Improvement Program project to realign Red River Street from approximately its intersection with 18th Street to just south of its intersection with Dean Keeton Street. This project will align Red River Street generally along the route of the existing Robert Dedman Drive. The name of this newly realigned street will remain Robert Dedman Drive (within Campus boundaries). Upon completion of the newly realigned Red River Street, the existing Red River Street will be formally vacated from approximately its intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to its intersection with Clyde Littlefield Drive. This realignment is required to allow a footprint for the new Arena to be constructed.
Robert Dedman Street will be closed to pedestrains and vehicles from Deloss Dodds Way to Trinity Street starting May 2020 through January 15, 2021.
Robert Dedman Street will be closed to through traffic from Clyde Littlefield Drive to Deloss Dodds Way beginning January 2021 and ending in July 2021.
The south side of Deloss Dodds Way will be closed from February 2021 through August 2021. Two-way traffic will be shifted to the north side of the roadway.
Robert Dedman Street was closed to through traffic from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to 20th Street in December 2020 and will remain closed until early 2022.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Red River (east of the CDL) will be narrowed to two lanes beginning January 2021. The project will maintain two-way traffic and vehicular and pedestrain access to all buildings.
Signage for vehicles and pedestrains will be installed at key locations to assist with wayfinding, and flaggers will be on site as needed to direct traffic.
Within the next several months, construction will continue in phases in several locations, and will be completed in these phases through July 2022. This page will be updated as the projects progress.
- For more information about this project phasing, view the RRR Phasing Plan Slideshow (PDF).
- For more information about the early phases of these projects, view the Moody Center Enabling Project Slides (PDF).
- See Also: Frequently asked questions about the Moody Center and Red River Realignment construction projects
Travel, Parking and Pedestrian Impacts
Travel, parking and pedestrian impacts through January 2022 are detailed in the following Campus communications:
- January 6, 2021, email to Campus community (PDF).
- November 24, 2020, email to Campus community (PDF).
- March 5, 2020, email to the Campus community (PDF)
- January 24, 2020, email to the Campus community (PDF)
- November 26, 2019, email to the Campus community (PDF)
- November 1, 2019, email to the Campus community (PDF)
- October 3, 2019, email to the Campus community (PDF)