The Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center — usually just The Erwin Center in common usage — is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of
The University of Texas at Austin. It is also sometimes referred to as "The Drum", owing to its drum-like appearance from outside. The building is
named for former UT Board of Regents member Frank Erwin, who was instrumental in The University making great strides in the expansion of its
facilities during his term. Located right next to downtown Austin, Texas, The Erwin Center is generally accepted to be Austin's current premier
venue for large public and private events, with seating for up to 16,755.
The center, intended to replace Gregory Gymnasium, cost $34 million to build in 1977. UT began a three phase renovation of the center in 2001
and finished in 2003. Originally known just as the Special Events Center from 1963 to 1975, it was renamed in 1980. The University has been in
recent discussions of selling the naming rights for the Erwin Center.
The facility is primarily the home court for the UT men's and women's basketball programs, and is also home to the Austin Wranglers of the
Arena Football League. The center holds many diverse events ranging from concerts to wrestling events and private banquets. The Erwin
Center also hosts the semifinals and finals of the University Interscholastic League boys' and girls' basketball playoffs in all five classifications.