Moody Center, a multi-purpose venue located in downtown Austin, opened its doors this past April. The sold-out grand opening show was a Texas-sized celebration featuring artist George Strait with special guests Willie Nelson & Family and Randy Rogers Band. 

The 530,000-square-foot arena is built into the hillside and offers sweeping 360 degrees of glass walls and at-grade entrances into every concourse in the building. It replaces the 45-year-old Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center at The University of Texas and is now the home to the University of Texas women's and men's basketball games, as well as other sports and community events. 

Premium spaces include more than 44 suites, nearly 2,000 club seats, three premium clubs, 57 loge boxes and one VIP club. The venue is also available for corporate and private events. 

Moody Center is privately financed by Oak View Group, Live Nation/C3 Presents, University of Texas and actor Matthew McConaughey.

Omni PGA Frisco Resort, scheduled to open in spring 2023, is now open for group booking requests. 

Located in Frisco, 30 miles north of Dallas, the 500-room resort will feature more than 127,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, including a 22,000-square-foot grand ballroom, an 11,500-square-foot junior ballroom and a 5,000-square-foot event pavilion.

 

The Valencia Hotel Group is known for designing spaces that are not only located in desirable destinations but have become desirable destinations in and of themselves. Those spaces are augmented by the group’s renowned service culture that comes from having a well-trained, well-seasoned team of associates who are committed to the company’s emphasis on high-touch service.

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.