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.

Sheraton Dallas has welcomed Pierre Daval as the hotel’s new executive chef. Daval has more than 25 years of culinary experience, including 20 years with Marriott International. Originally from France, Daval started his culinary career in the United States at the Marriott Tan-Tar-A Resort in Missouri in 2000. His most recent role was at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Illinois as the executive chef and food and beverage director where he personally managed an apiary and a two-acre farm. He also previously worked at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare and the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

 

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on its new extended-stay brand in Plano. The all new-construction brand, operating under the working title "Project ECHO," has 72 hotels in the development pipeline as of the end of the second quarter. The purpose-built, 124-room Project ECHO prototype is just over 50,000 square feet, with individual rooms averaging 300 square feet. 

 

The historic Austin hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Nori Meisner to its staff as historic tour guide and special events concierge. In her new role, Meisner will bring to life the stories of the hotel, which was built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886. Among the many memories she’ll share with guests on the history tour is the first date between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. The two met over breakfast on that fateful day.