Moody Center Named Best New Concert Venue Worldwide By Pollstar

(AUSTIN, TX) Last night at the 34th Annual Pollstar Awards in Beverly Hills, CA, Moody Center was named the world’s Best New Concert Venue for 2022-23. The prestigious awards ceremony at The Beverly Hilton recognized the past year’s top-achieving artists, tours, events, and venues in the concert industry. See the full list of winners at 

Since opening in Austin only ten months ago, Moody Center has welcomed nearly one million fans and hosted over 91 concerts. The inaugural season was highlighted by blockbuster artists representing every major genre of music including George Strait, Eagles, Swedish House Mafia, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Andrea Bocelli, Karol G, Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Iron Maiden, Roger Waters, Michael Bublé, Lizzo, Grupo Firme, Dave Matthews Band, Carrie Underwood, Daddy Yankee and most recently, Bruce Springsteen. 

Jeff Nickler, senior vice president of Oak View Group and general manager of Moody Center accepted the award on behalf of the arena. “This award belongs to the fans who have embraced this venue and purchased tickets in unprecedented numbers and to the employees who have brought this arena to life. We look forward to building upon this incredible first season and another record-breaking year in 2023.” 

Charles Attal, Founder of arena partner C3 Presents added “Prior to opening back in April, Moody Center set out to be one of the top ten busiest venues in the country and it has fulfilled that promise. A venue like this has only amplifies the live music scene that has proceeded Austin’s reputation for many years.” 

An impressive line-up will continue to fill the Moody Center event calendar well into 2023. Recently, CMT and CBS together announced for the first time in 20 years that the CMT Music Awards, the country’s only fan-voted awards show, will be hosted at Moody Center on April 2, 2023. Other announced acts for this year include Morgan Wallen, Journey, MUSE, SZA, Blink-182, Madonna for two nights, RBD, Janet Jackson, Sam Smith and Depeche Mode. 

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Moody Center provides the nation’s 11th largest city with a premier venue to host the biggest artists and acts on the planet. Designed specifically for concerts, the new arena replaces the 45-year-old Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center at The University of Texas and is home to The University of Texas Women’s and Men’s basketball games, family shows, and other sporting and community events. Moody Center is the first of its kind in the industry with an unrivaled partnership between Oak View Group, Live Nation/C3 Presents, The University of Texas at Austin and Minister of Culture, Matthew McConaughey. In 2022, Moody Center ranked #1 highest grossing venue in its category by Billboard Magazine and voted 2022-23 Best New Concert Venue by Pollstar Magazine. Additional information and news, follow @moodycenteratx on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Tik Tok. 


Since its founding in 1981, Pollstar, The Voice of Live, has been the premier trade publication dedicated to covering the worldwide concert industry. Pollstar data is the leading resource for the touring industry encompassing box office numbers, routing, and directories. Pollstar produces a weekly magazine, publishes daily content to and its “Daily Pulse” e-newsletter, and executes the world’s largest gathering of live music industry professionals – Pollstar Live. Follow Pollstar on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.