George Strait Booked to Headline Grand Opening of Austin Arena

It will be just the second time he and Willie Nelson team up onstage!

Written by Chris Parton
George Strait Booked to Headline Grand Opening of Austin Arena
George Strait; Photo credit: Jason Stoltzfus

Country giant George Strait doesn’t do too many shows these days. But when he does, he usually goes big, and next Spring will be no different.

Strait has just be revealed as the headliner of a Texas centric grand opening celebration for Austin’s new Moody Center, helping break in a brand new arena with Willie Nelson and Randy Rogers Band.

Set for April 29, 2022, the show has been dubbed George Strait: “Strait from Moody Center” Presented by Bud Light with Special Guests Willie Nelson & Family and Randy Rogers Band, and it will be one to remember. On top of christening a 15,000-seat music venue in the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital” of the world, the night will also mark Nelson’s 89th birthday. And even though it’s hard to believe, it will also be just second time in their historic careers that Strait and Nelson have shared a stage. Meanwhile, RRB are celebrating their 20th year as prime examples of Texas country in the mainstream, and just released the new track, “Picture Frames.”

“I’m so glad I’ll get to ‘sing one with Willie’ and I can’t think of a better place to do it than Austin, Texas,” Strait says in a statement about the show. “Willie is an incredible musician and an even better person, so I know this will be a great night together along with our friends from Randy Rogers Band.”

Jeff Nickler, general manager of Moody Center agrees, saying the new arena deserves nothing less than a true Lone-Star salute.

“While planning our grand opening celebration, we knew we had an obligation to pay homage to Lone Star State,” Nickler says. “George, Willie and Randy are all Texas natives who have built legendary careers while having an unbelievable impact on the country music industry. It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

Tickets and VIP Packages for the show go on sale October 22 at 10 a.m. CT, and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday (October 13) at 10 a.m. CT through October 21 at 10 p.m. CT. Fans can also sign up for the Moody Center newsletter between now and October 18 to receive venue pre-sale access from October 20 at 10 a.m. CT until October 21 at 10 p.m. CT. 

Strait from Moody Center is only the tenth concert date on Strait’s current calendar, with three shows in Atlanta; Evansville, Indiana; and Minneapolis; before heading back to Las Vegas for four more dates of his Strait to Vegas residency on December 3. The country icon just finished up another Austin appearance, where he took part in the Austin City Limits Festival.