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McConaughey Named ‘Minister of Culture’ for Longhorns’ Basketball Arena

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How many of you have planned a trip to your favorite Texas sports facility looking forward to not only the game, but the overall experience? That’s what the University of Texas is hoping to develop for its fans with the opening of a new basketball arena and entertainment facility. With the help of Matthew McConaughey, one of its more famous alumni, the stadium will open in 2021, and the fan experience will be brought up a notch. How will he help? He’s recently been named the “Minister of Culture,” and that’s got jaws dropping.

Have you ever heard of such a title? In terms of great honors to bequeath, it truly does sound like a movie role in the making – which McConaughey is no stranger to. The Academy Award-winning star from the school’s class of 1993 has been fine-tuning the art of creating experiences his entire adult life. His whole career is based around developing characters that lend their essence to a film, and it’s believed that the school is interested in making use of that same concept for their on-campus arena. In a press conference held on Thursday, December 20, athletic director Chris Del Conte told sportsday.dallasnews.com, “I’m fired up for our student-athletes. I’m fired up for the city of Austin, for our students and more importantly for the University of Texas. We’re making dreams a reality.”

McConaughey Named ‘Minister of Culture’ for Longhorns’ Basketball Arena

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UT hasn’t defined what McConaughey’s new role would entail, but in a recent press release, the actor himself explained, “It’s time to raise the bar. It’s time to excel, on the court and in the stands. It’s time for an authentic home court advantage for our Longhorn basketball teams.” The arena is anticipated to seat 10,000, with the capacity to expand to 15K seats for concerts and events. It will be home to both men’s and women’s basketball games and is being planned in partnership with ArenaCo, which has investments from both McConaughey and Live Nation (a concert promotion company). In an innovative agreement spanning 35 years, the facility will be based on university land and made fully operable without the use of public funds or school money.