Moody Center 2023 concerts, events ranked by affordability

Logan Dubel, Senior Life and Arts Reporter

Bright lights and a sea of fans overtook Moody Center when the venue opened last April at the edge of UT’s campus, providing endless entertainment to students and Austinites alike. Since then, Moody quickly cemented itself as a must-stop facility for the world’s leading artists. The venue promises a jam-packed calendar in 2023, presenting Longhorns with the chance to catch major performances and events. The Daily Texan compiled a list of this year’s must-see events, along with an affordability meter to consider college students’ all-mighty budget. 

Disclaimer: Prices change drastically from section to section, but the affordability classifications generally focus on the center lower and upper-deck sections, where students can still watch their favorite artists in action without blowing their budget. 

Affordable Night Out

San Antonio Spurs – April 6 & 8

This year, Moody not only welcomes Longhorns basketball players, but NBA stars too. The San Antonio Spurs will play two games against the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves in Austin, honoring the team’s 50th anniversary. Upper-deck tickets run for as low as $44 and lower-deck tickets for $103. Go once, go twice, just don’t double-dribble.

Janet Jackson – June 4

As the Queen of Pop embarks on her “Together Again” tour, fans can catch the youngest Jackson sibling for $49 in the upper deck and $79 in the lower deck, as she breaks out her biggest hits and celebrates 50 years in entertainment.

Sam Smith – Sept. 5

The “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer continues to say hello to touring as they prepare to release their next studio album Gloria later this month. Many seats remain open, with upper-deck tickets running for as low as $35 and lower-deck tickets for $95.

Spring For It

Adam Sandler – Feb. 14

A night with the Happy Gilmore and Grown Ups actor might not be the most romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, but a few hours with actor and comedian Adam Sandler will certainly have crowds chuckling endlessly. Most lower-deck tickets run at $135.

Journey – Feb. 22

After 50 years, Journey continues lighting up stages with “Don’t Stop Believin’” and other 80s medleys. For upper- or lower-deck seats, some tickets go for as low as $176. 

SZA – March 9

The chart-topping R&B star promotes her sophomore album SOS. Both regular and verified resale seats remain open, with upper-deck tickets going for as low as $170.

Paramore – July 9

The Tennessee pop-punk group arrives in the summer to promote their new album This Is Why. For those wanting to say “Ain’t It Fun” and see the show, most tickets, available through verified presale, hover around $200.

Break the Bank

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – Feb. 16

“The Boss” embarks on his latest North American tour, but hearing the artist wail “Born in the U.S.A.” comes at a hefty price. Ticketmaster faced backlash for its dynamic pricing program, though verified resale tickets remain available, with upper-deck seats for $250 and lower-deck tickets ranging from $400-900.

Morgan Wallen – May 24 

Country concerts typically fall on the more affordable side, but not for superstar Morgan Wallen. A few seats remain open for the “Whiskey Glasses” singer’s performance, with prices ranging from nearly $400 to $1,000.