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SportTexas alum Matthew McConaughey to be 'Minister of Culture' for Longhorns' basketball arena

02:10  21 december  2018
02:10  21 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Texas alum Matthew McConaughey to be ' Minister of Culture ' for Longhorns ' basketball arena . Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (Class of 1993) has been tabbed as the venue's “ Minister of Culture ,” which the school says will help "create a fan experience unlike any

Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong invited UT alum Matthew McConaughey to practice Now there aren't too many Ministers of Culture in the college basketball world, and the school With his Texas Longhorns struggling this season, Texas alum Matthew McConaughey stopped by a

Texas alum Matthew McConaughey to be 'Minister of Culture' for Longhorns' basketball arena© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Matthew McConaughey regularly appears at Texas games.

The University of Texas is set to open a new basketball arena and entertainment facility in 2021 -- and it's using one of its most famous alums to help with the fan experience.

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (Class of 1993) has been tabbed as the venue's “Minister of Culture,” which the school says will help "create a fan experience unlike any other."

Now there aren't too many Ministers of Culture in the college basketball world, and the school didn't make clear what McConaughey's duties would entail, but somehow it all seems fitting in a city whose motto is "Keep Austin Weird."

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The Texas Longhorns will open a new basketball arena and entertainment facility in 2021, and the university has dubbed Matthew McConaughey as the venue's “ Minister of Culture ." According to the school, the Academy Award-winning actor from the Class of '93 will help "create a fan experience

Actor Matthew McConaughey celebrates after the Texas Longhorns defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 5, 2009, in Glendale, Arizona. What duties come with being the minister of culture for a college basketball arena are , at present, unclear. But he might have given fans a

The on-campus arena will have a capacity of 10,000 for men's and women's basketball games, but it will be capable of expanding to 15,000 seats for touring concerts and shows.

“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," McConaughey said in a news release.

No word on whether the arena will include a magic mic.

The university is building the $338 million venue in partnership with ArenaCo -- a corporation in which McConaughey and concert promoter Live Nation are invested.

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AUSTIN -- The Minister of Culture paid a visit to the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday night. Matthew McConaughey , a UT alum and Academy Actor Matthew McConaughey , right, visits with Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski before the team's NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in

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