The 89 year old San Antonio Municipal Auditorium today officially became the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, as the new sign went up on the familiar Moorish stone facade of the building, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
But Michael Fresher, the President and CEO of the Tobin Center, says that facade is all that is left over from the 1925 Municipal Auditorium.
"The acoustics are gong to be world class, the seating, the sight lines, the amenities, are all like this city has never seen before," he said.
Major artists from Charlie Daniels to Bill Cosby to Paul McCartney to the San Antonio Symphony are booked into the Tobin Center.
"Our season if fully booked for 2014 and 2015, in fact we are already moving ahead to booking 2015 and 2016," he said. "We have over 400 events in our first year.”
The $203 million project is being partly funded by the 2008 extension of the venue tax which built the AT&T Center, $100 million. $58 million was raised by private donationss. And the rest, about $45 million, was the donation of the land and the historic Auditorium.