A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 22, 2008
Super Drum or Superdrum (Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center, UT-Austin)

"Super Drum” (or “Superdrum” or simply “The Drum") is a nickname of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center, on the Austin campus of the University of Texas. The building (opened in 1977) is shaped like a huge drum and the nickname “Superdrum” might be a nod to the Louisiana Superdome (opened in 1975). The nickname “Super Drum” was used by at least January 1976, when the Erwin Center was well over a year away from opening.


Wikipedia: Frank Erwin Center
The Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center — usually just The Erwin Center in common usage — is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. It is also sometimes referred to as “The Drum” or “The Superdrum”, owing to its drum-like appearance from outside (not to be confused with Big Bertha, the large bass drum used by the University of Texas marching band). The facility is primarily the home court for the UT men’s and women’s basketball programs, and is also home to the Austin Wranglers of the af2.

Facilities
The center, intended to replace Gregory Gymnasium, cost $34 million to build in 1977.

22 January 1976, Stevens Point (WI) Daily Journal, pg. 11, col. 1:
Scheduled for completion sometime in 1977 is a long awaited 17,000 “Super Drum” which will be used for basketball and other special events. 

25 June 1977, Evening Capital (Annapolis. MD), pg. 16, col. 4:
AUSTIN, Tex. (AP)—The new University of Texas Special Events Center—called “Super Drum” by basketball fans—will have 16,231 seats, not 17,000 as previously estimated. 

29 March 1985, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, pg. D3:
The Drum is the nickname for the odd-shaped Erwin Center, site of the fourth annual Final Four

28 March 1987, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, pg. D7:
His team will try to beat Tennessee in “The Drum,” the nickname for the Erwin Center, the drab, circular arena on the University of Texas campus. 

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