With an NBA D-League team, a professional soccer team and a college football program in the works at UT-RGV, sports fan in McAllen-Reynosa are never far from the action … but that’s only the beginning. Two new world-class venues are on the horizon for the 2016-2017 season — a soccer stadium housing more than 9,500 seats, and an entertainment/events arena with 8,500 seats — all within a five-mile radius of McAllen-Reynosa.
Since 2006, McAllen-Reynosa has been home to the most victorious team in the NBA Development League: the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The two-time title winners will begin playing home games at the brand new Bert Ogden Arena, a $68 million facility that will claim the title of the largest arena in South Texas when it opens in October 2016. For more information, visit their website
The RGV FC TOROS is a member of the United Soccer League (USL). The team will serve as the development affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo. The USL is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league below Major League Soccer (MLS), it features 24 teams in 2015 across the United States and Canada with multiple teams in all four time zones.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley recently announced it was embarking on a $100,000 study to assess the feasibility of football program at the university. The study is being spearheaded by legendary coach Mack Brown. While the first Vaqueros football game may still be a long way off, fans all throughout South Texas are ready for the kickoff of a new era of collegiate sports. For more information, click here.
Since 2007, McAllen’s classic downtown section has been undergoing a dramatic revitalization into a modern Entertainment District serving up drinks, gourmet dining and good times seven nights a week. The “Heart of the City” neighborhood also offers a wealth of cultural attractions, such as art galleries and the McAllen Creative Incubator facility, a sprawling studio space for artists of all backgrounds.
From Batman to Pokemon, this annual event draws attendees from all over the state to see its unique showcase of comics, video games, anime culture, and music. Celebrity guests such as Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings fame have made this one-of-a-kind festival a special treat for fanboys and girls near and far.
For more information, visit www.southtexascomiccon.com.
The inaugural International Festival of Latin American Poetry (FEIPOL) aims to promote a wide selection of Latin American writers to the international community this coming September at South Texas College in McAllen. The event hopes to bring together both acclaimed contemporary artists and emerging talent from various countries, presenting quality poetry written in English and Spanish to an international audience and encouraging the exchange of the Latin American experience with other world cultures. Guests of Honor include U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
For more information, visit www.feipol.us.