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UTRGV Announces Purchase of Stadium and Facilities


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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) announced on February 28th that it has acquired H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas, the current home of the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros of the United Soccer League, which ceased operations in 2023. The move paves the way for UTRGV to use the facility as its homefield for the Vaqueros football program, which will play its inaugural season in 2025.

 

Also announced at a press conference was the rechristening of the venue to UTRGV Stadium. Built in 2017, the stadium currently seats approximately 10,000, with the ability to expand to 12,500. In addition to their new home, the Vaqueros will play one game each season at Sams Memorial Stadium in Brownsville, Texas.

 

"UTRGV Stadium gives both our community and football program immediate access to a premier facility while also providing additional possibilities for our university," UTRGV President Guy Bailey said. "Its location off Expressway 281 also ensures convenient access for our fans, as well as visitors who make their way into the Valley for games."


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 The UTRGV Stadium complex features 20 acres of festival grounds that can be utilized for tailgating, concerts, and campus or community events. The stadium’s LED video board is 43-feet-by-24-feet, and was lauded as being state-of-the-art when installed. Lastly, there are 30 luxury suites and eight patio suites for premium game day seating.  

 

“Continuing another historic chapter in our longstanding relationship with the university, this partnership between the City of Edinburg and UTRGV symbolizes our steadfast commitment to nurturing growth and opportunity within our community,” Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza said. “Bringing Division 1 football to Edinburg enriches our city's sports landscape and paves the way for new possibilities for our residents and visitors alike … I eagerly anticipate UTRGV football's transformative impact on Edinburg and the entire Rio Grande Valley.”


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