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November 1, 2013

EDINBURG, Texas — The City of Edinburg and The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation today announced plans for the construction of an events arena to be built just off of Interstate 69 Central. The announcement was made during a press conference held at Edinburg City Hall. Mayor Richard Garcia also announced that the anchor tenant at the arena will be the NBA Development League Champions, the RGV Vipers.

The 115,799 Sq. Ft. arena will be built on 40 acres of land located on the east side of I-69C on Alberta Road. It will feature 8,500 seats and 2,400 parking spaces. The entire property includes nine additional pad sites for the development of a future hotel, restaurants and more parking spaces.

Construction cost for the arena is estimated at $50 million with a boost to the local economy of $96 million during the construction phase and $45 million annually once operational. It is expected to create approximately 150 new jobs.

Mayor Garcia noted that not only will this project enhance the economy by millions of dollars, but it will also improve the quality of life for Edinburg and visitors.

“People want to visit and live in cities where they can get educated, where they can work and where they can play,” he said. “We’ve created  more than 3,500 jobs in the last three years, we have UTPA, which is about to become an even larger UT System campus complete with a medical school, and now we will also have a place for entertainment.”

City leaders say the arena will not only host professional basketball games and other sporting events but will also serve as a location for concerts, graduations and meetings.

A name for the arena has not been determined, but Mayor Garcia said that in itself will create investment opportunities for companies.

Meanwhile, EEDC Director Gus Garcia Jr. said: “This is a culmination of several entities coming together to create entertainment, hotels, restaurants and jobs. We are very excited to have this group invest in Edinburg. I’m excited to say this is the first of many projects the EEDC and the City Council tasked me with when I came on board in June. Talks began four months ago and we are now seeing the fruits of that labor. The EEDC Board is very happy to be working with the City on this project. These are exciting times for Edinburg, and it’s just the beginning. Get ready for several new project announcements coming very soon.”

Mayor Garcia said he has no doubt that this project will make Edinburg a destination City that will benefit the entire Valley.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the defending NBA Development League Champions. They finished 2012-2013 regular season with a 35-14 record, and finished the season with a 16-game winning streak. Edinburg proudly welcomes the RGV Vipers to the community.