Rio Grande Valley FC USL superthread

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  1. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana
    Okay, checked the stadium today, July 6th. They have started putting in the steel floor for a portion of the seats on the East Side. Construction seemed to be pretty laid back and slow. I know they want to open it August 2017, but realistically, it still looks like a March 2017 opening.
     
  2. greenroom

    greenroom BigSoccer Supporter

    Apr 16, 2012
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Country:
    United States
    Any reason why? I would think it would be great to open for at least a couple of games this year.. Would love for the last RGV/SAFC match to be the opening as I think it would draw a great crowd and be able to see what works and what needs to be improved.
     
  3. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana

    You have to see the level of construction, it's still very early, with little of it built. I can't see this thing being ready to open before early spring 2017.
     
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  4. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    http://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/671920

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    HEB Park is the name of the entire complex.

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    The article is careful to avoid saying when the stadium will open.
     
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  5. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana
    Because it won't look like this until Spring 2017. No way for this year.
     
  6. Blong

    Blong Member

    Oct 29, 2002
    Midwest, the real one.
    Correct me if im wrong, but isn't the owner of the team also the owner of the construction company building it? Has weather been a problem or is he a bit short on cash?
     
  7. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Yep, the soccer team owner also owns the construction company. They are blaming weather issues and changes in the design. Alonzo Cantu, the primary owner, is not short of cash. He is also building a basketball arena for his local NBA-D League team so having the two simultaneous projects might have affected things. The basketball arena also went through design changes late in the process to increase the seating. It seems to be a pattern.
     
  8. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana
    And with this pattern, don't be surprised to see this stadium done fall 2017.
     
  9. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana
    Anything new about stadium constructions since July 6th? I seem to be the only one posting at RGV forum, I guess there isn't much interest in Big Soccer in the valley. I have doubts that the stadium will be any different from what it was showing in July. I will see it in December and I will report with pictures.
     
  10. greenroom

    greenroom BigSoccer Supporter

    Apr 16, 2012
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Country:
    United States
    Was down there for the last match. From my understanding that it is pretty cut and dry on how it is going to be built. Looks nice.. a little (American) footballish to me. But in speaking with the locals down there it has to do with the wind?
     
  11. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana
    It is very windy in the valley for sure!
     
  12. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana
    Checked out construction on January 6 2017. Cold front came through down to 39 degrees. Workers bundled up in arctic gear, they looked like they were ready for -10 weather! Construction around the stadium is progressing, part of the parking lot needs to be paved. Both East and West Stands with cover are up. About 10% of the seats have been installed. Grading for the field seems to be done. No scoreboard yet. All the inside construction for offices, locker rooms, etc. are not even started yet. This stadium won't be ready for the start of the season.
     

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