State Farm Arena

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State Farm Arena
The Hive, The Dodge, The Temple
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Former names Dodge Arena (2003–2010)
Location 2600 North SH 336
Hidalgo Texas, U.S.A. 78557
Broke ground June 2002[1]
Opened October 23, 2003
Owner City of Hidalgo-Texas Municipal Facilities Corporation[2]
Operator City of Hidalgo-Texas Municipal Facilities Corporation[2]
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $23,000,000
($29.5 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect PBK Architects, Inc.[1]
Eduardo Vela Architects[1]
Project manager International Coliseums Company[1]
Services engineer Murray & Associates, Inc.[1]
General contractor Williamson/Pharr[1]
Capacity Hockey: 5,500
Concerts: 6,800
Tenants
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL) (2003–2011)
Rio Grande Valley Dorados (AF2) (2004–2009)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) (2007–present)
Rio Grande Valley Magic (LSFL) (2011-2012)
La Fiera FC (PASL-Pro) (2012-present)

The State Farm Arena is a multi-purpose complex, in Hidalgo, Texas. It was formerly known as Dodge Arena, until February 4, 2010.

The arena seats up to 5,500 persons in its configuration for ice hockey, indoor football and indoor soccer, and up to 6,800 persons in its center stage concert configuration, which has also been used for boxing events.

The arena also features 25 suites, 500 club seats, 2,200 on-site surface parking spaces, an adjacent 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) lounge with access from outside the arena, as well as a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) bar and a 300-square-foot (28 m2) pro shop.

It is home to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League since 2003, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League since 2007, and the Rio Grande Valley Magic of the Lone Star Football League since 2011. The Rio Grande Valley Dorados of arena football's AF2 league were tenants from 2004 until 2009, when the team folded along with the league. The La Fiera FC of the Professional Arena Soccer League were founded in 2012 as "Rio Grande Valley Flash" and renamed in July 2013.

It was built in 2003, at a cost of $20 million, and is owned by the City of Hidalgo Municipal Facilities Corporation. The former DaimlerChrysler Corporation, at that time the owner of the Dodge brand, purchased the naming rights to the arena. Country music star Alan Jackson gave the first concert at the arena. On February 4, 2010, State Farm Insurance bought the naming rights for the arena.

One of the most notable events in State Farm Arena history took place in 2009, when Mexican singer Gloria Trevi, who was on tour at the time, performed before a soldout crowd. The concert was made more notable due to Trevi having been a resident of the Rio Grande Valley in recent years (she presently resides in McAllen, of which Hidalgo is a suburb.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mark Rea (May 1, 2003). "'Revolution' Earns New Multipurpose Arena For Hidalgo Area". Texas Construction. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.statefarmarena.com/about_arena.php
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.

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Coordinates: 26°7′26″N 98°14′48″W / 26.12389°N 98.24667°W / 26.12389; -98.24667