State Farm Arena
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|Former names||Dodge Arena (2003–2010)|
|Address||2600 North SH 336|
|Owner||City of Hidalgo-Texas Municipal Facilities Corporation|
|Operator||City of Hidalgo-Texas Municipal Facilities Corporation|
|Broke ground||June 2002|
|Opened||October 23, 2003|
($29.9 million in 2017 dollars)
|Architect||PBK Architects, Inc.
Eduardo Vela Architects
|Project manager||International Coliseums Company|
|Services engineer||Murray & Associates, Inc.|
|Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL) (2003–2012)
Rio Grande Valley Dorados (AF2) (2004–2009)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League) (2007–2016)
Rio Grande Valley Magic (SIFL/LSFL) (2011–2012)
Hidalgo La Fiera (MASL) (2012–2014)
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (NAHL) (2013–2015)
Rio Grande Valley Sol (LSFL/XLIF) (2014–2015)
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.ory
The arena was built in 2003, at a cost of $23 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. In June 2014, State Farm extended their naming rights deal for another five years.
State Farm Arena is currently home to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League. The team has been based at the arena since 2007, and will stay at the arena until their new home, Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, is completed in October 2016.
The professional minor league Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees ice hockey team of the Central Hockey League called the arena home from 2003 to 2012. In 2013 a junior ice hockey team of the same name began play as a member of the North American Hockey League and played there until the team relocated to Aston for the 2015-16 season. 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 Rio Grande Valley Magic of the Lone Star Football League were based here from 2011 through 2012. The Hidalgo La Fiera of the Major Arena Soccer League were founded in 2012 as "Rio Grande Valley Flash" and renamed in July 2013. La Fiera ceased operations mid-season in December 2014.
One notable State Farm Arena concert took place in 2009, when Mexican singer Gloria Trevi performed before a soldout crowd. Trevi has been a resident of the Rio Grande Valley in recent years and presently resides in McAllen, of which Hidalgo is a suburb. Another notable concert featured country music star George Strait in 2014 as the second-to-last show of his farewell "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour". On October 19, 2014, the arena hosted an NBA pre-season game between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.
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