UTRGV football a possibility, Harlingen area should be location for stadium

THE REAL DEL
By JERRY DEAL
This writer is informed BY a source near the situation that the preliminary thoughts by the University of Texas board that was selected to determine if football should be a part of the college sports at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are that it should be included.
After all, it measures up to other UT systems schools and should fit right in. Plus, It would give so many Valley high school students who excel in football, but are ignored by other universities a chance to show they can do just as well.
All that said, next comes the location for a stadium.
Of course the upper Valley will seek to have it there, no doubt McAllen or Edinburg, and so far holds most of the political power surrounding the school — that already has been proven.
Most of the media releases and action at UTGRV has come from the Edinburg facility and the school and its media representatives.
But for the overall situation to be examined and be fair, a UTRGV stadium should be located near the center location of the two bodies of the school, — and that is Harlingen!!
It is likely that a new college stadium will not be constructed for a few years, for one reason it will not be necessary, but Boggus Stadium could handled the crowd for a number of years.
It there are to be real fans they will come a few miles to see the Vaqueros play — and hopefully win.
Let’s get some Harlingen area folks backing this idea, OK?

12 comments for “UTRGV football a possibility, Harlingen area should be location for stadium

  1. erlkonig
    August 11, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Yes, it should be like the city’s bid to have the HQ located in Harlingen mainly because of the equal distance argument. It seems unfair to make UT RGV-Brownsville students travel over an hour to attend home football games in Edinburg. Add in the potential of intoxicated students and fans with the greater distance involved, and this problem gets worse. A stadium located across the Ogden dealerships (largest UT RGV donor to date) in Harlingen would be the best in that the expressway provides easy access for the thousands of fans that would attend games. It is also almost equal distance between Edinburg and Brownsville. The city of Harlingen also has the fourth most hotel rooms in the valley (behind McAllen, Brownsville, SPI) as well as a commercial airport which would be convenient for alums wanting to attend home games. Harlingen also has a wealth of corporations that could possibly want to sponsor the football team and is home to many radio and TV stations that could find it easy to broadcast games. The talk coming out of Edinburg is that it is almost a done deal. Well, it shouldn’t be predicated on a stadium built for soccer and by local public/private partnerships. UT RGV IS a public state-run institution and should not have to rely on local tax incentives or economic development arrangements. The system has the money. Before a stadium is built, a season should be played at Boggus Stadium and then put to a vote as how effective/optimal a central location can be. Lastly what better way can Tudor Ulhorn start his mayoral bid, than by saying he was instrumental in landing the football stadium in Harlingen? The writing is on the wall, you know it’s true, those of you who would get upset by that last comment.

  2. Citizen
    August 11, 2016 at 11:47 am

    It makes great sense Jerry. Unfortunately the powers that be in Edinburg/McAllen will need to come to that conclusion through their own self serving ways. Hopefully the system imposes a solution to embrace what is obvious to any independent minded person.

  3. Gage D
    August 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Harlingen should be all in on this

  4. Bill DeBrooke
    August 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I hate to be the sour grape here but I have to ask, ‘why in the hell does this school need a football team?’ Jerry Deal comments: You raise a good point, but apparently the UT System wants all or nearly all of its schools to be a part of intercollegiate football. It is true only the biggies make any money, others lose lots.

  5. Kenneth J.Benton
    August 11, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    http://savannahceo.com/news/2016/08/governor-deal-adidas-open-production-facility-cherokee-county-create-160-jobs/

    Primary jobs.

    No property tax increase to support money-losing 52 million dollar white elephant

  6. Kenneth J.Benton
    August 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm
  7. Kenneth J.Benton
    August 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    https://www.reshoringinstitute.org

    Maybe somebody can fill up the mall although I seriously doubt it

  8. erlkonig
    August 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Did anyone ever envision a decade ago that the emphasis of the RAHC (medical school) would be centered in the upper valley? As I remember it, the research lab and public health units in Edinburg and Brownsville were secondary to the teaching unit in Harlingen. At least it seemed that way with all the investment Harlingen had poured into it.

    https://riograndeguardian.com/mcraven-discusses-benefits-medical-school-will-bring-to-rgv/

    • lemeow
      August 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Hidalgo County and city leaders also seem to engage with UT leaders more frequently–panels, talks, etc. The panel with McRaven at that link didn’t include anyone from Cameron County, I don’t think. Cameron County needs to start getting in front of university system leaders and making the case to get more of the medical school instead of being complacent and letting it all go to Hidalgo.

    • HarlingenWatchman
      August 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Greedy Mcallen, Edinburg, and chuey hinojosa, just would not let Harlingen have it. They are very greedy and never see the best for the Rio Grande Valley, only to line their pockets. But, what goes around, COMES AROUND.

      • erlkonig
        August 12, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        I hope so, because it appears they have their eyes set on the VA, or at least undermining efforts to establish a fully functioning VA Hospital in Harlingen by creating a quasi fed/state funded VA treatment center that would again become ta key all the emphasis on medical services and economic develop.ent.

  9. President E. Howard
    August 12, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Not trying to throw cold water on the idea but your piece did not mention conference, division, recruiting etc. You mention local players but then you really need to be in smaller classification and then what conference? You would still need to recruit and how easy to draw kids down here. It’s one thing to suggest that since they are UT affiliate they should have football and in Harlingen at that. There are alot of considerations you never mentioned. It might be tough to field a competitive product here. Jerry Deal comments: Of course you are right, I did not get into that. It goes with the entire role that will be played out. Let’s hear some more thoughts on all this.

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