RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) on Wednesday announced it has acquired H-E-B Park, designating the venue as the primary home for the upcoming Vaqueros football program.
The announcement came during a press conference at H-E-B Park, now to be referred to as UTRGV Stadium. Since 2017, the venue had served as the home of the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros of the United Soccer League. The organization ceased operations in December 2023.
In addition to UTRGV Stadium, the Vaqueros also will play a home game each season in Brownsville at Sams Memorial Stadium. 
UTRGV Stadium has a capacity of nearly 10,000 and boasts 20 acres of festival grounds, including an amphitheater that seats an additional 2,500.
UTRGV President Guy Bailey said the stadium presents an extraordinary opportunity for the university.
“UTRGV Stadium gives both our community and football program immediate access to a premier facility while also providing additional possibilities for our university,” Bailey said. “Its location off Expressway 281 also ensures convenient access for our fans, as well as visitors who make their way into the Valley for games.”
Bailey expressed gratitude for the pivotal role the City of Edinburg and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EDC) have played in facilitating the acquisition.
“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Edinburg City Council, and Edinburg EDC, along with their dedicated teams,” Bailey said. “Without their unwavering support and shared vision, this transformative collaboration would not have come to fruition.”
Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza said he is excited about UTRGV football and its benefits to the city. 
“Continuing another historic chapter in our longstanding relationship with the university, this partnership between the City of Edinburg and UTRGV symbolizes our steadfast commitment to nurturing growth and opportunity within our community,” Garza said. “Bringing Division I football to Edinburg enriches our city’s sports landscape and paves the way for new possibilities for our residents and visitors alike. I sincerely thank President Bailey and the entire university team for their visionary leadership and collaborative efforts. I eagerly anticipate UTRGV football’s transformative impact on Edinburg and the entire Rio Grande Valley.”
The UTRGV Stadium complex offers an array of amenities and features, making it an exceptional venue for both college football and entertainment, with:

  • 20 Acres of Festival Grounds: The grounds provide versatile space for various activities and events, such tailgating, concerts, and campus and community events.
  • LED Video Board: The state-of-the art video board is 43-foot by 24-foot. 
  • Amphitheater: Provides an intimate setting for concerts, stage shows and special events for up to 2,500 people.
  • 30 Luxury and Eight Patio Suites: Provides a unique game day experience for fans.

Chasse Conque, UTRGV vice president and director of athletics, called the stadium the crown jewel of outdoor facilities in the Valley.
“We have seen a tremendous outpouring of interest in and support for our football program,” Conque said. “We will be playing in one of the top facilities in NCAA Division I FCS, and we look forward to using the next year and a half to create an unforgettable game day experience for our fans.”
UTRGV already has collected more than 2,800 season ticket deposits for the 2025 season. 
Head football coach Travis Bush said he is thrilled to call UTRGV Stadium home. 
“This has been the goal since day one, and it’s the final piece of the puzzle for UTRGV Football,” Bush said. “This stadium adds to our facilities that are under construction as being the best in our conference and on top of FCS Football, which will only help us continue to recruit top talent to UTRGV. It will be the perfect college football environment for the Rio Grande Valley, and we can’t wait to see it packed with fans wearing orange.”
Season ticket deposits for the inaugural season of UTRGV football currently are being accepted for just $25 per ticket at The Vaqueros take the field for their first season of competition in 2025.

Compared to the other nine NCAA Division I FCS programs in Texas, UTRGV ranks among the top in football facilities. Student-athletes will have access to the Vaqueros Performance Center, providing more than 45,000 square feet of space for locker rooms, the Val LaMantia and Dr. Guy Bailey Academic Success Center, a large, state of the art strength & conditioning facility, a sports medicine facility, coaches’ offices, meeting space, and full-size turf and natural grass practice fields, in addition to UTRGV Stadium.
UTRGV Stadium is one of just two NCAA Division I FCS football stadiums in Texas to be built as recently as 2017. UTRGV has already collected more than 2,800 season ticket deposits for the 2025 season. Based on ticket demand, the capacity of UTRGV Stadium, and the record support UTRGV is seeing for its current programs, UTRGV will have an immediate opportunity to draw sellout crowds on a consistent basis.
The Vaqueros Performance Center ranks as one of the two largest football-centric facilities, one of just a few with two full practice fields, and the only one with one full turf and one full natural grass practice field among NCAA Division I FCS programs in Texas.



The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.


UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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