UTRGV Fieldhouse

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UTRGV Fieldhouse (formerly UTPA Fieldhouse until the 2015 merger that created UTRGV) is a 2,500-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. It was built in 1969 for one of UTRGV's predecessor institutions, Pan American University, which later became the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), and is home to the UTRGV Vaqueros men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the Vaqueros women's volleyball team. The Fieldhouse is also used extensively by the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

UTRGV Fieldhouse
LocationN 5th Street and W Van Week Street
Coordinates26°18′37″N 98°10′41″W / 26.31028°N 98.17806°W / 26.31028; -98.17806Coordinates: 26°18′37″N 98°10′41″W / 26.31028°N 98.17806°W / 26.31028; -98.17806
OwnerUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley
OperatorUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley
CapacityCurrent: 2,500
Pre-renovation: 4,000
Record attendance5,649
(Jan. 24, 1981 vs
Lamar Cardinals)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Built1969
Opened1969
Renovated2010, 2012–2013
Tenants
UTRGV Vaqueros (NCAA) (2015–present)

Located on the far east end of the campus, the UTRGV Fieldhouse is among the oldest Division I arenas in Texas. While capacity is officially listed at 2,500, a record crowd of 5,649 jammed the Fieldhouse in 1975 to see the Vaqueros' predecessors, Coach Abe Lemons' Pan American University Broncos battle Jack Martin’s [1]Lamar Cardinals. While maintaining a sense of history and tradition, the UTRGV Fieldhouse has undergone renovations. A new center court, new bleachers, and court-side seating were added in 2010. In 2012, a new electronic scoreboard was added. Volleyball offices, locker rooms, and team meeting rooms were renovated in 2012. Basketball offices, locker rooms, and team meeting rooms were renovated in 2013.

The venue's name changed in 2015, when UTRGV began operation following the merger of UTPA and the nearby University of Texas at Brownsville.

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  1. ^ (I covered game. Pat Foster was still five years removed from coming to Lamar)

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  • Fieldhouse webpage:[1]