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Vaqueros to Host Tournament on South Padre Island in December

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Wednesday that the women’s basketball team will host the UTRGV South Padre Island Classic, a four-game tournament featuring UTRGV, North Texas, Prairie View A&M and Weber State, Dec. 18-19 at the South Padre Island Convention Centre.

The women’s basketball team is known to have played on South Padre Island twice previously, on Nov. 22, 2009 against Long Beach State and Dec. 14, 2002 against Northern Arizona.

UTRGV basketball season ticket holders will receive tickets to all four games and those will be included in their season ticket packages. Additionally, fans can purchase tournament packages that include all four games for $20 or single-day passes, which include two games, for $12 each. Groups of 10 or more can purchase single-day passes for the discounted price of $10 each. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the UTRGV Athletics Ticket Office team of Carlos Munoz (956-665-3747) and Tiffany Ochoa (956-665-3415) over the phone or through email at tickets@utrgv.edu.

“We are excited to be able to bring UTRGV basketball to Cameron County for what we plan to be an annual event on South Padre Island,” UTRGV Vice President and Director of AthleticsChasse Conque said. “We are committed to making UTRGV the Valley’s team and playing in Cameron County. Playing on South Padre Island is key to our mission to #RallyTheValley behind UTRGV Athletics.”

Conque has placed an emphasis on bringing UTRGV Athletics to the entire Rio Grande Valley, spearheading a Brownsville initiative that has seen athletics bring student-athletes, coaches and/or staff to the Brownsville campus on a bi-weekly basis. UTRGV Athletics also formed a partnership with the City of Brownsville to bring more events, including competitions, camps, clinics, and fan days to Brownsville.

“We’re inviting everyone to please join us and make this a successful event,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. said. “We’re excited about the future between Cameron County and UTRGV Athletics.”

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South Padre Island is a tropical oasis located off the southern tip of Texas. This barrier island offers the unsurpassed beauty of the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and is the ideal year-round destination for visitors seeking a getaway from the daily grind.

South Padre Island features 34 miles of beautiful white sand and clear emerald water, making it one of the world’s most exquisite barrier islands – and the only tropical island in Texas. Calm weather and water and more than 300 days of sunshine make South Padre Island a great place to visit all year. When visiting during the winter, the warm sun melts away your cares as you stroll down the beach in shorts and sandals. You can close your eyes, breathe deeply, and let go of all the worries you left behind when your trip to South Padre began.

With a breathtaking view of the Laguna Madre Bay, the South Padre Island Convention Centre offers 45,000 square feet of space for meetings, conventions, conferences, trade shows, exhibits and special events. The primary facilities include 22,500 square feet of exhibit hall space with a clear ceiling height of 36 feet for large meetings and sporting events, a 2,633 square foot conference auditorium, and 9,000 square feet of breakout space. A large central lobby can also host various exhibits and functions. The Sunset Terrace adjoins the lobby, providing the perfect setting and view for an outside reception.

“We’re really excited about the partnership with UTRGV,” South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Ed Caum said. “We’re going to #RallyTheValley. We’re bringing basketball back to the Island in December. We can’t wait to be with our UTRGV partners.”

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