With the National Football League season and high school football just around the corner, what better time to announce a new arena football team to play at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.
Chadd Dittman, owner of the new team in the Rio Grande Valley along with Thom Hager, president of the Southern Indoor Football League and Hidalgo Mayor John David Franz, announced July 29 that the new team would take the field in the upcoming indoor season in March.
“We’re so excited to bring some of the best entertainment and family fun to the Rio Grande Valley,” Franz said as he was introducing the owner of the team and president of the league. “We’re proud to be in 2011 and three years following the home for an indoor football team that is going to compete in the SIFL.”
Dittman, who also owns the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, explained that the next eight months are going to go by fast.
“Over the next eight months it’s going to be fast and furious on the things we have to do,” Dittman said. “The next step is going to be opening the offices and hiring a team staff. We have a nationwide search right now for a head coach.”
The team right now is without a name, but a contest that is going on right now at rgvsifl.com where one lucky fan will name the team, will receive lifetime front row seats and will toss the coin at the inaugural game.
The contest ends on August 13 and shortly thereafter will be the unveiling of the team logo and team colors.
As Hager explained the league and told the audience that Texas knows football, he made sure to point out about how affordable the games were going to be for families. Season tickets start at $84 and reach up to $225 dollars with payment plans for those who are managing a budget.
“We thought it was important that we launch a league that focuses on affordable family entertainment because sometimes professional sports always keep pitching up,” Hager said. “It’s important to me to have mom and dad and the kids and anyone else coming out to the game and enjoying it together.”