Rio Grande Valley Ready to Return to Live Sports
(EDINBURG, Texas) - Golden Grape Entertainment announced on Friday that both H-E-B Park, home of the USL Championship's Rio Grande Valley FC, and Bert Ogden Arena, home of the NBA G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, would reopen this weekend for live events. The organization announced the reopenings following the announcement by Texas Governor Greg Abbot this week that allowed sporting venues to expand their capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent in Phase 3 of the state's reopening.
A recent survey conducted by Golden Grape Entertainment found that 62 percent of respondents said they were ready to attend events within the first 30 days of Bert Ogden Arena and H-E-B Park reopening. That number increases to 72 percent within the first 60 days. The study saw a ratio of 47 percent females and 52 percent males polled, with the largest percentage of respondents (44%) between the ages of 31 and 45 years of age.
"This is excellent news, as both of our facilities are hosting events this weekend," says Ron Patel, President of Golden Grape Entertainment. "Bert Ogden Arena is proud to be hosting today the first public blood drive since the pandemic hit, and H-E-B Park will welcome high school graduates and their families for graduation ceremonies starting this weekend. The United Soccer League also just announced that the Valley's soccer team, the RGV FC Toros, can resume game play at the H-E-B Park starting July 11th, so we are excited to welcome everyone back through our doors very soon!"
In preparation for the return of live events, Golden Grape Entertainment surveyed its fans to determine which preventative measures are most important for them to feel safe upon their return. Of almost 700 respondents, 79% said seeing several hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue, 65% said they would like to see employees use face masks and/or shields, and 62% said it is important to them that employees undergo wellness checks before the start of their shift. All of these measures, and more, are already being implemented across all of Golden Grape's facilities and at all events to ensure the safety and peace of mind of both patrons and employees.
"When the Toros resume their season in July, we want everyone to be confident in the knowledge that we have taken every safety precaution for our staff, patrons, and players," says Patel. "We have taken this time off to perfect our practices for the 'new normal', and when we return, we will be bigger and better than ever!"
The Toros are currently offering a Ticket Bank Plan with three seating options available starting at $75, which includes 10 tickets to ANY home games for the remainder of the season, and TWO FREE Raising Cane's box combos as a gift with purchase. This offer will be available for a limited time, prior to the announcement of the USL Championship's schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season. For information to purchase, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Y8sv2H
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