Vipers Announce 2021-22 Season Schedule
EDINBURG, Texas - The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA G League Affiliate of the Houston Rockets, announced today their 2021-22 season schedule. The Vipers will celebrate their 15th year anniversary with an innovative schedule that tips-off on Friday, November 5 at Bert Ogden Arena.
After being away for 604 days, the Vipers open the season at home on Friday, November 5 as they host Austin Spurs, NBA Spurs affiliate, at 7:30 p.m. CST. In celebration of returning back home to the RGV, the Vipers will be giving away a special item to fans.
"We are excited and look forward to welcoming the Rio Grande Valley fans back to Bert Ogden Arena in November," said Rene Borrego, Vipers CEO. "We can't wait to bring back high-quality entertainment with high caliber talent for our fans to enjoy."
On Saturday, November 20 and Monday, November 22, RGV will be hosting the Capitanes de la Ciudad de Mexico in their inaugural season at home. The Vipers will also welcome for the first time the Birmingham Squadron, NBA New Orleans Pelicans affiliate, on Black Friday, November 26.
RGV will head into the 2022 new year in a six-game road trip, starting out at Iowa Wolves on New Year's Day. February will be the longest the team will be on the road with eight games in seven different cities - Salt Lake City, Santa Cruz, Stockton, Austin, Birmingham, Sioux Falls and Dallas.
The Vipers will end their 15th campaign on Saturday, April 2nd as they host Agua Caliente Clippers. In addition, RGV will host their annual All-Star game where the best of the best local high school talent compete in a West vs East match.
This year's season format will be split in two parts. The first set of 12 games and the two games from the G League Showcase at the start of the 2021-22 campaign make up the Showcase Cup. The Showcase Cup will feature all 29 teams and NBA G League Ignite that will conclude at the NBA G League Winter Showcase with the Showcase Cup Championship Game.
Teams will be separated into four regional pods where they play 12 games against each other in their respective G League markets. The teams with the best winning-percentage in each regional pod, including the four teams with the next best win-percentage across the league, will go on to play for the Showcase Cup in a single-elimination tournament at the NBA G League Winter Showcase between Dec. 19-22. The winners and runners-up will compete for a trophy and a monetary prize pool.
Those who don't qualify to compete for the Showcase Cup Championship will each play an additional two games each at the Winter Showcase outside of the tournament format.
The second half of the G League season begins on December 27th, and features a traditional 36 regular-season schedule. The Vipers will host 18 home games and 18 road games. Each team will play a total of 50 games in the 2021-22 season.
The 2021-22 Vipers complete schedule will consist of four back-to-back home games, including 10 weekday games: one Monday game, one Tuesday, four games on Wednesday and four on Thursday. The Vipers will host 15 weekend home games: six Friday games, seven Saturday games and one Sunday matchup.
In addition, six games will be hosted in November, three in December, six games in January, two in February, eight games in March and one lone game to cap off the season in April. All tip-off times are set at 7:30 p.m., except the only Sunday game is set at 6 p.m.
The health and safety of our fans remains our top priority and we will continue to work with the NBA, local public health experts on protocols to keep RGV fans, players and personnel safe and healthy.
RGV will announce the promotional giveaways and theme nights, at a later date.
Vipers season memberships for the 2021-22 season are now available for purchase at 956-56-ARENA. The complete season schedule can be found at www.rgvipers.com.
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