Rio Grande Valley FC’s stadium opening will finally take place on March 22nd, a year later than originally planned. That delay allows for a great match to open their soccer specific stadium as Rio Grande Valley FC (RGV FC) Toros will play CF Monterrey on March 22nd in the first match at HEB Park, the club announced on Monday.
The match between the two teams is a perfect opener for the new stadium with Monterrey being just 150 miles away from Edinburg, where HEB Park is located. CF Monterrey is the closest professional team to RGV FC Toros, with San Antonio FC being 229 miles away.
It will be multiple firsts for RGV FC as it will be the first international friendly the club has ever played, and the first match at their own stadium. It will be one of the first matches for new head coach Othoniel “Junior” Gonzalez who replaced Wilmer Cabrera who moved to Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo in the off season.
This friendly will be the last pre-season match before RGV FC as they open the season in their new stadium against San Antonio FC. The match will also be the first played with full facilities opened, allowing for a dry run for what is sure to be another hotly contested South Texas derby.
HEB Park is a 9,700 capacity stadium, the building of which has been beset with problems, as weather, and overly ambitious scheduling delayed the opening of the stadium by almost a year. Tickets for this match go on sale beginning Friday February 17th and can be purchased through the RGV FC website.