Construction of Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, TX should be completed late in the spring, according to a recent update.
Slated to be the new home of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Gatorade League, Bert Ogden Arena had its groundbreaking ceremony in February 2015. In the period since, however, the arena’s construction has run into a few delays, while officials have added several amenities to the venue since its was originally planned.
At Tuesday’s Edinburg City Council meeting, an updated timeline of the project was presented. It was stated during the meeting that the arena should be completed late this spring, with officials noting some of the features planned for the facility. More from Valleycentral.com:
“From the original plan we’ve almost doubled the size of the arena,” said RGV Vipers and Cantu Construction Owner, Alonzo Cantu. “We decided it would a be better financial investment for the city and for us to be more flexible as far as size and attendance, up to 9 -10 thousand,”
Groundbreaking for the arena was back in February 2015. It was originally intended to be a $60 million project, but turned into a nearly $90 million investment….
The city is investing $30 million, which came from a tax increment reinvestment zone—meaning, no money is being used from the city’s general fund.
Cantu is funding the remaining $30 million, plus the $28 million in additions. The city will reimburse him $8 million for those add-on expenses.
The Vipers currently play their home games at State Farm Arena in Hildago, TX.