It was a grand opening for the record books. On Aug. 25, Alonzo and Yoli Cantu along with Bob and Janet Vackar personally welcomed guests to the Bert Ogden Arena, the new home of the RGV Vipers. Right off I-69 in Edinburg is where a preview party took place Saturday evening.
The Bert Ogden Arena is a game changer, and entertainment in the Rio Grande Valley just went to a new level — in fact, a 100-foot level. Every square foot of the $83-million facility wows guests. The arena provides seating for 9,000 on three levels of seating. This includes 12 private suites and six club suites. The arena also boast the largest scoreboard in South Texas at 40×20 feet.
Several hundred attended Saturday’s preview event and were entertained by music, food, drinks and tours. As the Cantus and Vackars called for a champagne toast, Janet entertained the crowd with some tongue-and-cheek humor. She also thanked Alonzo for choosing she and Bob to partner with he and Yoli on the facility.
The multipurpose Bert Ogden Arena is equipped to host a variety of events, including sporting events, concerts and trade shows. Upcoming events include Luis Miguel, WWE’s Live Supershow Summer Slam Heatwave, George López and Marc Anthony.The RGV VIpers also tip off the season in their new home Nov. 3.