BY HENRY MILLER | STAFF WRITER
HIDALGO — The RGV Dorados are returning home.
Aleck Rios, marketing consultant for State Farm Hidalgo Arena, announce Friday morning that the Arena Football League II team that made its home in the arena from 2004 to 2009 was returning to play in the International Arena Football League, a new league that will have its inaugural season this year.
“In sports you hear things like ‘bring him home,’ and ‘this is out house,’ Rios said. “Well, the Dorados are back and in their house.”
The Vipers have a 10-game schedule for the 2019 season; seven of the games at home. The Dorados will play their opening game at 7 p.m., Monday, March 7 against the San Antonio Knights. Other teams in the league include the Austin Wild, Tamaulipas-Mexico Lagartos, Houston, the Temple Demons and Mexico City Mexicah.
“This is something that is going to be great for the community and we are here to win,” said co-owner Juan Arevalo. “This is something me and my wife (co-owner Erika Arevalo; Domingo Del La Garza is also a co-owner) have prayed about and our team will bring top athletes and quality entertainment to the arena. This is our house and in sports there is something called home-field advantage and we have seven games at home so that’s seven wins – right coach?”
Bennie King will lead the team as coach and general manager, assisted by Robert Russell as assistant general manager and assistant coaches Mike Ochoa, Steven Jondreau, Fidel Garcia and former Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Quincy Carter.
“This is truly exciting to see this all come together,” King said. “And yeah, there’s pressure, but that’s good. We aren’t here to do anything but win and provide the community with a winning team and program. That’s what we are working on already and will continue to do that.”
The Dorados originally began to play in 2004 as an expansion team of Arena Football’s AF2 league. After four successful seasons, including a 10-6 record in 2005 and a 15-1 mark in 2007, the only loss coming to Bossier-Shreveport. In six seasons, the Dorados went 57-45, before the team folded in 2009 after the dissolution of the AF2.
Following is the 2019 RGV Dorados schedule. All games are schedule for 7 p.m. starts:
Monday, March 4 vs. San Antonio Knights; Saturday, March 9 vs. Austin Wild; 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 vs. Tamps-Mex Lagartos; Saturday, April 13 at Tamps-Mex Lagartos; Sunday, May 5 vs. San Antonio Knights; Saturday, May 11 vs. Mexico City Mexicah; Saturday, June 1at Mexico City Mexicah; Saturday, June 8 vs. Temple Demons; Saturday, June 15 vs. Houston; Saturday, June 22 at Houston.