Dwight Howard, left, will flex his muscle in State Farm Arena when Orlando plays Houston in an NBA preseason game Oct. 5. The 2010 D-League champs, Rio Grande Valley, play there.
The Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets play a preseason game Oct. 5 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.
That’s where the defending D-League champions, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, play their home games.
It’s a $20-million facility, folks, so the game isn’t being played in a hole-in-the wall.
This will be Houston’s first preseason game heading into the 2010-11 season.
Hidalgo is 371 miles from Houston. Wonder how the Rockets are going to get there? I suggest taking a caravan and stop at every small town en route and do surprise appearances.
The nearest airport to Hidalgo is McAllen International Airport.
The town has between 100,000 and 200,000 people so you know the airport is rather small, but it actually has a direct flight to and from Orlando.
The airport does take private jets, but if the Magic want to fly commercial and save some coins, it’s $160 round trip. . Just throwing it out there Orlando. And the airport offers a round trip flight for Las Vegas $100 for those who want to pull a Dennis Rodman.
Wonder the Cleveland Cavaliers will play a preseason game at Tullio Arena?
Until it’s renovated, I seriously doubt it.