The Dorados are back in town.
State Farm Hidalgo Arena and new co-owner of the RGV Dorados Juan Arevalo, announced the return of the arena football team to the Rio Grande Valley last week as part of the International Arena Football League, which is set to begin its inaugural season in March.
“We want to be successful, we want to not just be another team, but to be a team that is professional in every single way,” said Arevalo. “I think we have the coaching in place with a lot of experience and we’re really happy to be here.
The RGV Dorados, led by Head Coach Bennie King, will play a 10-game schedule for the 2019 IAFL season, which begins on March 4 and ends June 22. Seven of the Dorados games will be played at home at State Farm Hidalgo Arena against teams like the San Antonio Knights, Austin Wild, Tamaulipas-Mexico Lagartos and Mexico City Mexicah.
The Dorados were originally founded in 2004 as part of the Arena Football League II, a developmental league of the AFL, but that league was effectively dissolved in 2009, ending the run of arena football in the RGV.
Now, it’s the IAFL running things, which was “established to develop the highest quality arena football with the goal of developing strong teams in competition between Texas and Mexico.”
Juan and his wife Erika Arevalo, along with Domingo De La Garza, serve as co-owners and decided to bring the RGV Dorados back to the Valley after a 10-year absence. Juan, who is also a co-founder and associate pastor at Centro Familiar Cristiano Church and the Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club in Mission, said he hopes to make the Dorados the main attraction in South Texas sports and entertainment.
“It’s been a privilege to work with our communities for the last 20-25 years and know that God is faithful to us,” he said. “It can be a great thing for our community. Our first home game is on March 4, we want to bring a lot of excitement to you all, and of course, we do want to go 7-0 at home.”
A familiar face to Valley high school football fans will be under center for the RGV Dorados as the organization and staff plans to roll out a team composed of local, national, and international talent.
Former Palmview High School quarterback Javier Femat will be the signal-caller for the new-look Dorados, and he’s glad he can help bring more eyes to the good football and talent in the Valley set to be on display this spring and summer.
“There’s a lot of local talent around here, and finally we’re going to put that talent under a microscope and the fans are going to know and see us live,” said the 2010 District 30-5A Offensive Player of the Year. “It’s going to be a great showing every time we step on that field.”
Femat surely put on a show during his days for the Lobos with his bruising, dual-threat style of play, entertaining for everybody in the stands.
Roaming the sideline along with some familiar local high school talent will be Quincy Carter, the former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and the AFL II version of the Dorados.
The RGV Dorados will officially kickoff their first season back in the Valley on Monday, March 4 as they host the San Antonio Knights at State Farm Hidalgo Arena.
All games have are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Dorados home games taking place at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. Tickets can be purchased now at ticketmaster.com.
The RGV Dorados 2019 schedule:
Monday, March 4 vs San Antonio Knights; Saturday March 9 vs Austin Wild; Wednesday, March 27 vs Tamps-Mex Lagartos; Saturday, April 13 @ Tamps-Mex Lagartos; Sunday, May 5 vs San Antonio Knights; Saturday, May 11 vs Mexico City Mexicah; Saturday, June 1 @ Mexico City Mexicah; Saturday, June 8 vs Temple Demons, Saturday, June 15 vs Houston; Saturday, June 22 @ Houston.
For more information, visit the team website at rgv-dorados.com and follow them on Facebook @DoradosArenaFootball.