The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Friday that single-session tickets for the inaugural UTRGV South Padre Island Battle on the Beach, featuring men’s basketball games between UTRGV and Northern Arizona as well as Texas Tech and Incarnate Word on November 20th at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, can now be purchased at UTRGVTickets.com.
UTRGV will face Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. Texas Tech plays Incarnate Word at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and include admission to both games.
This is the first time UTRGV men's basketball is playing on South Padre Island since 2009, playing against Chattanooga and Bethune-Cookman as part of the South Padre Island Invitational. UTRGV also took part in the inaugural tournament in 2005, playing Texas Southern and Kent State. Previously, UTRGV faced SMU on South Padre Island in 2003-04.
The addition of the UTRGV South Padre Island Battle of the Beach gives UTRGV two annual basketball events at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, along with women’s basketball’s UTRGV South Padre Island Classic scheduled for Dec. 17-18.
This is Texas Tech men’s basketball’s first visit to South Padre Island since 2010, when the Red Raiders faced Saint Mary’s and South Florida in the South Padre Island Invitational.
This is the third time that Texas Tech has ever visited the Rio Grande Valley, along with a game at what was then known as the UTPA Fieldhouse in 1991.
Texas Tech is coming off an 18-11 season that ends with a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the fifth-ever matchup between UTRGV and Northern Arizona and the first since Dec. 8, 2010. This is Northern Arizona’s first trip to South Padre Island and third trip to the Valley. The two previous games in the Valley were tight, as they were each decided by five points.
This is Incarnate Word’s first-ever visit to South Padre Island and just its second visit to the Valley after previously visiting the Fieldhouse in 2006.
Fans with questions can contact the UTRGV Athletics Ticket Office team of Seth Jones (956) 665-3877, Carlos Munoz (956) 665-3747, and Eddie Galvan (956) 665-3415 over the phone or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.