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Reckling Park - Rice Owls
One of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country, Rice University has a long history of fostering educators, Nobel laureates, and Pulitzer Prize winners. The school also has a long history of success in athletics, as well, including on the baseball diamond.
Houston Roughnecks – TDECU Stadium
The XFL returned in full force in 2023 with a new spring season and new owners Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his business partner, Dany Garcia. After the unplanned hiatus caused by the pandemic, the returned league brought back with it one of its cornerstone franchises, the Houston Roughnecks.
Arlington Renegades – Choctaw Stadium
In 2020, WWE Owner and Chairman Vince McMahon relaunched the XFL, bringing a team to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Then the pandemic happened and the XFL, like much of the rest of the world, shut down. In 2023, Dwayne Johnson and his business partners relaunched the league and returned a team to north Texas with the Arlington Renegades.
San Antonio Brahmas – Alamodome
The early months of 2023 saw the second revival of the XFL, this time under the auspices of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his business partners. This third iteration (XFL 3.0?) brought with it a new franchise in the Alamo City with the San Antonio Brahmas. Virtually every startup/experimental/spring/minor league football league has set up camp in San Antonio over the years.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field - Texas Longhorns
Photos by Eric Moreno, Stadium Journey
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 4.00
UFCU Disch-Falk Field 1300 East MLK Blvd Austin, TX 78702
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Year Opened: 1975 Capacity: 6.649
Texas Longhorns – UFCU Disch-Falk Field
The Texas Longhorns have a rich and storied history on the baseball diamond. Since taking the field in 1894 the Longhorns have appeared in the College World Series (CWS) a record 38 times, been runners-up six times, and have won the whole t...
AT&T Center – San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs – AT&T Center
The 2022-23 NBA season marks the 50th in the illustrious history of the San Antonio Spurs. Spurred on by Hall of Famers – and future members of the Hall – such as George “The Iceman” Gervin, David “The Admiral” Robinson, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, the Spurs were one of the most dominant franchises in the late 20th and in the early part of the 21st century. From 1998-2019 the Sp...
Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center – Incarnate Word Cardinals
As the largest Catholic university in Texas, with a student body of over 9,300, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has a long and storied history. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the school’s athletic teams are known as the Cardinals. They began the school’s basketball program in time for the 1980-81 season.
After much of their existence in the NCAA’s Division II, where they made the postseason tournament in 2002, 2009, and 2010, they moved up to Division I an...
Alamodome – All-American Bowl
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.71
All-American Bowl – Alamodome
For over 20 years the nation’s best high school football players have competed against one another in the annual All-American Bowl. The game between all-stars from the East and the West has featured some of the best players in the recent history of the game – these include Vince Young, Andrew Luck, Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Chase Young.
Since 2002 – with exception of a COVID year in 2021 – the game has be...
Area players shine in San Antonio All-Star Football Game
Team Black, which featured six Wilson County area players on its roster – representing East Central, La Vernia, and Poth high schools – was victorious over Team Gold by a score of 41-34 at the 45th annual playing of the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game. ERIC MORENO/ContributorHalf a dozen of the area’s best senior high school players were selected to take part in the annual San Antonio Sp...
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Convocation Center - UTSA Roadrunners
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as an institution was founded in 1969. Located in the far northwest reaches of the Alamo City, UTSA spent much of its first few years of existence sans any major athletic teams for their students and alumni to cheer on. However, in 1981 they fielded their first men’s basketball team, and the UTSA Roadrunners were, pardon the pun, off and running.
Starting out as an NCAA independent...
Rice Stadium - Rice Owls
Founded in 1912 as the William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art in Houston, the now Rice University is one of the premiere private universities in the southwest. The same year as their founding, the Rice Owls fielded their first-ever team on the gridiron.
They would move to the Southwest Conference in 1915 and begin the program’s longest run of sustained success in ...
Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium – Incarnate Word Cardinals
UIW Cardinals – Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium
Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is the largest catholic university in Texas. In 2009 the university fielded their first-ever football team. Starting out as an independent program, the UIW Cardinals moved steadily up the proverbial ladder before landing in the Southland Conference in 2014.
As members of the FCS the Cardinals have found success in recent years, winning their ...
Panther Stadium – Prairie View A&M Panthers
Prairie View A&M Panthers – Panther Stadium
The Panthers of Prairie View A&M University have a long and storied tradition on the gridiron that dates back to 1907. An HBCU, Prairie View A&M resides in the eponymous city of Prairie View in central East Texas. Over the years, the football program has had periods of tremendous success and long periods of disappointment – including an 80-game losing streak that ran from 1991-1998.
During the periods of success on ‘The Hill’, as the campus is calle...
East Central Hornets fall in heartbreaking loss to Rattlers
There is no other word that can be used to describe the season finale that the East Central Hornets played on Friday, Nov. 4, besides “heartbreaking.” A chilly, drizzly night at Hornet Stadium saw the home team fight until the very end in an attempt to secure a playoff spot in District 27-6A. However, with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter, the visiting San Marcos Rattlers dug into their offensive b...
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Hornets mount fiery offense, not enough to overcome Buffaloes
East Central junior quarterback Austin Vivier (2) gets ready to send the ball. The Hornets fell to Clemens, 35-48. TERRI REAL/Contributor
There was a lot at stake for the East Central Hornets on a cold and windy night this past Friday, Oct. 28, as they took on the Clemens Buffaloes at Lehnhoff Stadium in Schertz. Both schools needed the win to keep their playoff hopes alive in District 27-6A. T...
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