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Texas Tech University has a long and storied tradition as an athletics program. The football team is undoubtedly what the university has been known for the longest, probably followed by its basketball program. However, the Red Raiders baseball team has achieved its own amount of success – the team has won the Southwest Conference (in 1995) and the Big 12 (in 1998), and made the College World Series in 2014 and 2016.
The University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) is located on the far northwest side of the city. The campus takes on the characteristics of the former ranchland it once inhabited, with limestone buildings and clusters of live oak trees; this ruggedness has been embodied by the school's still fledgling athletic program.
The city of Frisco in North Texas is one of the fastest-growing in the country. On the outskirts of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the city has been home to the MLS franchise FC Dallas since 2005. Since moving to the area, they have called Toyota Stadium home. Considered one of the "crown jewels" of MLS, caring for the natural grass, outdoor stadium under the often harsh North Texas weather is often a Herculean effort.
The West Texas town of Odessa is known for a few things, namely high school football (it has been immortalized in the book and film Friday Night Lights) and the oil industry, as the town resides atop the crude-rich Permian Basin. However, the city of 118,000 has also earned a reputation for being home to the NAHL's Odessa Jackalopes franchise for the past 20 years.
There's something special about a racetrack. The electricity of the crowd; the majestic beauty of of a fine racehorse; the air of hope that permeates the atmosphere with each race as everyone with a ticket is sure they've got themselves a winner.
Everything old is new again for the San Antonio Rampage and their home arena, the venerable AT&T Center. San Antonio has a long history and love affair with minor league hockey.
On Wednesday, June 22, the NHL's Board of Governors unanimously approved expanding the league into Las Vegas, making the new franchise the league's 31st team and the first pro league to set up shop in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, May 24, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved a "master agreement" that put into motion the development of a new retractable-roof ballpark for the two-time American League champion Texas Rangers.
n March 10th, San Antonio's City Council unanimously approved additional funding for upgrades to the venerable Alamodome in preparation for its hosting of the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four. In January, the city approved $41 million for the Alamodome; the additional funding brings the total up to nearly $50 million.
Change comes fast and it comes seismically in the world of sports. At the beginning of December 2015, Toyota Field played home to the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League (NASL). By the end of the month the team was dissolved and the new owners of the stadium were Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SSE).
There are few spots in the Texas League better to visit than the coastal city of Corpus Christi, home of the Houston Astros’ Double-A affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks.