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State Farm Arena
The Hive, The Dodge, The Temple
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Former names Dodge Arena (2003-2010)
Location Hidalgo, Texas
Opened October 2003
Owner City of Hidalgo
Construction cost $23,000,000
Capacity Hockey: 5,500
Concerts: 6,800
Tenants
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL) (2003- )
Rio Grande Valley Dorados (af2) (2004-2009)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) (2007- )

The State Farm Arena is a multi-purpose complex in Hidalgo, Texas. It was formally known as Dodge Arena until February 4th 2010.

The arena seats up to 5,500 persons in its configuration for ice hockey, indoor football and indoor soccer, and up to 6,800 persons in its center stage concert configuration, which has also been used for boxing events. The arena also features 25 suites, 500 club seats, 2,200 on-site surface parking spaces, an adjacent 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) lounge with access from outside the arena, as well as a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) bar and a 300-square-foot (28 m2) pro shop.

It is home to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League since 2003 and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League since 2007. The Rio Grande Valley Dorados of arena football's AF2 league were tennents from 2004 until 2009, when the team folded along with the league.

It was built in 2003 at a cost of $20 million, and is owned by the City of Hidalgo Municipal Facilities Corporation. The former DaimlerChrysler Corporation, at that time the owner of the Dodge brand, purchased the naming rights to the arena. On February 4th 2010, State Farm Insurance bought the naming rights for the arena. In a press release posted at the Dodge Arena Website, State Farm Insurance quotes saying...

“State Farm is thrilled to introduce the State Farm Arena to the Rio Grande Valley,” said Mike Hargis, State Farm Agency Vice President, Texas Zone. “This is the first arena in the country that bears the State Farm name. This investment reaffirms our commitment to the Rio Grande Valley – where our agents and employees live, work and give back through our philanthropic endeavors”.

Since its opening in 2003, State Farm Arena has seen many first class performers such as the Jonas Brothers, Shakira, Cher, Maná, George Strait and many more.

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Coordinates: 26°7′26″N 98°14′48″W / 26.12389°N 98.24667°W / 26.12389; -98.24667

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