City Population: 106,414
MSA Population: 569,463
(per 2000 census)
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McAllen, Texas is located in Hidalgo County. McAllen is in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley in the Southern tip of Texas. We are home to the "Winter Texan" and, as the "Gateway to Mexico," the nation's supplier of agriculture and manufactured goods flowing from the South. We are located about 220 miles South of San Antonio and a little over 200 miles Northeast of Monterrey, Mexico. It's less than 15 minutes from downtown McAllen to Reynosa, Mexico. McAllen is served by an international airport linking us to the nation's major hubs.
McAllen is a color splashed subtropical garden, centered in the rich history and tradition of the Rio Grande Valley. A place to relax in a superb climate warmed by the sun and cooled by the refreshing Gulf breeze. McAllen has a rich and lively history, with small towns on both sides of the Rio Grande. Most history buffs start at the Hidalgo County Historical Museum that is housed in the old county jail in nearby Edinburg. In the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen is within easy reach for many attractions.
Enjoy the sparkling beaches of South Padre Island, Harlingen's Iowa Jim Memorial, the inspiring shrine to the Virgin of San Juan and one of the nation's top zoos, the Glady's Porter Zoo in Brownsville.
Much of the McAllen area's attraction lies in its geography, its great outdoors, its climate, its history, and its rich Hispanic flavor. Situated as far to the south as Miami, the laid-back subtropical setting easily lends itself to a slower, more relaxed, somehow more pleasant life-style. The musical sounds of the Spanish language you'll hear on the streets and in the shops simply confirms that you're "not in Kansas anymore", but in a unique, very special place. CNN Money lists McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr as one of the hottest markets for 2006-2007, with a forecasted growth percentage of 11.4%.
Fields of vegetables, sugar cane and onions that grow here year round freely invade the city limits. Summer's cotton and winter's grapefruit and oranges can be found across the street from handsome residential neighborhoods just as easily as farther out in the country. No matter what your interests (short of skiing and mountain climbing), there is something for you here in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Any time of year there are exciting things happening in and around McAllen: a number of challenging golf courses, tennis courts, swimming, bowling and miniature golf, recreation centers, and activity centers geared for kids during the day; plus lots of opportunities to let your hair down at night, from a quiet romantic bistro, through country western, to full blast rock-and-roll, and the very popular Tejano music of South Texas.
The McAllen International Museum is one of the city's artistic centers. It is a showplace for traveling art exhibitions, showings of its own considerable collections, and newly-developed Hands-On exhibitions of science and natural history. Periodic lectures, seminars, and special events are part of the Museum's extensive program of art and science education.
The Valley Symphony Orchestra plays a regular concert series in McAllen and at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Texas Pan American in nearby Edinburg. Outdoor concerts are scheduled periodically in McAllen's downtown Archer Park.
Broadway shows and big-name performers grace the Civic Center stage during the winter season productions of the McAllen Performing Arts. An active community concerts organization also brings in well-known productions, featuring soloists, ensembles, dancers and plays, and a number of the best-of-the-country shows from Branson, Missouri which find a winter haven in McAllen.
The University Theater at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg produces a series of plays and musicals during the school year and the McAllen high schools present excellent theater productions on their stages. Regular performances by Rio Grande Valley Ballet are enjoyed throughout the year.
In a land that sees Texas kids playing soccer year around, McAllen and its MSA are very fortunate to be the home of many professional sports franchises for your entertainment.
Three miles south of McAllen is home to the $20-million multi-purpose Dodge Arena complex featuring a 6,800-seat arena that will configure up to 5,500-seats for ice hockey, football and soccer and a center stage concert capacity of 6,800-seats. The arena features 25 suites and 500 club seats. The property also includes 2,200 surface parking spaces on site, as well as a 2,000-square-foot lounge with access from outside of the arena, as well as 1,000-square foot bar and 300-square-foot pro shop.
Dodge Arena is home to the Killer Bees professional ice hockey team, the Dorados professional af2 (arenafootball2) team, and the Vipers NBA Development League professional basketball team.
McAllen is proud to be home to the Killer Bees as one of the twenty-six teams in the NHL's Central Hockey League's (CHL) professional ice hockey minor league. The CHL provides a haven for developing young talent for the NHL. The Central Hockey League (CHL) was revived in 1992. In the inaugural 1992-93 season the league had six teams. After several experiments in expansion and a long battle for players and markets with the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL), the CHL merged with the WPHL in 2001. The 2007 season had nineteen teams with seven more teams in 2008. The Killer Bees are one of four teams in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference. A new Killer Bees training facility in McAllen now gives local residents the opportunity to ice skate throughout the heat of summer.
Af2 is the name of the Arena Football League's minor league, which started play in 2000. The rules are the same as for the parent league. AF2 plays its season from April to July. McAllen is proud to be the home of one of the 30 professional football teams the AF2 is fielding for 2007.
The Vipers are now affiliated with the Houston Rockets of the NBA who will be sending drafted talent to the Texas Rio Grande Valley to prepare them for the next level. The NBA Development League , or D-League , is the National Basketball Association's officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. Known until summer 2005 as the National Basketball Development League ( NBDL ), the D-League started with eight teams in the fall of 2001. In March 2005, NBA commissioner David Stern announced a plan to expand the D-League to fifteen teams and develop it into a true minor league farm system, with two NBA teams sharing each D-League team. For 2006-07, the league will have 12 teams, with each D-League team being affiliated with between 1 and 3 NBA teams.
McAllen 's brand new Civic Center is home to the Silverados professional basketball team. The Silverados are a member of the American Basketball Association otherwise known as the ABA. The ABA organization was established in 1970 and flourished for many years before being absorbed by the National basketball Association AKA the NBA. The ABA was known for its many innovations and colorful characters such as legends Julius Erving (Dr. J), Connie Hawkins, George (the Ice Man) Gervin, and Artis (A-Train) Gilmore. The Ice Man has now joined the Silverados front office and the team has formalized player development agreements with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The ABA was famous for bring excitement and fun to the game of Basketball by creating the 3- point shot and revolutionizing the pro game by emphasizing the Dunk. The ABA is the fastest growing professional basketball organization in the world. People from across the United States and the world are supporting its tremendous growth. There are over 50 cities with ABA franchises actively playing in the league and McAllen is honored to be able to bring one of its own to the Rio Grande Valley.
The Edinburg Coyotes are a professional league baseball team. They are members of the six team United League Baseball , based which is based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This league is an independent baseball league which operates in Texas and Louisiana. It operates in cities not served by Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either. The league uses the designated hitter format and was founded in 2005. The league began its first season on May 16, 2006 with six teams: the Alexandria Aces, Amarillo Dillas, Edinburg Coyotes, Laredo Broncos, Rio Grande Valley White Wings and San Angelo Colts. The San Angelo franchise previously played in the now-defunct Central Baseball League. The United League is run by most of the ownership group that started the Texas-Louisiana League, the predecessor to the Central League. United League Baseball exists so that professional baseball players who are not signed by a Major or Minor League organization could have another chance at playing at a higher level. Many Major League alumni have played for United League Baseball teams in an effort to get back to the Majors.
When it comes right down to it, many people who visit McAllen spend most of their leisure time shopping. That's not just true for the many visitors from all of Mexico who regard McAllen as the southernmost American city, and reserve their most serious shopping for their frequent visits to this retail dynamo. It's true for everyone. Because of a number of shoppers from Mexico, McAllen's retail variety and the quality and quantity of retail outlets, and the merchandise they offer, would do credit to a city several times McAllen's size. From the city's principal shopping center, La Plaza Mall, uniquely situated within walking distance of the airport terminal, to the bustling downtown area with many smaller shops that have been in the same location for years, to a whole new generation of retail construction to the east, and along 10th Street to the north, totaling to 40 retail shopping centers with a constant flow of incomers. McAllen's wealth of shopping is here for you to discover. McAllen is the retail center of South Texas and Northern Mexico, drawing from a consumer base of over ten million people.
La Plaza Mall, a 1.2 million square-foot shopping center, is one of the most prosperous and highest-trafficked centers in the United States. Many national retailers located here are among the most profitable in their chains. La Plaza Mall, a single-level super regional mall, is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. La Plaza Mall is anchored by Dillard's, Foley's, Home and Children's Store, Japanned, Joe Brand and Sears and has over 140 specialty stores.
The nights can be wonderful in South Texas and you know what it is that's "big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!" Just a few miles away from the lights of the Valley cities, the clear night sky is a black and silver tapestry of stars. Even better, find a place where you have a good view of a typical dazzling South Texas sunset, then watch the stars come out one by one. Trace out your favorite constellations, and discover some new ones you won't find in the northern skies. Bring along those bionics you toted down to help you gaze at birds at one of the world's greatest birding centers; they work very well for studying the heavens in the Valley's wide open skies too.
McAllen 's food is not the only thing liberally seasoned by the border heritage. Much of the local entertainment finds its origins in the color, the rhythms and the zest for life of neighboring Mexico and indeed of all of Spanish America. Many of the schools and the parks and recreation departments have regularly scheduled performances of music and dance from Mexico. During the year, a number of fine Mexican performing companies find their way to the stage of McAllen's Civic Center Auditorium to delight, excite and please their eager audiences.
So, Come and Visit McAllen, Texas!