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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – April 26, 2022 marked the first time in 51 years that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) baseball team hosted the University of Texas.
The last time these two teams met in Edinburgh, legacy institution Pan American took three out of four and then later that year, Pan Am went on to sweep Texas in what was then known as the NCAA District Round en route to the 1971 College World Series .
Fifty-one years is a long time to wait, and the faithful fans of the Rio Grande Valley did not want to miss their chance to see this matchup. In fact, tickets to the game sold out in less than five days.
That Tuesday had a little bit of everything. There was a chance for more rain, it had rained the night before. There were tons of media coverage, including a live news broadcast in the Coach Al and Joann Ogletree Plaza.
There were food trucks and barbecue pits. There were lines longer than the Rio Grande River and there was even a helicopter. You can see that here.
How can we forget about the crowd? There were 6,418 in attendance that night, but it felt like there were 100 times more.
A single-game program attendance record was set that night as the 6,418 surpassed the previous single-game attendance record, which was believed to be 4,900 for a game against Arizona at Jody Ramsey Stadium in 1976.
The 6,418 in attendance also marked the largest known crowd to see a UTRGV baseball game against Texas since prior to 1999, with the previous high-water mark being 5,989 for the matchup in Austin this past April 5.
The crowd was amazing from the very moment the gates opened until the last fan left UTRGV Baseball Stadium. One could really feel the energy when the first Longhorn batter was introduced at the plate.
Vaqueros and the Longhorns put on a good show on the field too and even though the Vaqueros lost the game, UTRGV and the RGV community won that night.
April 26, 2022 has set a new bar for Game Days that will be hard to surpass.
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