August 30, 2012
MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced their 2012-13 schedule. This season’s schedule features a total of 50 games, with 24 home games at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The full 2012-13 season schedule can be found at www.rgvipers.com.
The season opens with the Vipers hosting consecutive games against the Bakersfield Jam on Nov. 23 and 24. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. both evenings. The Vipers then hit the road for a two-game road trip against the Tulsa 66ers on Nov. 30 and against the Texas Legends on Dec. 1. On Thursday, Dec. 6 the Vipers will host the 66ers for a 7 p.m. contest before a four-game road trip that will take the team back to Tulsa and Texas. The Vipers will be home for the holidays, hosting Reno on Dec. 20 and Canton on Dec. 21. Closing out 2012, the Vipers will visit Bakersfield for back-to-back games on Dec. 29 and 30. To start off the New Year, the Vipers will be on the road to play the first of five games this season against the 2012 NBA D-League Champion Austin Toros.
“We are excited to announce the schedule for our sixth season in the Rio Grande Valley. We have the most loyal fans and corporate partners in the league, and are once again excited to bring the valley NBA entertainment,” Vipers president Bert Garcia said.
Throughout the 2012-13 season, the RGV Vipers will host themed games honoring the Valley community. The first of the Vipers’ community nights will take place Saturday, Nov. 24 when the Vipers host Bakersfield at 7 p.m. for Faith and Family Night. On Dec. 20, the team will host its annual Kids Day Game against the Reno Bighorns at 11 a.m.
The Sioux Falls Skyforce will visit the RGV for a two-game weekend matchup March 29-30. On Friday, March 29, the Vipers will honor the local community for Noche Latina, Hispanic Heritage Night, with a 7 p.m. tipoff. Saturday, March 30 at 7p.m., the Vipers will host Hoops for a Cure, along with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
To close the 2012-13 regular season, the Vipers will host the Austin Toros on April 5 and 6, with the Annual All-Valley showcase taking place prior to the April 6 7 p.m. contest.
“Throughout the season, it is important for the Vipers to honor our local community. It is because of our fans that we are able to celebrate our sixth season in the RGV. Stay tuned throughout the coming months for more announcements about community initiatives this season, and please contact us to celebrate your organization at an upcoming Vipers game. ” Garcia said.
Season tickets are now on sale through the Vipers’ front office. Individual game tickets will be available to purchase on Sept. 7.
For tickets or more information about the upcoming season, contact the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit www.rgvipers.com.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.