POSTED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 8:35am
MCALLEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — McAllen officials are trying to bring a bowl game back to the Valley.
The Palm Bowl left town back in 1985. The McAllen city commission approved spending $3 million to improve McAllen Memorial Stadium. Officials hope the planned improvements will help in the application process for the bowl game.
It may take 2-3 years for the bid to be accepted.
"We get a lot of people coming down from North Dakota, wherever those championship teams are from. Normally they're from up north, but hopefully a Texas team will get it eventually," said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. "So, it's good for tourism, good for publicity, it's a good event for the community. We all love football down here, hopefully it's another venue, a different venue for our citizens."
The stadium improvements call for a better press box, compliance with disability access and a better field and scoreboard.