Fort Worth’s professional soccer team, the Vaqueros, has found a new home. When the Fort Worth Cats lost their lease at LaGrave Field, the city’s fledgling football club (who were subletting from the Cats) found themselves field-less as well. Fortunately, Texas Wesleyan has stepped up and offered them space at Martin Field just in time for the 2015 season.
The partnership is anticipated to be fruitful for both sides. Vaqueros owner, Michael Hitchcock, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Texas Wesleyan…They share our vision of serving the Fort Worth community. We see this as the first step in a potentially larger arrangement that will benefit the community, our supporters and the Texas Wesleyan students. We will be able to create an intimate soccer atmosphere similar to community stadiums in Europe and South America.”
Texas Wesleyan President Frederick G. Slabach views the partnership as a boon for Wesleyan students and athletes as well. “The Vaqueros are a strong Fort Worth brand that offers community and family-friendly entertainment,” he says. “Just as important, this partnership will provide opportunities for our athletic training students, who will have a chance to work with upper-level athletes, and for our soccer team, who will have opportunities to scrimmage with the Vaqueros.”
The Vaqueros will play their first home game of the season against the Houston Regals on May 16.