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Scorpions Throwing ‘Biggest Cinco de Mayo Party in San Antonio’ Saturday, May 5

Post 26 April 2012 By In Scorpions News
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SAN ANTONIO – May 5, Cinco de Mayo, is always a time to celebrate in San Antonio, but this year’s celebration will take on even greater significance as the San Antonio Scorpions create a festive atmosphere around the team’s North American Soccer League (NASL) game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

San Antonio’s new pro soccer team will take on the Rowdies at 7:30 p.m. at Heroes Stadium, located at Thousand Oaks Drive and Wurzbach Parkway near the Loop 410-IH 35 interchange in Northeast San Antonio.

“Along with our Spanish-language TV partner, KWEX Univision 41 San Antonio, we intend to stage the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in San Antonio,” said Michael Hitchcock, Scorpions president.  “Already San Antonio has shown it’s more than ready for professional soccer, so our Cinco de Mayo game will add even more excitement to a special holiday.” 

Hitchcock and KWEX Univision 41 San Antonio will host the President’s Tailgate Party for Scorpions fans at 4:30 p.m. at the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex parking lot within walking distance of Heroes Stadium.  It will be an extension of the traditional Bud Light Tailgate Party.

“It’s wonderful that the world’s most popular sport is now being played at a high level right here in our local community,” said Luis Patino, senior vice president of the Univision TV Group. “KWEX Univision 41 San Antonio, along with Univision Deportes, the home for U.S. Hispanic sports fans, are truly pleased to help present this special celebration and to support the Scorpions and Soccer for a Cause.”

KWEX Univision 41 San Antonio is featuring the Scorpions in a weekly segment on the popular “Accion Deportiva Extra” show that airs Sunday evenings.  The station is also broadcasting multiple announcements letting viewers know about each upcoming Scorpions game.  This summer, KWEX Univision 41 San Antonio will team up with the Scorpions for the big Copa Univision Tournament at STAR Soccer.

Hitchcock said he’s delighted with the reception the Scorpions have received thus far and with the team’s Soccer for a Cause mission.

“The Scorpions are competing for a community that’s eager to see pro soccer and for Morgan’s Wonderland, a unique theme park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind but built for everyone to enjoy,” he said. “The Scorpions FC is the first team in pro sports history organized solely for the benefit of a non-profit cause.  All Scorpions net profits will go to Morgan’s Wonderland to enable the park to continue offering free admission to anyone with a special need as well as to expand programs and services for the special-needs community.”

San Antonio philanthropist Gordon Hartman led the effort to create Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio so people of all ages with and without disabilities could come together in a safe, colorful, totally-wheelchair-accessible park for fun and understanding.  Now in its third year of operation, Morgan’s Wonderland features more than 25 rides, playscapes and attractions spread out over 25 acres in what once was a limestone quarry.

Because anyone with a physical or cognitive special need is admitted free to Morgan’s Wonderland, Hartman sought other revenue streams to help the park meet its financial obligations.  Morgan’s Wonderland opened in spring 2010 along with STAR Soccer, which also conveys net profits from the operation of 13 first-class playing fields to the theme park.

Sensing an opportunity to benefit Morgan’s Wonderland for the long run, Hartman in fall 2010 secured an NASL franchise – one rung below Major League Soccer – and immediately launched Soccer for a Cause, a campaign to build community support for the new team.  This included a name-the-team contest, a logo-design competition and an online vote of fans to select the Scorpions’ jersey. 

Hartman also is moving forward on construction of a privately funded, 6,100-seat playing facility (that can be expanded to 18,000 seats) on land near STAR Soccer and ready for the 2013 season.  In the interim, the Scorpions are playing 2012 NASL home games in North East Independent School District’s 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium across Thousand Oaks Drive from Morgan’s Wonderland.

More information about the San Antonio Scorpions FC is available at, or  Additional Morgan’s Wonderland information can be found at or by calling (210) 495-5888.

About the NASL 

The North American Soccer League℠ is the Division 2 men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The NASL member teams are:  Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, FC Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, NSC Minnesota Stars, Puerto Rico Islanders and the San Antonio Scorpions FC.  For more information about the NASL, visit or on Facebook at

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