KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — In just one year, the city of Kyle has welcomed two semi-pro teams to call the city home. Most recently, it was the semi-pro basketball team, the Kyle Stallions.
The Stallions’ season begins on Saturday and no one’s more excited about the start of the semi-pro basketball season than the Kyle Stallions General Manager Geoff Harner.
“Seeing guys improve, seeing guys hungry just makes me excited, I want to help those guys,” said Harner. “I figured that this would be the best opportunity, and with the strong logo that we have, great things can happen.”
Harner says he searched hard to find the perfect location to bring his team, but when he came across the city of Kyle it was an easy decision. “I noticed that Kyle is number two in the state for growth and number two in housing. People are buying houses in Kyle, and what does that mean, that means families,” said Harner.
Harner says it’s a big positive for families to have his team play in their city simply because it will provide entertainment. “If you have a couple of kids and you are sitting in the house not doing anything, we have pretty cheap tickets. Instead of going to the San Antonio Spurs game and paying $200, you can pay $15 or 10 bucks at the game,” said Harner. “We really do it right, we have a DJ, we have dancers, we’ll have concessions.”
The Kyle Stallions are the second semi-pro team to call Kyle home this year. The first was a soccer team called the Lobos. “As we have grown as a community, our community members have clamored for more recreational opportunities as well as more destination attractions to the community,” said Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers.
And with good entertainment for families, the city of Kyle says it’s also good for the local economy. Although it’s too early to put a number on the impact, Sellers says it will be beneficial and he looks forward to adding more teams in the future.
“We know that there are multiple sports that are not represented in Kyle currently, so we are putting together plans right now to entice those sporting entities to come to Kyle so that we can grow and become partners with them for the long term.”
The first game for the Stallions will be played in Kyle at Lehman High School at 7 p.m. against the San Antonio Blaze.