PRESS Staff Report
The renowned and well-attended SPI BikeFest has found a new home and will bear a new name. Starting this fall, Bikefest, one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the state, will be held in Corpus Christi and will now be known as Budweiser Corpus Christi BikeFest.
BikeFest, held during the month of October, typically drew over 10,000 bikers and motorcycle lovers to South Padre Island and was widely considered one of the most recognizable events in the Rio Grande Valley.
BikeFest organizers said Corpus Christi leaders simply offered them a better deal and that the Corpus area will to draw more bikers and attendees, in essence allowing the event to grow.
“We had 19 wonderful years at South Padre Island and the move will not be an easy one,” said G.J. Reyna, BikeFest Coordinator. “The Island, the people, the businesses and especially our loyal biker brothers and sisters, made SPI BikeFest the third largest biker rally in Texas. It was not an easy decision for us.”
There were many things to consider, he added in a press release; BikeFest is a huge operation and the larger we got the more things we had to consider. Things got to the point where we were forced to seek another venue. BikeFest staff considered many locations throughout the Valley, including the Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds, the McAllen Convention Center, the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo and more.
The City of Corpus Christi approached BikeFest and they “Rolled out the Red Carpet,” Reyna added. “Corpus Christi city officials, businesses, restaurants, bars, they all are getting ready for us.”
He added that the venue offered more room to facilitate more bands, more venues, and more restaurants and bars and the opportunity to make, “Our rally bigger and better than ever. We are keeping the island feel, but we’re thinking “outside the box.”
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