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UTEP Basketball Finalizes Costa Rica Trip Itinerary

Travel arrangements are in place for the UTEP men’s basketball team’s trip to Costa Rica Aug. 15-20.

The Miners have games scheduled versus McGill University on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 (both at 7 p.m.), and the University of British Columbia on Aug. 18 (11:30 a.m.).  All three games will be played at the Ciudad Deportiva, Av. Francia Hatillo #2 in San Jose and all games will be governed by FIBA rules.

Cultural aspects of the trip will include a city tour, visits to the Holy Spirit Orphanage and Crocodile Bridge, and a Zip Line experience.

The Miners will play three games on their first foreign tour in 12 years.

The Miners will leave El Paso on Tuesday morning, Aug. 15, and fly to Dallas.  They will connect on American Airlines Flight #986 to San Jose (Costa Rica), departing DFW Airport at 2:50 p.m.  Arrival at San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica is set for 6:02 p.m. local time.

The team hotel for the first three nights (Aug. 15-17) is the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose.  The team hotel for the last two nights (Aug. 18-19) is the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.  The Miners will return to El Paso on Sunday, Aug. 20.  The return flight to Dallas from San Juan (Costa Rica) is American #2436, departing at 6:55 a.m.

The Miners will scrimmage at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, Aug. 12 prior to embarking on their trip.  Details will be announced in July.

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