Report: Frisco favorite for Hall of Fame site

The late Lamar Hunt settled on Frisco, Texas, as the home for his MLS team, FC Dallas, which has played at the 20,500-seat Toyota Stadium for the last decade, and it is the front-runner to host the National Soccer Hall of Fame, reported the Washington Post.

The Hall of Fame has been without a home since financial difficulties forced it out of Oneonta, N.Y., in 2010. The National Soccer Museum was established in Oneonta in 1979 and its home outside the upstate New York town was opened in 1999.

U.S. Soccer relocated the Hall of Fame's collections and archives to a warehouse in North Carolina.

The Poconos, a Pennsylvania tourist destination, has expressed interest in re-opening the Hall of Fame, but multiple sources told the Washington Post's Soccer Insider that Frisco, which has a exclusive negotiating agreement with U.S. Soccer, was the favorite to host the Hall of Fame.

In addition to Toyota Stadium, the complex Hunt built is home to 17 soccer fields and U.S. Youth Soccer's national headquarters.
10 comments about "Report: Frisco favorite for Hall of Fame site".
  1. Gus Keri, September 2, 2015 at 5:40 a.m.

    The soccer hall of fame should be in an area that attracts a lot of tourists like New York area or Los Angeles. Forget about youth soccer headquarters.

  2. John DiFiore replied, September 2, 2015 at 10:19 p.m.


  3. Walt Pericciuoli, September 2, 2015 at 8:59 a.m.

    Soccer Hall of Fame belongs in or near the origins and roots of Soccer in the USA. That's not Texas. Should be in the Northeast or St Louis.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, September 4, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

    Thems Fightin Words Pardner.!!! But you probably correct... Heck, FC Dallas can't even get people to their games.

  5. Ric Fonseca, September 2, 2015 at 3:46 p.m.

    Yes Gentlemen, I couldn't agree with you more! As the former "World Cup USA 1994 Historian/Archivisit" and the one responsible for ensuring that virtually all of WCUSA records (except legal and financial) and memorabilia was recorded and sent on a 60 foot-long trailer to Oneonta's then fledgling Soccer Hall of Fame, only to learn some time after that it was to close, it was very disconcerting to learn that the "fruits of my/our labor" were now in storage. I then also recommended that our National Soccer HoF and Museum be located in the mid-west, such as St. Louis, or even Chigaco, close to US Soccer Headquarters, a fact that was seconded by then Hank Steinbrecher, Will Lunn, and Jack Huckel, and others. Now to read that it may end up in Texas just because Mr. Hunt has a lot of bucks, is a pure and simple sell-out to all of us, especially those of us members of SASH (Society of American Soccer Historians)
    and besides, now I will make this political, what if the so-called "Lone Star" of Texas does vote to secede from the Union? Of course, this is said tongue-in-cheek, still the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum must be in a Centrally located city, and while as an (Los) Angeleno since 1970, I wouldn't mind see it here, I am wont to support a movement for Chicago or St. Louis, with NY City a distant third, but for sure NOT in upstate NY.

  6. Ric Fonseca, September 2, 2015 at 3:51 p.m.

    One last thought, why not SAN FRANCISCO??? Boy the folks of the City By The Bay rankle, seeth and foam at the mouth if you called their fair city "Frisco! Maybe Mr. Anschutz (sp) would be so kind as to maybe even partner up with the new soon-to-be Futbol Club of Los Angeles, what with their new soccer stadium to be built where the current Los Angeles Sports Arena is located, right next to the LA Coliseum, and next to the home of the Endeavor, and hopefully the site of the 2024 Olympics!!!

  7. John DiFiore, September 2, 2015 at 10:23 p.m.

    LAS VEGAS...(or NYC) Again, a place where people visit...

  8. Clayton Berling, September 5, 2015 at 6:44 p.m.

    lly. Great locations for tourists also come with great costs of rents or purchase, and these also dictate what is possible, but often overlooked by fans. Beyond visitors, it also requires media marketing and traveling costs to bring the history to the general public. As bad as I want it, it has to make economic sense as well as historic sense. It "ain't" easy.

  9. Clayton Berling, September 5, 2015 at 6:51 p.m.

    (The first half disappeared)
    As one who was intimately involved in the development of the first HOF, as well as being a member, don't forget that there were no other applicants for the Oneonta site at the time, and the state of New York provided the space and construction. The realistic funding by the USSF didn't appear really

  10. Ric Fonseca, September 8, 2015 at 5:42 p.m.

    Hola Clay, how the heck are you? Yes, I vividly remember also going to Oneonta (Hartwick Univ) when you hosted a symposium - was it on soccer history? (-my memory fails me here re the topic!) We then took a quick tour of the Baseball HoF in Cooperstown, and I remember it 'cause the designs and related business concerning the construction of the NSHoF and were given a personal tour "behind the scenes" going to the archival stacks, saw some memorabilia being readied for a trip to Japan (they were to open their own Baseball HoF) my son actually allowed to handle one Babe Ruth's bats, etc.) An yes, I do agree that it "It ain't easy" but seriously now, I do recall that the new owners of the Los Angeles Football Club have mentioned on several occasions about a "soccer museum" also being built in the area, much in the same light when Jack Huckel and I discussed the possibility of a "West Coast branch of the NSHoF" somewhere in the vicinity of the LAG home stadium. So one can readily see that at least two very wealthy men, and the new very well-off new owners of the LAFC (to include Magin Johnson, Mia Hamm, Nomar Carciaparra, Mr. Tran, et. al. could very well do a helluva a LOT OF GOOD should they put their differences aside (if any???) and plan to construct a much needed National Soccer Hall of Fame - and yes I am a "bit" biased to see it in Southern California. So does anyone out there among the readers of SA know what members of the Society of American Soccer Historians have to say on this? Roger Allaway, are you out there? Jack H, Will Lunn, Colin Jose, etc???

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