Tuesday Night: Frisco greenlights Soccer Hall of Fame

The Frisco, Texas, city council approved on Tuesday night a measure to fund $39 million in improvements to Toyota Stadium, home of MLS's FC Dallas, that could house the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum at the south end of the stadium complex. The NSHOF has been without a home since 2010 when the 5,000-square-foot hall was closed in Oneonta, New York.

City of Frisco: Amended soccer lease agreement

The city council's measure to amend the lease agreement for Toyota Stadium, opened in 2005, includes the construction of new locker rooms so that access will be from two separate field-level tunnels, an improved media room, an expansion of the suite level, new restrooms, new video boards and audio enhancements.

Plans call for an 80,000-square-foot building to house the National Soccer Hall of Fame and host large events. FC Dallas and Frisco are looking into attracting a hotel adjacent to the stadium.

Soccer isn't the only reason Frisco is bullish on the complex. The new locker rooms will hold 100 football players each. Toyota Stadium has hosted the NCAA Division I football championship since 2010. The lease agreement will allow Frisco High School to play state playoff games at the stadium.

Frisco is a mecca for facilities in sports-mad Dallas. The minor-league baseball Frisco Roughriders play at Dr Pepper Ballpark and the NFL Dallas Stars practice and the D-League basketball Texas Legends at Dr Pepper Arena. The NFL Cowboys will move into The Ford Center at The Star, their new $252 million headquarters, in 2016.

The cost of the improvements to the Toyota Stadium complex is projected to be $39 million. Any amount in excess of $39 million will be the responsibility of FC Dallas. Revenue bonds issued by the Frisco Community Development Corporation will pay for the work. The Frisco Community Development Corporation, Frisco Community Development Corporation and Frisco Independent School District will also have to sign off on the agreement.

The Frisco site, which includes a youth soccer complex and serves as the national headquarters of U.S. Youth Soccer, has been the favorite to become the new Hall of Fame home. Hunt Sports Group, which owns FC Dallas, entered exclusive negotiations with the U.S. Soccer in 2014. A collection of more than 80,000 items has been stored by Eurosport at its warehouses in North Carolina.

Terms of the agreement call for the Hall of Fame to be housed in Frisco until 2037.

5 comments about "Tuesday Night: Frisco greenlights Soccer Hall of Fame".
  1. James e Chandler, September 16, 2015 at 8:50 a.m.

    Frisco has a good flat expanse of land where the the biggest changes in the terrain are the highway overpasses. I guess Frisco needs this Hall because other than the soccerplex there's really nothing else there. Well there are two Quik Trips less than 5 minutes away. Some of the other proposed sites had that and a few hills, and trees too.

  2. Santiago 1314, September 16, 2015 at 10:46 a.m.

    On a Clear Day, you can see all the way to Oklahoma...I noticed that they are Not expanding the size of the Stadium.!!!...Sad, they can't get anyone to show up for their games...I guess they are out Playing too much..

  3. Jeffrey Organ, September 16, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

    This is fantastic news and should be celebrated by the soccer community. The Hunt family should be commended for their work to bring back the HOF.

    I am amazed at how much negative reaction the Frisco location has elicited from fans. I don't live in the DFW area, but have been there enough to know Frisco is more than an acceptable choice. Besides, no other cities, other than in the Poconos, expressed a willingness to make the investments necessary to create this facility. I have been to the old HOF in NY. Though it was a nice facility it was a ghost town when I visited on a nice summer day. I was told by the staff that this was not unusual. The Poconos location would have suffered from the same issues. Dallas is growing like a weed north of the city. When Frisco is fully built out it will be one of the 10 largest cities in Texas by itself. There is actually a lot more around the stadium than the initial commenter above would have you believe and the entire area is filling in rapidly. US Youth Soccer is on site. In addition to the professional soccer events at the stadium, they have thousands of visitors to that location every year for various youth soccer tournaments, including the prestigious international Dallas Cup every spring. The concept of having the HOF open only when soccer events are happening at the complex is spot on. Hopefully it will reach a point where the facility can be open all of the time, but that makes little sense now. I am just happy that the fascinating soccer memorabilia at the old facility now will have a home instead of being stored in a warehouse somewhere. For those who are upset it will be in Texas and not in the Northeast somewhere...get over it.

  4. aaron dutch, September 16, 2015 at 6:05 p.m.

    Its great Hunt cared enough to do this. Dallas would be great. NYC would have been super but without leadership from anybody Dallas is the best. Its pathetic that USSF/MLS didnt step up. With FOX/ESPN/NBC/BEIN etc.. they could all have ponied up $500k each and made this part of the Federation or MLS headquarters etc.. But Garber focused on EPL Cup BS is better use of his time.

  5. aaron dutch, September 20, 2015 at 3:36 p.m.

    Here is the article on it, this should be really good as the leadership is pro football


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