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