Growing up in Dallas in the 1960s, Kyle Rote Jr.
remembers Frisco in the 1960s being cotton fields. Guy Newman,
son of the late Ron Newman
, the Dallas Tornado coach, remembers it
as having apple orchards.
Even in 1970, the population of Frisco was under 2,000. Now, the population is approaching 200,000, and the area has become a sports mega. Lamar
built Toyota Stadium, which opened in in 2005. The latest addition is the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the inspiration of Lamar's sons Clark
, the CEO and president of
FC Dallas, respectively. It will host U.S. Soccer's annual induction ceremonies at the new facility for the first time on Saturday.
"It was just farmland, dead farmland," said Rote, the
son of legendary football star Kyle Rote
and the NASL's first American star with the Tornado in the early 1970s, during a tour organized for those participating in an NASL reunion. 'There was
massive amounts of acreage that were used to grow cotton. It just didn't exist at all. It surprises me what the Hunt family has done here. We have one element of every sports team here in Frisco.
People around the country are asking, Frisco? California? Frisco has every element of our sports agenda there. I used to go up there and spit in the dirt."
Frisco has pro teams in
baseball (Double-A Frisco RoughRiders), basketball (G-League Texas Legends) and indoor football (Texas Revolution). The NHL Stars practice at Dr Pepper StarCenter Frisco, and Major League
Lacrosse moved the Rochester Rattlers to Frisco in 2018.
The Dallas Cowboys play at Jerry's World -- AT&T Stadium -- in Arlington, but their corporate headquarters are in Frisco -- a
91-acre premier sports complex with 12,000-seat indoor field. Cost: $1.5 billion.
As Frisco grew, youth sports -- soccer, in particular -- became a big part of the culture. Bobby
, another Tornado player from the early days, developed a very successful camp business in the Dallas area. When he came to Frisco the first time, he had 18 campers. Within three years, he
"It's grown exponentially here," Moffat said "It's great to see kids around Frisco kicking a soccer ball,. We have the people we coached coaching them now."
has been without a Hall of Fame since 2010 when the facility first opened in 1979 in Oneonta, New York, was closed for financial reasons. The Hall of Fame collection was stored in North Carolina,
while the new Hall of Fame, located next to Toyota Stadium, will open to the public on Nov. 2 with an emphasis on modern technology, including virtual reality, gesture technology and interactive
digital video boards.
The Hall of Fame was built as part of a $55 million renovation to Toyota Stadium, a public-private partnership among the Hunt Sports Group, U.S. Soccer, the City of
Frisco and Frisco Independent School District.
Saturday's inductees will include MLS commissioner Don Garber
, former U.S. national team players Tiffeny Milbrett
and Cindy Parlow Cone
, as well as former U.S. Soccer president Bob Contiguglia
. Broadcaster JP Dellacamera
is the 2018 recipient of the Colin Jose media award.