FC Dallas, along with U.S. Soccer, the Frisco Independent School District and the City of Frisco, have unveiled plans for a USD$39m Toyota Stadium project featuring more than 100,000sqft of renovated space, new locker rooms, premium seats, a private club and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum.
Renovations on the south end of Toyota Stadium facing Main Street will begin in early 2016, with a proposed completion date in late 2017. While that means no seating in the south end for two full MLS season, the stadium is set to have a soft opening on December 15, 2017 and should be up and running for the 2018 MLS season, according to FC Dallas President Dan Hunt.
The project features multiple upgrades to the 10-year-old stadium but has received national attention for the inclusion of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum. No other major national sports hall of fame museum is built into a stadium.
On the top level of the three-level renovation, the 24,000sqft museum and event centre will be ‘home’ to U.S. Soccer hardware, including the Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup trophies, as well as Olympic medals and memorabilia from the historic US win over England in the 1950 World Cup, among other memorabilia and trophies. Toyota Stadium will also become the permanent site for the annual National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Padded seating in the south end will be covered by a roof and include pre-game dining inside a private club featuring views into the player hallway and out to the field.
The concourse level will feature a 7,000sqft outdoor party deck with an outdoor bar, concession stands and a new team store. Upgraded HD video boards and a new sound system will improve fan experiences, while a new skyway connecting the West side suites to the premium amenities on the South end will make navigating the stadium simple.
The project includes new locker rooms with tunnels on each corner of the south end, with the locker rooms available to be configured into four separate soccer dressing rooms or combined into two larger rooms for American football events.
Frisco Mayor, Maher Maso, said
Our partnerships with Frisco ISD, FC Dallas, Toyota Stadium and now U.S. Soccer, are important to the City of Frisco for many reasons. Our community takes great pride in being home to these quality developments, which promote tourism, business development, fitness and even our city’s brand. Toyota Stadium and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum help us meet all these goals. The planned stadium improvements benefit our residents, students and visitors, whether they’re engaged in a school event, tournament, concert, attending a college football or professional soccer game.