Toyota Stadium (Texas)

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Toyota Stadium
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Toyota Stadium
Location in Texas
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Toyota Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesFrisco Soccer & Entertainment Complex (2004–2005)
Pizza Hut Park (2005–2012)
FC Dallas Stadium (2012–2013)
Address9200 World Cup Way, Ste 202
Location Frisco, Texas
Coordinates 33°9′16″N96°50′7″W / 33.15444°N 96.83528°W / 33.15444; -96.83528 Coordinates: 33°9′16″N96°50′7″W / 33.15444°N 96.83528°W / 33.15444; -96.83528
Owner Frisco, Texas
OperatorFrisco Soccer, LP
Capacity 20,500 [1]
Field size117 by 74 yards (107 m × 68 m)
Surface Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass
Construction
Broke ground2004
Opened2005
Renovated2018
Construction cost$80 million
($103 million in 2018 dollars [2] ); 2018 renovation: $55 million
Architect HKS, Inc.
General contractorLee Lewis Construction, Inc. [3]
Tenants
FC Dallas (MLS) (2005–present)
Frisco ISD football (2005–present)
Frisco Bowl (NCAA) (2017–present)
National Soccer Hall of Fame (2018–present)
North Texas SC (USL1) (2019–present)

Toyota Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium with a 20,500-seat capacity, built and owned by the city of Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Its primary tenants are Major League Soccer club FC Dallas and Frisco Independent School District high school football games. It is also the home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame which opened in 2018. [4]

Soccer-specific stadium Type of sports stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

Frisco, Texas City in Texas, United States

Frisco is an affluent city in Collin and Denton counties in Texas. It is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, and is approximately 25 miles (40 km) from both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Texas U.S. state in the United States

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

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History

Toyota Stadium was the third MLS soccer-specific stadium to be built after MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (1999) and Dignity Health Sports Park near Los Angeles (2003). It cost approximately $80 million and opened on August 6, 2005, with a match between FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls, which ended in a 2–2 draw. The stadium seats 20,500 in a U-shaped design with the north end including a permanent covered stage for hosting concerts, similar to SeatGeek Stadium near Chicago, which opened 1 year after Toyota Stadium. While at the time it was hoped the permanent stage would help the stadium increase revenue by hosting mid-sized concerts, the design proved unpopular and other MLS clubs rejected building permanent stages in their new stadiums, leaving Toyota Stadium’s design looking dated. There is widespread support among club fans for the stage to be removed and replaced with a full stand in a future phase of renovation. The stadium includes 18 luxury suites as well as a private 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) stadium club.

Major League Soccer Professional soccer league in the United States and Canada

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 24 teams—21 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries. The regular season runs from March to October, with each team playing 34 games; the team with the best record is awarded the Supporters' Shield. Fourteen teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs through October and November, culminating in the championship game, the MLS Cup. MLS teams also play in domestic competitions against teams from other divisions in the U.S. Open Cup and in the Canadian Championship. MLS teams also compete against continental rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League. The league plans to expand to 28 teams with the additions of Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC in 2020, Austin FC in 2021, and a St. Louis franchise in 2022, with further plans to expand to 30 teams at a later date.

Columbus, Ohio Capital of Ohio

Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. State of Ohio. With a population of 892,533 as of 2018 estimates, it is the 14th-most populous city in the United States and one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation. This makes Columbus the third-most populous state capital in the US and the second-most populous city in the Midwest. It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. With a population of 2,078,725, it is Ohio's second-largest metropolitan area.

Dignity Health Sports Park multiple-use sports complex

Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly the Home Depot Center and StubHub Center, is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California that consists of a soccer stadium, a separate tennis stadium, a track and field facility, and a velodrome: VELO Sports Center. It is approximately fourteen miles (23 km) south of downtown Los Angeles and its primary tenant is the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS). It is also the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

The stadium played host to the 2005 MLS Cup final, seeing the LA Galaxy defeat the New England Revolution 1–0 in overtime for their second MLS Cup. It was also selected to host the 2006 MLS Cup, which ended 1–1 after overtime with the Houston Dynamo defeating the New England Revolution 4–3 on penalty kicks. In 2016, FC Dallas hosted and won the U.S. Open Cup Final, also against the Revolution.

MLS Cup 2005 2005 edition of the MLS Cup

MLS Cup 2005 was the 10th edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS). The match took place on November 13, 2005, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, and was contested between the New England Revolution and the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was a rematch of MLS Cup 2002 and ended in a repeat victory for Los Angeles, who won 1–0 on a goal scored by Guillermo Ramírez in extra time.

LA Galaxy Association football club in Los Angeles, California

The LA Galaxy, also known as the Los Angeles Galaxy, is an American professional soccer franchise based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The club began play in 1996 as one of the league's eight charter members.

New England Revolution Major League Soccer team

The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in the Greater Boston area that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), in the Eastern Conference of the league. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inaugural season.

In 2018 construction was completed on an extensive renovation of the south end of the stadium. The renovation included a European-style roof built over the new multi-tiered stand that replaced the old bleacher section, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Club located on the second tier, the third tier season ticket member seating area, new locker rooms, patio, store, entrance, box office and press conference area. Although many club supporters wanted roof structures to be built over the west and east stands to provide shade during the brutal Texas summers, those projects were postponed until a future phase of renovation. Also included in the $55 million project was the new National Soccer Hall of Fame. [5]

U.S. Open Cup association football knockout tournament in the USA

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup (USOC), is a knock-out cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. The 105th edition, held in 2018, was contested by 97 clubs from the two professional leagues sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation: Major League Soccer (MLS), and the United Soccer League, and also amateur clubs in the earlier rounds of the tournament after qualifying through their leagues. The overall champion earns a total of $300,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives $100,000, and the furthest-advancing team from each lower division league receives $25,000. In addition, the tournament winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Professional sports hall of fame in Frisco, Texas

The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a private, non-profit institution established in 1979 located in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The Hall of Fame honors soccer achievements in the United States. Induction into the hall is widely considered the highest honor in American soccer.

Complex

The complex also has an additional 17 regulation size, stadium-quality soccer fields (both grass and artificial turf) outside the main stadium. These fields are used for practice by FC Dallas, matches for the FC Dallas reserve squad, and for hosting soccer tournaments. Youth tournaments that have made use of the complex include Dallas Cup, Olympic Development Program National Championships, Generation adidas Cup, [6] and the USYSA National Championships.

The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, commonly known as the Dallas Cup, is an annual international football tournament for invited youth teams. The tournament was established in 1980 and is held in Dallas, Texas, with FC Dallas serving as its host club. Venues used for the tournament include the Cotton Bowl and Toyota Stadium. The Cup has tournaments for age groups ranging from U-13 to U-19. Tigres UANL is the champion of the U19 Supergroup. The first ever Dallas Cup saw an English club side from South London, St. Thomas More, win the U14 cup, an amazing display in goal from Sean Woods saw him lofted onto the shoulders of his team-mates in celebration.

United States Youth Soccer Association

The United States Youth Soccer Association is the largest youth affiliate and member of U.S. Soccer, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer includes 55 State Associations, one per state except for California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, which each have two State Associations.

Stadium name

From 2005 until January 2012, the naming rights to the facility were held by national pizza chain Pizza Hut, which is headquartered in nearby Plano, Texas, and the stadium was known as Pizza Hut Park. Nicknames for Pizza Hut Park included PHP, the Hut, and The Oven, the latter referring to Texas' summer climate during afternoon games (and also because the field is well below ground level). On January 7, 2012, the contract linking the pizza franchise with the stadium expired, and the stadium was renamed FC Dallas Stadium. [7]

Naming rights Financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event, typically for a defined period of time

Naming rights are a financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event, typically for a defined period of time. For properties like a multi-purpose arena, performing arts venue or an athletic field, the term ranges from three to 20 years. Longer terms are more common for higher profile venues such as a professional sports facility.

Pizza Hut American restaurant chain and international franchise

Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise which was founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas by Dan and Frank Carney. The company is known for its Italian-American cuisine menu, including pizza and pasta, as well as side dishes and desserts. Pizza Hut has 18,431 restaurants worldwide as of December 31, 2018, making it the world's largest pizza chain in terms of locations. It is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world's largest restaurant companies.

Plano, Texas City in Texas, United States

Plano is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located approximately twenty miles (32.2 km) north of downtown Dallas. The city of Plano is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Plano lies mostly within Collin County, but includes a small portion that extends into Denton County.

On September 10, 2013, FC Dallas reached an agreement with Toyota, who would later move its United States headquarters to Plano, to rename its home field Toyota Stadium. The 17 practice fields around the stadium would be known as Toyota Soccer Center. [8] [9]

National Soccer Hall of Fame

In 2015 plans were announced that the stadium would be the new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame (NSHOF). In addition to the NSHOF museum, the stadium’s south end received extensive renovations and the entire project cost $55 million and was completed in 2018. The Hall of Fame has two components – the NSHOF Experience and the NSHOF Club. The Experience houses the museum and serves as the location for the Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony. The Club includes specialty seating for season ticket holders for all FC Dallas home matches, as well as multiple event spaces that functions as food and beverage hubs on game days. The NSHOF includes soccer memorabilia, modern technology, and virtual reality exhibits. [10]

Notable events

College football

Soccer

Concerts

In 2008, the stadium hosted Christian radio station 94.9FM KLTY's Celebrate Freedom (presented by The Luis Palau Evangelical Association) on June 27–28[ citation needed ] and heavy metal/hard rock festival tour Ozzfest in August.[ citation needed ] It has regularly hosted concerts by Jimmy Buffett. It was also the site for several editions of Edgefest organized by former Dallas alternative rock station KDGE.

Notable concerts

DateArtist(s)Opening act(s)TourTickets soldRevenueAdditional notes
April 15, 2007 My Chemical Romance Muse The Black Parade World Tour This concert was part of Edgefest.
April 28, 2007 Jimmy Buffett Bama Breeze Tour [17]
April 26, 2008The Year of Still Here Tour [18]
April 27, 2008 My Chemical Romance Billy Talent
Drive By
The Black Parade World Tour This concert was part of Edgefest.
August 9, 2008 Metallica 2008 European Vacation Tour This concert was part of Ozzfest.
April 18, 2009Jimmy BuffettSummerzcool Tour [19]
May 17, 2009 Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Sun City Carnival Tour 25,026 / 25,026$1,840,494The concert was originally scheduled on May 2, 2009, but was rescheduled on May 17, 2009 due to heavy rain and lightning.
May 22, 2010Jimmy BuffettUnder the Big Top Tour
September 18, 2010 Kiss Pat Green
Drowning Pool
The Hottest Show on Earth Tour
May 21, 2011Jimmy Buffett Ilo Ferreira Welcome to Fin Land Tour [20]
April 22, 2012 Garbage Not Your Kind of People World Tour These concerts were part of Edgefest.
The Black Keys Arctic Monkeys El Camino Tour
Evanescence Evanescence Tour
May 4, 2013Jimmy Buffett Jackson Browne Songs from St. Somewhere Tour [21]
June 21, 2014 Jackson Browne
John Fogerty
Monte Montgomery
This One's For You Tour [22]
May 30, 2015 Huey Lewis & The News Workin' n' Playin' Tour [23]
September 5, 2015 Ed Sheeran Christina Perri
Jamie Lawson
x Tour
May 28, 2016Jimmy Buffett Jerry Jeff Walker I Don't Know Tour [24]
June 10, 2017 Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was the special guest. [25]
October 20, 2018 Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour

Dr. Pink Field

North of the main stadium is Dr. Pink Field, a mini-stadium named after former Frisco doctor Dr. Erwin G. Pink. [26] The field is used for Frisco ISD high school football and soccer.

Dr. Pink Field formerly hosted games for the Frisco Griffins Rugby Club. [27] The Griffins drew an attendance of a few hundred people per game. [28]

See also

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Cotton Bowl
Home of
FC Dallas

2005–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
The Home Depot Center
Host of the MLS Cup
2005, 2006
Succeeded by
RFK Stadium
Preceded by
Finley Stadium
Host of the NCAA Division I Football Championship
2010–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
SAS Soccer Park
Host of the College Cup
2008
Succeeded by
WakeMed Soccer Park