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Toyota Stadium (Texas)

Toyota Stadium

Former names Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Complex (2004-2005)
Pizza Hut Park (2005-2012)
FC Dallas Stadium (2012-2013)
Toyota Stadium (2013–present)
Location 9200 World Cup Way, Ste 202
Frisco, TX 75034-4958
Coordinates
Owner City of Frisco
Operator Frisco Soccer, LP
Capacity 20,500[1]
Field size 117 by 74 yards (107 m × 68 m)
Surface Bermuda Grass
Construction
Broke ground February 18, 2004
Opened August 6, 2005
Construction cost $80 million
($96.6 million in 2015 dollars[2])
Architect HKS, Inc.
General contractor Lee Lewis Construction, Inc.[3]
Tenants
FC Dallas (MLS) (2005–present)
Frisco ISD teams (2005–present)
NCAA Division I Football Championship (2010–2015)

Toyota Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium with a 20,500-seat capacity, built and owned by the city of Frisco, Texas. Its primary tenant is Major League Soccer (MLS) team FC Dallas, which relocated from the Cotton Bowl in central Dallas to the fast-growing suburb, and Frisco ISD high school football games. 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, and the stadium was known as Pizza Hut Park. During the time in between Pizza Hut's loss of and Toyota's acquisition of the naming rights, the facility was known as FC Dallas Stadium.[4]

History

The stadium, which cost approximately $80 million, opened on August 6, 2005 with a match between FC Dallas and the MetroStars, which ended in a 2–2 draw. When first designed, the stadium's original seating capacity was 20,500 in a U-shaped design with one end of the stadium having a permanent stage for hosting concerts. Like many of the soccer-specific stadiums being built around the country, it is expected that the stadium will make a significant amount of revenue by hosting mid-sized concerts, as well as various other sporting events, such as high-school football games. The stadium includes 18 luxury suites as well as a private 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) stadium club.

The stadium played host to the 2005 MLS Cup final, seeing the Los Angeles 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.

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 for practice by FC Dallas, matches for the FC Dallas reserve squad, and for hosting youth soccer tournaments. Youth tournaments that have made use of the complex include Dallas Cup, Olympic Development Program National Championships, and the USYSA National Championships.

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 site was renamed FC Dallas Stadium.[4]

On September 10, 2013, FC Dallas reached an agreement with Toyota to rename its home field Toyota Stadium, while the 17 practice fields around the stadium would be known as Toyota Soccer Center.[5][6]

Notable events

  • On August 5, 2010, a then-record crowd of 21,193 saw FC Dallas and Inter Milan, fresh off victory in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, play to a 2–2 exhibition tie.[9] On March 19, 2011, FC Dallas opened the 2011 season against the Chicago Fire with a 1–1 tie. The game was the team's first ever regular season sellout (20,145 spectators). On July 28, 2012, FC Dallas set a single-game attendance record of 22,565 when the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Dallas 1–0.

Dr. Pink Field

North of the main stadium is Dr. Pink Field, a mini-stadium named after former Frisco doctor Dr. Erwin G. Pink.[11] The field is used for Frisco ISD high school football and soccer.

Dr. Pink Field also hosts games for the Frisco Griffins Rugby Club.[12] The Griffins generally draw an attendance of a few hundred people per game.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "About Toyota Stadium". FC Dallas. August 6, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. - About Us". Leelewis.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b  
  5. ^ "FC Dallas announce new naming-rights partner as their home becomes Toyota Stadium". MLSsoccer.com. September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "FC Dallas announces Toyota as official stadium naming rights partner". September 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.ozzfest.com/
  8. ^ "2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Bracket"
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Caplan, Jeff (February 26, 2010). "20 teams to compete for FCS crown".  
  11. ^ "Pink Field Dedicated (January, 2006)". Friscoisd.org. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Official Website of Griffins Rugby". Griffinsrugby.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Rugby Mag, Frisco Conquering Texas DII, Dec 14, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-dii-clubs/6675-frisco-conquering-texas-dii.html

External links

  • Official website
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
2010–2015
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
SAS Soccer Park
Host of the College Cup
2008
Succeeded by
WakeMed Soccer Park
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