Tuesday night, Frisco City Council held their scheduled meeting with the announcement of a public voting of the stadium upgrades and bringing in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame to Frisco. The cost FC Dallas will burden is a million dollar increase in rent until 2037, which is when the current lease runs out. So what caused the city of Frisco to fork over so much money for the upgrades? Well, we learned one main factor was making sure Frisco kept the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision championship game. The current agreement with the NCAA expires after the 2015-2016 game and Frisco wants that game in their city as it was expected to bring in a $6 million economic impact to the city. The NCAA has also expressed interest in bringing other events to the Frisco area, which could possibly be a FBS Bowl game, as ESPN has looked at buying the Heart of Dallas bowl game and moving it to another city.
Many of the changes brought to Toyota Stadium were recommended by the NCAA. Changes include new locker rooms, offices, a team store, video and sound improvements, upgrades to the current press box, and the building of a new press area which will likely be used for camera crew and photographers since it is being built on the lower level. Additional updates to the suites include 2,400 square feet of new construction. The one burden FC Dallas fans have had is long lines for concessions. FC Dallas submitted research that shows the need for more food service support.
As far as a roof goes, that does not look likely unless a major surprise from Hunt Sports Group is coming. The current plans call for just a canopy over the south end. Toyota Stadium LLC along with Hunt Sports group will have to pick up the bill on any other building done outside of the south end.
The amendment has two more places to pass before a green light is given. It must first be approved by the Frisco Economic Development Corporation, which meets on Thursday. Then it must be approved by Frisco ISD since they will be covering $4 million of the cost.
The puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place, and it will be interesting to see how FC Dallas plans to justify the sharp increase in a lot of season ticket prices from people who have held season tickets for many years
The Frisco City Council will be having their scheduled monthly meeting tonight at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center at 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. On the agenda tonight which could be found here is a proposed amendment for Frisco Stadium, LLC and the city of Frisco to act on a renovation process for Toyota Stadium that will cost an estimated 39 million dollars. The upgrades will benefit FC Dallas, Frisco ISD, and the NCAA FCS Championship Football game which has been a major money maker for the city of Frisco.
FC Dallas was expected to win this match against NYCFC, and it did. Another good performance from a team standpoint. This has to give everyone a good feeling heading into the closing weeks of the season. […]
In Michel’s first match since July 18th, the Brazilian led the way for FC Dallas to their third straight win, assisting a goal and scoring his first of the season. Tesho Akindele was the receiver of the assist, scoring his fifth of the season.
NYCFC started brightly however after Dallas held possession to begin with. New York City would come close to taking the lead in the 20th minute when Andrea Pirlo tried to curl a free-kick in from the left side, Jesse Gonzalez made the save for FC Dallas.
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges knows how important each point is down the stretch and knows how big the 3-0 win was in Columbus. Hedges was pleased with how well the defense performed in the win.
“The defensive performance was huge for us,” he said. “The first half we did alright, but as soon we got that first goal, I thought it was a good tactical switch to bring Walker into the game to get five in the back and they did not get many great chances after that.”
With all the new faces starting last weekend, Hedges knew he had to really make sure everybody was lined up in the right spot as well as making sure the defense holds a clean sheet.
“Obviously it’s not going to be perfect since they’re new,” he said. “They did pretty well though for it being their first time.”
Hedges was thrilled to see fellow defender Atiba Harris get his first goal in just about one year as the right back headed in a corner kick to give FC Dallas the lead.
“We were all happy to see him score,” he said. “He puts in a lot of work and he is a good guy in the locker room so you want to see him succeed.”
Hedges knows that each point is crucial in the extremely tight Western Conference and he also knows each point could be the difference between first in the west or out of the playoffs.
“Every point is crucial right now,” he said. “The Columbus win was the best possible outcome for us and with one or two more wins we will likely be set for the playoffs and then can focus on getting first in the West.”
Hedges is also relieved knowing FC Dallas controls their own destiny into the playoffs and getting the one seed at the end of the season.
“We just have to focus on our gameplan and focus just on our games,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about what other teams do because having to do that sucks.”
The Austin Aztex take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC for the fourth time this season. The last game is tonight at Sand Creek Stadium in Colorado Springs. The Switchbacks currently hold second place in […]