Are you craving a sporting event where you can experience the passionate personality of the local fans — the loyal supporters who hang on every play, experiencing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat countless times each game — all while having a good time chanting, dancing, singing and consuming a beverage or two?
Then, FC Dallas has the answer. FCD, who won the MLS Supporter’s Shield last season for having the league’s best regular-season record, is playing two games this week. Visit Frisco to see these can’t miss matches at Toyota Stadium.
On Wednesday, (March 15, 2017) Dallas hosts a semifinal in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League, an international tournament featuring teams from the US, Central America and Caribbean. Dallas kicks off against CF Pachuca, a successful and popular Mexican club that is basically the New York Yankees south of the border. On Saturday, March 18, Dallas (1-0-1, 4 points) has its MLS home opener against New England, a squad featuring two DFW products in Lee Nguyen, a former US National Team regular, and London Woodberry. Click here for FC Dallas tickets.
But the best way to take in an FCD game might be sitting in the Budweiser Beer Garden behind the north goal. This raucous section features plenty of pro-Dallas revelry with chanting, singing and enjoying yourself the norm.
Gear Up For the Game
Experience the tailgating scene on Friday at 7PM, The Dallas Beer Guardians supporter’s group will commence its 24-Hour Tailgate, which will last until just before kick on Saturday.
A tradition since Toyota Stadium opened in 2005, this tailgate features plenty of food, beverages and appearances from FCD personalities. Club president Dan Hunt brings pizzas to the tailgate and was accompanied by head coach Oscar Pareja when making his delivery last season. FCD captain Matt Hedges also showed up in 2016.
Fuel Up Pre or Post Game
Of course, whether you want to grab a bite before or after the game, there are now plenty of options near the stadium, something which wasn’t the case in 2005. Tex Mex aficionados can check out Blue Goose Cantina or Mattito’s. Solid burgers can be found at both Ace’s Ice House and Chop Shop and Jake’s, Buffalo wings headline recent addition Wing Nutz, while The Green Gator and NOLA both bring their A-games to Cajun cuisine.
And for those who can’t get enough soccer, venture over to the British Lion, a short walk from the stadium, to have a pint, grab some fish and chips and watch some additional football as they call it across the pond, in a festive atmosphere.
Photos Courtesy: FC Dallas