7 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS CALL FRISCO HOME
Of course fans will find the Major League Soccer (MLS) Club FC Dallas inside Toyota Stadium (a soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of 20,500), the ever-so-popular Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, and Texas Legends as some of the top and most well-known sports teams in Frisco.
Allow me to introduce you to some of the newer teams:
- The Dallas Rattlers are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team who rebranded and relocated from Rochester to Frisco just in time for the 2018 season. The Rattlers play at Ford Center inside The Star and are the first MLL franchise in the entire state of Texas. Fun fact: the Rattlers are the only MLL team to play in the Central Time Zone.
- The Texas Revolution (or “Texas Revs” to the locals) are the new indoor football team in town and always a good time. The team won the franchises’ first championship in 2017 and has won Game Ops of the Year in Champions Indoor Football (CIF) the last two seasons, giving them some real indoor arena cred. Fun fact: the team launched a countywide “Name YOUR Team” contest which drew in over 1,000 submissions. Talk about having a vested interest in your home team!
- The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Tailgating before games is in high demand at Dr Pepper Park, with unique offerings like Party at the Yard (Thursdays), featuring $1 beers, a variety of tailgate games and the lazy river, which is open to the public (21 years + only). There’s something about baseball and summertime that just makes my heart happy, even if it’s a team I don’t follow too closely.
FRISCO SPORTS FACILITIES ARE SECOND TO NONE
- The Star is the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Training Facility that is an over-the-top, all-Cowboys, 91-acre campus, complete with unique shops, behind-the-scenes and private tours; and don’t forget the 60,000 square-foot gym Cowboys Fit. Located in the Entertainment District and offering free parking (which is a huge perk around these parts), this is the place to take any Cowboys fan and the perfect way to get amped up before football season. You can even visit the new Dallas Cowboys Training Camp and snap a new profile pic on the turf in front of Ford Center to commemorate your epic tour!
- The Dr Pepper Arena is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue and home to the Texas Legends basketball team of the NBA Gatorade League and the Texas Revolution Professional Indoor Football team. The arena also hosts year-round events like the Lone Star Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship, concerts, high school graduations and more.
- The Dr Pepper Ballpark is home to the Frisco RoughRiders and one of the top fields in all of minor league baseball. The Choctaw Lazy River in right field (you’ve probably seen the pictures on Instagram if you’re a baseball fan) combines some of America’s favorite pastimes all for the price of one admission ticket. Pro tip: If you’re going with a group of friends, you can even reserve the pool just for your group! Other noteworthy features (that even a non-sports lover can enjoy) are the bullpens built right into the stands for unique views. I will be hitting up the lazy river and cooled down bar at least a few times this summer, guaranteed!
- Toyota Stadium, the soccer-specific stadium that hosts loud and exuberant fans, has been home of FC Dallas for more than a decade. This 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility also hosts the FCS Championship Game, the Frisco Bowl and a sampling of concerts and other events throughout the year.
SOCCER CONTINUES TO GROW IN FRISCO
Soccer fans will soon enjoy the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which broke ground in 2016 and is expected to open later this year (October 20, 2018, is the publicized opening date) inside Toyota Stadium.
According to VisitFrisco.com, “The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a list of firsts — the first physically constructed into an MLS soccer stadium and the first to integrate seating and clubs as part of a game-day experience.”
As a new fan to the sport and having friends who work in MLS, I can’t wait to see this firsthand. I have no doubt it will help grow the sport on so many levels!
Follow along on social media to see what visitors and locals are saying and doing in Frisco when it comes to sports with #iheartfrisco.