The Ford Center at the Star Frisco - Home of the Dallas Cowboys
The Ford Center at the Star Frisco, a state-of-the-art indoor athletic stadium in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is shared by the City of Frisco, the Frisco Independent School District and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, who use it as their practice facility. With a football field, regulation soccer field and packed schedule of entertainment as well as sporting events, the Ford Center is a lively hub of the expansive Star campus.
The Ford Center at the Star Frisco History
The Ford Center at the Star began with a meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and City of Frisco officials in early 2013 to discuss plans for a new development on 91 acres of vacant farmland owned by the city. What came about was a unique partnership between the city, the Cowboys and Frisco ISD - a $1.5 billion development that would include the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, an entertainment district with stores and restaurants, a hotel and a medical center as well as the Ford Center. The stadium opened in June 2016, and in 2017 expanded its schedule to feature major concerts and a wide variety of other entertainment events.
The Ford Center at the Star Frisco Events
Signature sporting events to take place at the Ford Center include Friday Night Stars, featuring Frisco ISD's High School Varsity Football, as well as ISD soccer, marching band competitions and other local school events. A huge draw for NFL fans is Dallas Cowboys Draft Day, which is joined by other events such as 5K runs. The Ford Center also hosts Texas Tech Red Raiders games, summer camps, and concerts by such renowned entertainers as James Taylor.
The Ford Center at the Star Frisco Seating Layout
The Ford Center is a 510,000-square-foot facility with 12,000 seats. It has three NFL-compliant practice fields -- one indoor and two outdoor (one turf and one natural grass). Visitors enjoy perusing the Tostitos Championship Plaza, which leads to the entrance of the Ford Center and features a model turf field and interactive displays. During Frisco ISD High School games, designated tailgating spaces lend a festive atmosphere to the vicinity.
Frisco, a fast-growing city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is a prime destination for sports fans, hosting the Dr. Pepper Ballpark baseball stadium; Toyota Stadium Dallas, the home of FC Dallas; and the Dr. Pepper Arena, where fans can watch hockey and basketball games. Visitors to the Metroplex might also want to go to major Dallas tourist attractions such as the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (the JFK assassination site), Dallas World Aquarium and the Dallas Museum of Art.
The Ford Center's exterior video board measures 2,270 square feet, making it the largest in all of high school sports.
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