What the National Soccer Hall of Fame will look like when it is completed. (Courtesy of U.S. Soccer)
CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer and FC Dallas Wednesday released details of an updated construction timeline for the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
This new timeline includes updated image renderings that showcases features such as the Main Street elevation, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Club and FC Dallas’ gameday locker room.
The Hall of Fame will be located at Toyota Stadium.
National Soccer Hall of Fame Estimated Construction Timeline
* Winter 2017 – South end zone seating in place
* Summer 2018 – Locker rooms, Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup Hall of Fame club and terrace, roof structure, team store, box office and press conference areas completed
* Winter 2018 – Concourse level Hall of Fame Club and Museum completed
Note: estimated completion dates are subject to change
The Hall of Fame will feature a variety of soccer-inspired design elements, including a sculptural art installation that drapes above the main entrance located on Main Street in Frisco. This scarf motif offers artistic connections to exhibit spaces that will be featured throughout the Hall.
“The Main Street design harkens back to the history and tradition of soccer around the world,” FC Dallas president Dan Hunt said in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring the most important soccer museum in North America to Frisco, Texas.”
Other project highlights include:
* A 24,750 square-footroof structure that will cover almost 3,000 premium seats
* Expanded, multiuse game-day locker rooms featuring 200 lockers
* Two field-level player tunnels that allow teams to exit separately through fan areas
* The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Bar – a club space with casual food and beverage options that overlooks the glass-enclosed press conference area and locker room exit tunnels
* Banquet space in the Hall of Fame club area, which provides an elevated food and beverage experience that can accommodate seated events up to 700 guests
* 3,000 square-foot specialty store that will also offer soccer-specific merchandise
* 1,389 square feet of additional video boards, including two in-stadium boards, which will increase the Toyota Stadium video board footprint to approximately 7,512 square feet or slightly larger than two NBA-regulation basketball courts
“We’d like to thank FC Dallas and the Hunt family for all their hard work and dedication during this process,” U.S. Soccer CEO/secretary general Dan Flynn said in a press release. “We’re excited about the progress that’s been made in these early stages, and we’re looking forward to seeing the continued development of the National Soccer Hall of Fame over the next year.”
Part of a $40 million renovation at Toyota Stadium, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is a public-private partnership among FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District and U.S. Soccer Federation.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was first located in Oneonta, N.Y. and known as the National Soccer Museum from 1979-2010. It became known as the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983. The facility closed in February 2010.
In 2013, FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco. Their father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.
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