When you think professional football in Dallas, Texas you immediately think Dallas Cowboys. However with the recent popularity of World Cup Soccer many people are now discovering another pro football club, Major League Soccer franchise FC Dallas. Currently in fourth place in the Western Division this Dallas pro football team is in position for post season play.
However if you're unfamiliar with FC Dallas here's some history and key information to help you enjoy the next game.
In 1996 Major League Soccer (MLS) was born and one of the ten teams awarded a franchise was the Dallas Burn. The Burn played their games in the Cotton Bowl with mixed results. In 2002 the team was purchased by the Hunt Sports Group and was relaunched as FC Dallas in 2005 moving from the Cotton Bowl to their beautiful new $80 million soccer stadium located in Frisco, Texas.
The stadium is currently known as Toyota Stadium and seats nearly 21,000 fans. Located at 9200 World Cup Way in Frisco this world class sports venue doesn't have a bad seat in the house. With ample free parking lots, convenient entrance gates on all four sides of the stadium and reasonable ticket prices, a trip to the game is a great experience for the entire family.
Driving to Toyota Stadium is simple from anywhere in the Metroplex. Go North on the Dallas North Tollway and exit to the East at Main Street in Frisco -- Toyota Stadium will be on your left.
You'll enter the stadium on the Plaza level through either the North, South, East or West gates. The Plaza is located above the seats and stadium floor so upon finding your section you'll descend to your seats. Endline seats are located near the South Gate while on field seating is available near the north end of the stadium. Sideline seats are accessed through the East and West Gates.
Just inside the West Gate you'll find the River Club by WinStar World Casino a private club for season ticket holders and fans that purchase seats in the Midfield Club West and Club Loge seating areas. It's a 6,500 square foot lounge with a full bar and menu and best of all it's air conditioned. But don't worry if you don't have access to the club, there's plenty of great food and drink stands throughout the stadium.
So how does this pro football team compare to the more well known team? First FC Dallas plays 19 home games, the Cowboys play 8 regular season games. So there are more opportunities to catch a game. Parking at FC Dallas games is free. You'll not find that perk at AT&T Stadium. Finally, tickets for an FC Dallas game can be purchased for under twenty dollars. Cowboys tickets, are considerably more.
So the next time you think Dallas football turn your focus to Frisco and catch an exciting FC Dallas game.