FC Dallas Stadium
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|FC Dallas Stadium|
|Former names||Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Complex (2004-2005)
Pizza Hut Park (2005-2012)
FC Dallas Stadium (2012-present)
|Location||9200 World Cup Way, Ste 202
Frisco, TX 75034-4958
|Broke ground||February 18, 2004|
|Opened||August 6, 2005|
|Owner||City of Frisco|
|Operator||Frisco Soccer, LP|
|Surface||Grass (Tifway 419)|
|Construction cost||$80 million
($94 million in 2013 dollars)
|General contractor||Lee Lewis Construction, Inc.|
|Field dimensions||117 by 74 yards (107 m × 68 m)|
|FC Dallas (MLS) (2005–present)
Frisco ISD teams (2005–present)
NCAA Division I Football Championship (2010–2015)
FC Dallas Stadium (formerly Pizza Hut Park) is a soccer-specific stadium with a 20,500-seat capacity, built and owned by the city of Frisco, Texas. Its primary tenant is Major League Soccer (MLS) team FC Dallas, which relocated from the Cotton Bowl in central Dallas to the fast-growing suburb, and Frisco ISD high school football games. In 2005, the naming rights to the facility were acquired by the large pizza chain Pizza Hut whose corporate headquarters are in Plano, Texas (a northern Dallas suburb). On January 7, 2012, the naming rights sponsorship ended and the facility is renamed as "FC Dallas Stadium".
The stadium, which cost approximately $80 million, opened on August 6, 2005 with a match between FC Dallas and the MetroStars, which ended in a 2–2 draw. When first designed, the stadium's original seating capacity was 20,500 in a U-shaped design with one end of the stadium having a permanent stage for hosting concerts. Like many of the soccer-specific stadiums being built around the country, it is expected that the stadium will make a significant amount of revenue by hosting mid-sized concerts, as well as various other sporting events, such as high-school football games. The stadium includes 18 luxury suites as well as a private 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) stadium club.
The stadium played host to the 2005 MLS Cup final, seeing the Los Angeles Galaxy defeat the New England Revolution 1–0 in overtime for their second MLS Cup. It was also selected to host the 2006 MLS Cup, which ended 1–1 after extra time with the Houston Dynamo defeating the New England Revolution 4–3 on penalty kicks.
The complex also has an additional 17 regulation size, stadium-quality soccer fields (both grass and artificial turf) outside the main stadium. These fields are for practice by FC Dallas, matches for the FC Dallas reserve squad, and for hosting youth soccer tournaments. Youth tournaments that have made use of the complex include Dallas Cup, Olympic Development Program National Championships, and the USYSA National Championships.
Nicknames for Pizza Hut Park included PHP, the Hut, and The Oven, the latter referring to Texas' summer climate during afternoon games (and also because the field is well below ground level). On January 7, 2012, the contract linking the pizza franchise with the stadium expired and the site has been renamed FC Dallas Stadium.
Notable events 
- Starting in 2008, Pizza Hut Park became the new venue for Christian radio station 94.9FM KLTY's Celebrate Freedom (presented by The Luis Palau Evangelical Association) which took place on June 27–28, 2008.
- On August 8, 2008, Pizza Hut Park played host to the heavy metal/hard rock festival tour Ozzfest.
- On December 12 and 14, 2008, Pizza Hut Park hosted the NCAA Men's College Cup. In the semifinals, North Carolina defeated Wake Forest and Maryland defeated St. John's.Maryland defeated North Carolina 1-0 in the NCAA division I championship on December 14, 2008.
- On August 5, 2010, Pizza Hut Park hosted a friendly match between FC Dallas and Inter Milan, fresh off victory in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. The game drew a single-game attendance record for the park with 21,193 spectators. The game ended in a 2 - 2 draw.
- On February 26, 2010, it was announced that Pizza Hut Park in Frisco would become the new host of the NCAA Division I Football Championship, the title game of college football's Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), for the 2010 through 2012 seasons. The game had been played for the previous 13 seasons in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first matchup, hosted by the Southland Conference, was played on January 7, 2011. This match-up paired the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens against the Eastern Washington University Eagles. Vice President (and former Delaware Senator) Joe Biden was in attendance as his alma mater surrendered a 19-point lead late in the 3rd quarter en route to a 20-19 loss.
- On March 19, 2011, FC Dallas opened the 2011 season against the Chicago Fire with a 1 - 1 tie. The game was the team's first ever regular season sellout (20,145 spectators).
- The May 1, 2011, FC Dallas game against the Los Angeles Galaxy broke the record for largest single-game attendance originally set the previous year against Inter Milan. The game drew a record 21,867 fans, but most left due to a one hour rain delay in the 83rd minute. FC Dallas won the game 2 - 1 thanks to a Brek Shea goal after the one hour delay.
- The final event under the "Pizza Hut Park" name was the NCAA Division I Football Championship game on January 7, 2012, in which North Dakota State defeated Sam Houston State 17–6.
- On July 28, 2012, FC Dallas again set a single-game attendance record at FC Dallas Stadium, once again vs. the LA Galaxy. The record crowd of 22,565 saw the Galaxy defeat Dallas 1-0, virtually ending Dallas' hopes of a playoff berth.
- On December 19, 2012, the NCAA announced that it had extended its contract with FC Dallas Stadium to host the NCAA Division I Football Championship game through the 2015 season.
Dr. Pink Field 
See also 
- Staff. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2012. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- Wilonsky, Robert (December 21, 2011). "Pizza Hut Pulls Its Slice Out of Pizza Hut Park". Unfair Park (Dallas Observer). Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- "2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Bracket"
- Caplan, Jeff (2010-02-26). "20 teams to compete for FCS crown". ESPNDallas.com. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- "NCAA inks three-year extension to keep FCS title game in Frisco, Texas" (Press release). NCAA. December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- Rugby Mag, Frisco Conquering Texas DII, Dec. 14, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-dii-clubs/6675-frisco-conquering-texas-dii.html
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