Dragon Stadium, Southlake

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Dragon Stadium
LocationSouthlake, Texas
Coordinates32°55′46″N 97°6′43″W / 32.92944°N 97.11194°W / 32.92944; -97.11194Coordinates: 32°55′46″N 97°6′43″W / 32.92944°N 97.11194°W / 32.92944; -97.11194
OwnerCarroll ISD
OperatorSouthlake, Texas
Capacity11,000 (2005)
SurfaceField Turf
Construction
Broke ground1999
Opened2001
Construction cost$15 Million USD
($21.2 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Tenants
Southlake Carroll Dragons (UIL) (2001–present)
Dallas Burn (MLS) (2003)

Dragon Stadium is a stadium in Southlake, Texas. It is used mostly for American football games. The stadium is Located at 1085 S. Kimball Ave. in Southlake, Texas, the stadium serves Carroll ISD, and is the home of the Carroll Senior High School Dragons football team. The stadium was used by the Major League Soccer club Dallas Burn for the 2003 season, after having used the Cotton Bowl since its founding in 1996.

The stadium was built in 2001 and the first game held at the stadium was on September 7, 2001, an American football game against the Haltom Buffaloes. The final cost of the stadium was in the range of between $18 million and $19 million. The stadium shares land with the Transportation Offices for Carroll ISD. Before 2003, the stadium could seat 8,000 people. When the Dallas Burn Soccer Club terminated their lease with Carroll ISD, they left bleachers that they had assembled in the East endzone. The new capacity is approximately 11,000 people. The endzone bleachers are home to the Carroll Dragon Band and the Emerald Belle Drill Team at home games. The Press Box is accessed via elevator and has two floors. The second floor houses operations and coach booths. The first floor houses administration and scouting personnel. The playing surface is artificial and encompasses many draining features due to how easily the concourse can flood in heavy rains. In 2006, the home parking lot was doubled in size due to expected population growth. As of August 2006, the Carroll ISD school board voted to hold all future graduation ceremonies for graduating seniors of Carroll Senior High at Dragon Stadium. The decision spurred a lot of controversy due to possible weather issues and heat concerns.

In 2006, Under Armour filmed part of a popular commercial called "Click-Clack" at Dragon Stadium. One of the opening scenes shows Green Bay Packers linebacker A. J. Hawk running across the turf at Dragon Stadium.

One interesting feature of the stadium is that, if one sits on the north side, it is possible to see another local high school football stadium standing in the shadows: Mustang-Panther Stadium built in the 1970s, operated by the neighboring GCISD Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.

In June 2009, the Carroll ISD school board voted to issue bonds to pay for a $5 million renovation of the stadium. This renovation enclosed both east and west endzones.

New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski snuck into the stadium in June 2017 for a workout and posted on his social media.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ TEGNA. "Gronk sneaks into Southlake football stadium for workout without anyone knowing". WFAA. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
Preceded by
Cotton Bowl
Home of the Dallas Burn
2003
Succeeded by
Cotton Bowl