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Pizza Hut Park

Pizza Hut Park has become something of a Mecca to soccer in North Texas, being not only the home field of the MLS side FC Dallas, but also the headquarters of the United States Youth Soccer Association and home one of the nation's most prestigious tournaments, the Dallas Cup.

Pizza Hut Park
Pizza Hut Park is Home to FC Dallas, as well as numerous youth soccer tournaments

Built at a cost of $80 million the publicly-privately-funded project is used over 300 days a year, hosting Major League Soccer games, U.S. Men's and Women's National Team games, concerts, international soccer tournaments and high school football. It is estimated that up to 1.4 million spectators and participants visit the 117-acre facility each year.

The park features a 21,193-seat stadium, built and owned by the city of Frisco, as well as 17 regulation size, stadium-quality soccer fields (15 grass and two artificial) just outside the main stadium.

These fields are use for practice by FC Dallas and for hosting youth soccer tournaments. In addition to the Dallas Cup, the Region III Champsionships, the ODP National Championships, and the USYSA National Championships have been held there.

As you might expect from a facility that houses a pro team, the fields at Pizza Hut Park are of a very high quality. Seven, including the stadium field, are sand-based, eight use a base of native soil and two others are artificial. The grass fields are mowed daily to a length of ½ to ¾ of and inch and 16 of the 17 field have lights.

Frisco – Sports Town USA

If you like sports, you're going to love visiting Frisco, which has become a model for how a medium-sized city can use sports to boost its economy and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

Besides Pizza Hut Park, Frisco's venues include the Dr Pepper Ballpark, which features seating for 10,000 and is home of the Frisco RoughRiders, a Texas Rangers AA Affiliate, and the recently renovated Dr Pepper Arena, home to the Texas Tornado North American Hockey League team, the Dallas Stars practice ice and corporate offices, and also can host concerts and gymnastics.

And recently, the NBA Development League team Colorado 14ers were purchased, with plans to relocate them to the Dr Pepper Arena in time for the 2010-11 season.

Last year, 4.3 million visitors were drawn to Frisco, many attracted by these sporting venues. Those visitors spent close to a billion dollars on food, hotels and shopping, so the city is more than committed to building on its reputation as a family-friendly, sports tourism destination. More venues and teams are likely to be attracted in the future, though no immediate plans have been announced.

Hotels in the Area

Dick's Sporting Goods Park Stadium
The Dallas Cup, one of the best youth soccer tournaments in the world, now calls Pizza Hut Park home

The official hotel of Pizza Hut Park and FC Dallas is the Embassy Suites in Frisco, which is a little less than five miles from the park. If your team is one that is always rushing at the last minute, you may want toopt instead for the closest hotel, which is the Comfort Suites, and clocks in at a mere .79 miles from the park.

Other hotels in Frisco include, Hampton Inn and Suites (4.5 miles away), the Westin Stonebriar (5.5 Miles) and the Sheraton Stonebriar (5.8 Miles)

In nearby Plano, TX are the Hotel Nylo at Legacy (6 miles), Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center, (7 miles), the Courtyard by Marriott Plano Parkway, and the Fairfield Inn, Plano Parkway (both 13 miles).

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Soccer Tournaments Hosted

In addition to the Dallas Cup, arguably the most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the world, the Park has hosted the Region III Championships, the ODP National Championships, and the USYSA National Championships since it opened in 2005. Other events include the Lamar Hunt Legacy Cup in November and the King Tut Soccer Tournament in July.

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