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Toyota Stadium Details
Toyota Stadium — located in Frisco, Texas — is the home field of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas. FC Dallas, originally called the Dallas Burn, was a founding member of MLS in 1995. The club changed its name to FC Dallas in 2005 to rebrand the team as it moved to Toyota Stadium (then called Pizza Hut Park). Construction in the south end of the stadium for the United States Soccer Hall of Fame has reduced the stadium’s current capacity from about 20,000 to 16,215.
When the MLS Cup Final was held as a neutral site game, Toyota Stadium hosted the match in two consecutive years: 2005 and 2006. The LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo have won the MLS Cup at Toyota Stadium.
In more recent history, FC Dallas won their first Supporters’ Shield, given to the MLS team with the best regular season record, in 2016. Toyota Stadium hosted a number of noteworthy events for FC Dallas that year. The club defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-1 in an MLS Cup Semifinals game but lost the series 4-2 on aggregate. The stadium also hosted the final match of the 2016 US Open Cup, where FC Dallas defeated the New England Revolution to win the Cup.
In addition to soccer, Toyota Stadium is the host of the NCAA Division I Football Championship (FCS). The game has been played in Frisco since 2010, and Toyota Stadium is scheduled to host until 2019. In 2017, Toyota Stadium hosts the first Frisco Bowl game, which replaces the Miami Beach Bowl and features a team from NCAA Football’s American Athletic Conference. The stadium also hosts concerts including festivals like Ozzfest and acts like Jimmy Buffet, ZZ Top, and Blink 182.
Toyota Stadium also plays an important role in the local community. The complex is also home to the Toyota Soccer Center, which includes 17 regulation-sized soccer fields. The complex hosts youth and regional soccer tournaments in addition to practices for FC Dallas and its reserve squad.
What’s the best place to sit at Toyota Stadium?
Keep in mind that the construction for the National Soccer Hall of Fame has closed most of the south side of the stadium (behind the south goal). Behind the north goal is Budweiser Beer Garden, which has bleacher style seating and includes discounted beer. Fans in the beer garden don’t sit often, though: it’s the home of FC Dallas’ Supporters Group, the Dallas Beer Guardians. Fans in the Supporters Sections stand, sing, and cheer through the whole game. The sections are a lot of fun if you like to be loud and you’re there to root for the home team. Toyota Stadium has aa second Supporters Group, the Lone Star Legion, who sit (or stand, really) in sections 120 and 121.
The rest of the stadium’s general seating is along either sideline. There is no upper bowl, and seats are all 100-level. There are 31 rows in each section, so pay attention based on how close you want to sit. The higher up seats are still a good value — you’re close enough to the field to see everything.
Tips and Tricks
Toyota Stadium is one of the few pro-sports venues in the world that offers free parking. Dallas is a large, spread-out city, and it’s difficult to get to the stadium (located in Frisco, to the north of the city) without driving on toll roads. The stadium is about 40 minutes from central Dallas and 30+ minutes from Dallas Fort-Worth Airport.
Once you get to the stadium, you can join in the tailgates at the parking lots. The Dallas Beer Guardians tailgate in the Sienna Blue Lot on the corner of Frisco St and Lamar Hunt Way. Lots open 2.5 hours before the game starts.
Many exciting restaurants have opened since FC Dallas moved to Toyota Stadium in 2005. The nearby British Lion is a European-themed soccer bar that serves classic pub food like fish and chips. Other nearby restaurants include options for burgers, wings, and Tex Mex.