Stadiums & Training Facilities
AT&T Stadium has already proved its capabilities to not only stand up to the test for NFL but also in the soccer realm. The first sporting event at AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009, was the Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinal match featuring Mexico versus Haiti in front of a sold out, standing room only, crowd of 82,000. Concacaf Gold Cup matches have been held in AT&T Stadium in 2009, 2011, 2013 and most recently in 2017. The sport of soccer made history in AT&T Stadium as the first sporting event to take place in the newest and most impressive stadiums in the United States.
The international soccer presence at AT&T Stadium didn’t stop there. AT&T Stadium also played host to world-famous clubs Chelsea, Barcelona and Club America in the 2009 and 2011 World Football Challenge. The Mexican Men’s National Team has made AT&T Stadium their home-away-from-home having played premier friendlies in 2012, 2014, 2015, and has recently partnered with the region for their annual MexTour matches from 2018-2022.
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Cotton Bowl Stadium has been an iconic part of Dallas since its opening in 1932. This stadium best known for its football has been home to the SMU Mustangs, the Dallas Cowboys, the annual Red River Rivalry game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners since 1932, the State Fair Classic game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Prairie View A&M University Panthers, and The Cotton Bowl from 1937-2010. However, the 10th largest stadium in the United States does not focus solely on football. It has hosted the FIFA World Cup games in 1994, the Gold Cup Games, MLS soccer, and a number of concerts like Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones. This legendary facility demonstrated its commitment to remaining a world class facility by going through a set of renovations in 2008 that replaced all the seating, added a new state of the art video board, an exterior facade, and a brand new surface.
Toyota Stadium & Toyota Soccer Center, Frisco
One of the best and most unique soccer facilities in the world, Toyota Soccer Center is one of three US Soccer training facilities. The 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility located in Frisco is the home stadium for FC Dallas and hosts college football’s FCS title game, the Frisco Bowl, Concacaf Gold Cup matches, and a variety of concerts, tournaments, and other events. Included in the facility is a 20,500 state-of-the-art pro soccer stadium and 17 tournament-sized fields. Additionally, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened in Toyota Stadium’s south end in 2018 as part of a more than $55 million renovation to the facility which included new locker rooms and two new club spaces.
MoneyGram Soccer Park, Dallas
MoneyGram Soccer Park is a 120-acre, 19-field soccer complex at Elm Fork in Dallas. Managed by FC Dallas, the facility features 14 full-sized fields and five junior fields to provide areas for all age groups. The venue hosts various events on both the local and national levels and is a tournament-grade facility that allows the sport of soccer to continue its growth in North Texas. MoneyGram Soccer Park is often utilized by many national teams for training during international friendlies, the MEX Tour, and Concacaf Gold Cup matches.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Westcott Field is the home turf for both the SMU men’s and women’s soccer teams. Both teams began competing at Westcott Field in 1994. The grass facility was used as a training site during World Cup USA ’94, with teams from Germany, Bulgaria, Sweden, and Holland practicing there prior to their games at the Cotton Bowl.
In 2020 it was announced that SMU alum Ray W. Washburn committed $5 million to enhance the student experience and elevate SMU’s competitiveness by establishing the Washburn Soccer and Track Stadium, which will begin upgrades on the old Westcott Field later this year. Additions include new stadium seating, locker rooms, team room/training rooms, as well as more convenient “on-field” access for athletes.
Ross Stewart Soccer Complex, Farmers Branch
Ross Stewart Soccer Complex is a soccer-specific facility that is home to the renowned Dallas Texans Soccer Club, an organization that has been rated as the #1 soccer club in the country, according to Soccer America. The facility features 6 professional-sized soccer fields composed of immaculately well-tended natural grass. The complex features an athletic training facility, a concessions area, and a clubhouse with offices, flat screen televisions, and rooms for hospitality. Continued additions are planned for the new facility including an upgrade to seating that will bring the capacity to 2,000 spectators. The facilities at Ross Stewart Soccer Complex are fit to host the highest caliber of soccer, and it makes an excellent site for regional and national events.
Additional Facilities within the Dallas Region are being considered for training venues.