New Soccer Hall of Fame Kicks Off in Frisco, Texas


Frisco, Texas, home to the Dallas Cowboys' headquarters and practice complex called the Star, has welcomed another state-of-the-art sports venue, the new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The facility is part of Toyota Stadium, home of the FC Dallas professional soccer team.

Honoring U.S. players is the NSHOF Experience, a 19,350-square-foot exhibition using virtual reality, gesture technology and interactive digital video boards to celebrate the players, veterans and builders of American soccer. There is also an exhibit of soccer memorabilia, including a telegram from Calvin Coolidge congratulating the U.S. Men's National Team following their first Olympic performance and international debut in 1924; NASL Championship rings from the New York Cosmos for 1972, 1977, 1978 and 1980; and the 1996 women's Olympic-debut game ball.

Several areas are available for event rental. The Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup Club -- celebrating the businessman and sports fan who was one of the founders of the professional men's league, Major League Soccer -- holds up to 250 people and features a 100-foot bar and a patio.

With views of Toyota Stadium, the Hall of Fame Club welcomes up to 600 guests and features a dance floor with soccer memorabilia embedded in it, lounge areas, a 100-foot bar and a media room. Groups can also rent the entire facility for up to 800 people.

Nearby hotels include the 330-room Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco, 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel and 301-room Westin Stonebriar.