The National Soccer Hall of Fame opening is drawing closer, as the Frisco, TX museum will open to the public early next month.
Constructed as part of a larger $55-million renovation project at Toyota Stadium–home of MLS’s FC Dallas–the new space for the National Soccer Hall of Fame has been anticipated for years. There will be a mix of historic elements, including items that date back to 1899, as well as interactive displays, and other technology features that should give the museum some modern touches.
While the National Soccer Hall of Fame previously operated in Oneonta, NY for more than 30 years before closing in 2010, there are hopes that the new space at Toyota Stadium will be a major draw. An invitation-only induction ceremony will take place this weekend, with November 2 slated to be the date that the museum opens its doors to the public. More from the Dallas Morning News:
For Dan and Clark Hunt, the hall is part of a legacy that started more than 50 years ago with their father, Lamar Hunt, who became one of the founding owners of the North American Soccer League and was one of the original investors in Major League Soccer.
“We’re now the home for soccer in America,” FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said.
“This is a chance for us to make Toyota Stadium — again — the best place to watch a soccer game in Major League Soccer,” added his brother, Clark Hunt, chairman of Hunt Sports Group.
The Toyota Stadium renovation project included more than the Hall of Fame, as it also led to new locker rooms, merchandise store, suites, audio and video improvements, and a Hall of Fame club. It was funded as part of a public-private partnership that included FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, and U.S. Soccer. FC Dallas president Dan Hunt spoke about the Hall of Fame project with our own Jarah Wright in 2016.
Image courtesy National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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