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The Dallas Cowboys and Frisco Independent School District are teaming up to build the next cutting-edge Texas high school football stadium.
The city of Frisco, Frisco ISD, the Frisco Economic Development Corporation and the Frisco Community Development Corporation announced a combined $115 million contribution for the Cowboys new headquarters and sports complex to be built at Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco.
The Cowboys sports complex will include a domed stadium that will serve as the Cowboys indoor practice facility and a home field for Frisco ISD high schools. The stadium is expected to seat 12,000 and will give Frisco ISD the state’s first indoor facility designed to host high school football games. The Round Valley Ensphere in Eagar, Ariz. is the first high school field enclosed by a dome. The wooden domed structure was opened in 1991 and seats 5,000 for football.
The district and its six high schools – two more are scheduled to open by the time the stadium is completed n 2016 – will have first rights to using the stadium on Thursday and Friday evenings during the high school football season and on Saturdays for playoff games. The district will also gain an indoor venue large enough to host its annual May pin ceremony and June graduation ceremonies.
The city and school district will each pay $30 million for the stadium and parking structure. . Any cost overruns for the sports complex and headquarters will be paid by the Cowboys.
The combined $60 million is similar to the $59.6 million price tag on Allen’s one-year-old Eagle Field and additional facilities.
The Frisco domed stadium promises to be much more than a bubble enclosing a field. It’s amenities will match those of the state’s newest high school stadiums including:
- NFL-approved synthetic turf playing field
- Ring of suite seating and/or club seating with armchair seats
- NFL-quality training room
- Master scoreboard with video board
- Radio and TV broadcast booths
- Two coaching booths
While the city and school district will own the stadium and parking structure, The Cowboys will pay the costs of maintaining and operating the sports complex including the stadium, and will also own naming and sponsorship rights.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the inclusion of a high school and youth sports facility was a key factor in the team’s decision to move its headquarters to Frisco.
“We’re using our visibility, using what we’re about, to encourage and create a positive atmosphere for youth sports that is of great interest to us,” Jones said.
The school district was anticipating building a third football stadium before opening its seventh and eighth high schools, and the Cowboys’ agreement is expected to save the district $250,000 to $300,000 in annual operational costs associated with a new stadium.