National Soccer HOF to open in Frisco

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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National Soccer Hall of Fame to Open the Weekend of October 20, 2018
with Induction Ceremony, Concert and Hall of Fame Game
The National Soccer Hall of Fame will open October 20, 2018 the
United States Soccer Federation and FC Dallas announced this week
during a media event at Toyota Stadium. The 2018 Hall of Fame weekend
will kick off with the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, October
20 where the newest members of the Hall of Fame will take their place
among soccer’s elite. The 2018 Hall of Fame induction class will be
announced in March 2018.
The weekend will also include the 2018 Hall of Fame game
featuring FC Dallas and an MLS opponent TBD on Sunday, October 21, a
NASL 50th anniversary match and a concert.
Soccer fans will get a sneak peek of the National Soccer Hall of
Fame in July 2018 when the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Club opens. This club
space offers a casual sports bar atmosphere on gamedays with a 1300
square-foot patio offering unobstructed views of the Toyota Stadium
pitch. The gameday locker rooms and state-of-the-art media room will
also open in July 2018.
Part of a $55 million renovation at Toyota Stadium, the National
Soccer Hall of Fame is a public-private partnership among FC Dallas,
the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District and U.S. Soccer
Federation.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame was first located in Oneonta, NY
and known as the National Soccer Museum from 1979-2010. It became
known as the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983. The facility closed
in February of 2010.
In 2013, FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt launched a campaign
to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco. Their father, Lamar Hunt, was
inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he
received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one
of only three individuals to have won the award.

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