The groundbreaking debut of the Frisco’s Ford Center at the Star will be hailed as many things, with the opening of the 12,000-seat indoor stadium in partnership with the new headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.
Add to a sellout to the list. Actually a back-to-back sellout to be specific. There are two sessions and the morning and afternoon have each sold out.
Already, the second game of the Frisco’ ISD’s football quadrupleheader will be nationally televised to showcase the first-of-its kind indoor high school football stadium and the pageantry of Texas high school football.
With football practices starting practice starting this week before the season-openers in three weeks, Frisco ISD athletic director David Kuykendall said the games already are sold out.
Four games, with all eight Frisco ISD high schools, will be played in a morning and afternoon sessions of doubleheaders. The first game will be played at 9 a.m. CT on Aug. 27 (Saturday) between Independence and Reedy. The second game between Lone Star and Heritage will be at 12:30 with a national, live broadcast by ESPN. The second session has Wakeland and Liberty at 5:30 and the school district’s two oldest schools, Frisco and Centennial, in the finale.
The Ford Center at the Star includes a large video board outside the indoor facility. Ford, which has been a longtime Cowboys sponsor, bought the naming rights for the indoor stadium.
The Cowboys’ facility is considered a groundbreaking agreement with public and private funds with the Frisco ISD and the Cowboys’ new headquarters moving from Irving. The Cowboys will use the indoor and outdoor practice fields and the Frisco ISD will also use the stadium for multiple events and regularly scheduled high school activities.
Covering 91 acres just west of the North Dallas Tollway is 26 miles rom downtown Dallas. More than a $1 billion development that centers around the Cowboys’ home and training center, the retail development is surrounded by shopping, hotels, restaurants and a fitness club. With an initiation fee of Cowboys Club at $4,000 with $350 a month dues, the facility already has a waiting list after more than 800 memberships have been sold.
Aug. 27 at The Ford Center at the Star
Independence vs. Reedy High, 9 a.m.
Lone Star vs. Heritage, 12:30 p.m.
Wakeland vs. Liberty, 5:30 p.m.
Centennial vs. Frisco, 8:30 p.m.