National Soccer Hall of Fame Opening in October 2018
The National Soccer Hall of Fame will be an experience that honors the past while fully incorporating modern technology of the present and future. Located in Toyota Stadium's south end zone, making it the first major league sports hall of fame to be located inside a stadium, it will feature personalized interactive exhibits, virtually reality, iconic soccer memorabilia and serve as the home for Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame will open October 20, 2018 with a event-filled weekend kicked off by the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony 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.
In addition to the enshrinement ceremony, the weekend will also include the 2018 Hall of Fame game featuring FC Dallas and an MLS opponent (to be announced at a later date) on Sunday, October 21, as well as a NASL 50th anniversary match and a concert. To learn more about the NASL match, please visit NASL50th.com.
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 project adds 3,355 seats to the south end zone, spelling out FC Dallas, and includes a glass-enclosed postgame press conference room, which will serve as a STEAM lab educational center on non-event days
“October 20th can’t come soon enough,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. “Not only will this be a technology-driven experience that honors the men and women who made U.S. soccer what it is today, the National Soccer Hall of Fame will also provide outstanding educational opportunities for students across Dallas/Fort Worth. The clubs and new seats are gamechangers that will offer unparalleled views for all guests who visit Toyota Stadium for games, concerts or any other special event.”
“We are excited to see all the progress that has been made on what will be a truly special soccer experience at the new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco,” said U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General Dan Flynn. “From the beginning, the Hunt Family has been a dedicated and passionate partner in building a first-rate Hall of Fame that ensures soccer fans will be able to celebrate the history of the beautiful game in the United States for generations to come. We are also grateful to the City of Frisco and the Frisco ISD for their help with this important project and couldn’t be happier with the results so far.”
To stay up to date on the construction and events of the National Soccer Hall of Fame visit the official website, NationalSoccerHOF.com.