Pizza Hut Park is a soccer-specific stadium with a 21,193-seat capacity, built and owned by the city of Frisco, Texas. Its primary tenant is Major League Soccer (MLS) team FC Dallas, which relocated from the Cotton Bowl in central Dallas to the fast-growing suburb. The naming rights to the facility were acquired by the large pizza chain Pizza Hut whose corporate headquarters are in Addison, Texas (a northern Dallas suburb).

History
The stadium, which cost approximately $80 million, opened on August 6, 2005 with a match between FC Dallas and the MetroStars, which ended in a 2”“2 draw. When first designed, the stadium's original seating capacity was 20,500 in a U-shaped design with one end of the stadium having a permanent stage for hosting concerts. Like many of the soccer-specific stadiums being built around the country, it is expected that the stadium will make a significant amount of revenue by hosting mid-sized concerts, as well as various other sporting events, such as high-school football games. The stadium includes 18 luxury suites as well as a private 6,000-square-foot (560 m 2) stadium club. The stadium played host to the 2005 MLS Cup final, seeing the Los Angeles Galaxy defeat the New England Revolution 1”“0 in overtime for their second MLS Cup. It was also selected to host the 2006 MLS Cup, which ended 1”“1 after extra time with the Houston Dynamo defeating the New England Revolution 4”“3 on penalty kicks. The complex also has an additional 17 regulation size, stadium-quality soccer fields (both grass and artificial turf) outside the main stadium. These fields are for practice by FC Dallas, matches for the FC Dallas reserve squad, and for hosting youth soccer tournaments. Youth tournaments that have made use of the complex include Dallas Cup, ODP National Championships, and the USYSA National Championships. Nicknames for Pizza Hut Park are PHP, the Hut, and The Oven, the latter referring to Texas' summer climate during afternoon games (and also because the field is well below ground level).
  • Starting in 2008, Pizza Hut Park became the new venue for Christian radio station 94.9FM KLTY's Celebrate Freedom (Presented By The Luis Palau Evangelical Association) which took place on June 27”“28, 2008.
  • On August 8, 2008, Pizza Hut Park played host to the heavy metal/ hard rock festival tour Ozzfest.
  • On December 12 and 14, 2008, Pizza Hut Park hosted the NCAA Men's College Cup. In the semifinals, North Carolina defeated Wake Forest and Maryland defeated St. John's .Maryland defeated North Carolina 1-0 in the NCAA division I championship on December 14, 2008.
  • On August 5, 2010, Pizza Hut Park played host to Inter Milan who won the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Final.
  • On February 26, 2010, it was announced that Pizza Hut Park in Frisco would become the new host of the NCAA Division I Football Championship, the title game of college football's Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), for the 2010 through 2012 seasons. The game had been played for the previous 13 seasons in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first matchup, hosted by the Southland Conference, was played on January 7, 2011. . This match-up paired the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens against the Eastern Washington University Eagles. Vice President (and former Delaware Senator) Joe Biden was in attendance as his alma mater surrended a 19-point lead late in the 3rd quarter en route to a 20-19 loss.


Dr. Pink Field
North of the main stadium is Dr. Pink Field, a mini-stadium named for a former Frisco ISD doctor. The stadium is used for high school football and soccer.

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