New renderings show future Cowboys site, multiuse stadium in Frisco


FRISCO — Renderings released Tuesday offer the first glimpse of what the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters and multiuse event center in Frisco will look like.

The city is moving forward on the publicly funded portion of the project. That includes a 12,000-seat stadium, an outdoor plaza spanning nearly 2 acres, a six-story team headquarters building and two private practice fields. A 1,500-space parking garage will be constructed below the headquarters.

The site plan for the northwest corner of Warren and Dallas parkways will be on the May 27 agenda for the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The remainder of the 91-acre site will be privately developed with retail, restaurants, offices and possibly a hotel.

Among the details discussed at Tuesday’s Frisco City Council work session: One area will hold 30-plus school buses to accommodate Frisco ISD events. Behind the stadium is space for up to six 18-wheelers to load and unload equipment. The stadium will have a green room for VIPs, two 100-person locker rooms that can be converted into four 50-person locker rooms and a locker room/shower area for referees or others.

“We have lots of space to be able to handle lots of uses,” Frisco Assistant City Manager Ron Patterson told the council. He is part of the team of architects, builders, developers, school officials and the Dallas Cowboys working to get the project completed for the 2016 football season.

One of the unique features: the 25-foot fire lane required near the stadium will be covered in green turf that’s been tested and approved by the Fire Department.

The stadium will be about 18 feet below ground with a split-level bowl that allows people entering the stadium at ground level to go up or down to the various seating areas.

The Cowboys’ two outdoor practice fields will also be below ground level with screening to ensure privacy. No public viewing is allowed.

The dirt removed from the below-ground areas will be spread around the remainder of the site, eliminating the need to truck in extra fill dirt. That will save about $10 million, Patterson said.

Contracts are starting to go out for bid. Price and schedule are the key factors, Patterson said. Officials hope to break ground on the site this summer.