Once again, Dan Hunt sat down for his weekly Facebook chat with FC Dallas fans on Thursday afternoon. Hunt answered well over a dozen questions in this week's edition of the chat, and topics ranged from the FC Dallas Academy, to this week's fashion shoot with the players in conjunction with Nieman Marcus, to potential improvements to FC Dallas Stadium and more.
FRISCO – FC Dallas has partnered with Paragon Sports Constructors to renovate multiple synthetic turf fields at FC Dallas Stadium Complex.
The FC Dallas Stadium Complex includes 17 tournament-grade fields adjacent to FC Dallas Stadium. Three of the fields are synthetic turf, while the remaining 14 are natural grass. Under the four-year agreement, PSC will remove the current synthetic turf surfacing, excavate the drainage system and re-construct the stone base before installing Desso iDNA synthetic turf.
“It was very important for us to partner with a local company for this project, and we chose PSC for their great reputation in the region,” said FC Dallas Vice President of Complex Management Tom Jones. “PSC can provide FC Dallas FIFA recommended synthetic turf for our soccer-specific fields and will stand behind their finished product.”
Work has already begun on Field 3, which will include branded logos of Paragon Sports Constructors. Paragon Sports Constructors is using the latest eco-friendly synthetic turf technology to extract the infill from the current surface and remove the existing turf. The field is expected to be completed in time for the Dallas Cup qualifier, the Bobby Rhine Invitational presented by MoneyGram later this month.
“We are excited about our new partnership with FC Dallas,” said William Chaffe, president of Paragon Sports Constructors. “They have world-class facilities and could have any sports contractor construct these fields. Yet, they chose Paragon Sports to become their exclusive synthetic turf construction partner.”
Opened in 2005, the FC Dallas Stadium and Complex is used approximately 350 days each year and averages more than 1.3 million visitors annually.
“These fields see a lot of traffic and need to be reliable, not only from a surface quality standpoint, but also from drainage and construction standpoints,” said Bret Allen, vice president of sales for Paragon Sports Constructors. “We are very excited that an organization as sophisticated as FC Dallas recognizes Paragon Sports as a provider of quality, turn-key services and products.”
About FC Dallas
A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. Led by 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and U.S. National Team star Brek Shea, FC Dallas claimed the 2010 Western Conference Championship and was among the league’s best in 2011, tying a franchise record for points in a season while competing in a record 48 games across three competitions. Renowned for its youth and academy systems, FC Dallas has signed seven Homegrown players to its professional team since 2009, including 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Richard Sanchez (started in goal for Mexico). There are currently more than 2,000 youth players in the FC Dallas development system, which operates year-round. The professional team plays from March to November at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre facility includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields.
About Paragon Sports Constructors
Paragon Sports Constructors is a turn-key contractor of natural and synthetic turf sports fields and running tracks based in Fort Worth, Texas. With over 30 years of sports construction experience they are one of the premier sports field and running track contractors in the South Central United States. Paragon Sports Constructors remains focused on quality construction practices, choosing to partner with top brand name manufacturers of synthetic turf and track surfacing to provide clients a consistently high-quality project from planning to first use. Paragon Sports Constructors is the exclusive dealer and installer for synthetic turf products from Desso Sports Systems in their market. Desso Sports Systems is a FIFA Preferred Producer of synthetic turf with over 30 years of sports surface manufacturing experience based out of Belgium. For more information on Paragon Sports please visit www.paragon-sports.com.
FRISCO – Pat Lobb Auto Group has signed on as the newest FC Dallas signature sponsor with a multi-year partnership, the club announced today.
“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with Pat Lobb Auto Group and welcome them in to the FC Dallas family”, said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. “We are excited to partner with a locally owned and operated company that demonstrates such a high standard of corporate responsibility not only to their customers but also to their community.”
One of the only president’s cabinet winning dealers in the United States based on superior customer service satisfaction, Pat Lobb’s Toyota dealership has long been recognized as one of the top retailers in North Texas. The auto group is currently building a new Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership in Frisco, which will open in March.
“We’re really excited to be a part of both Major League Soccer and FC Dallas,” said Pat Lobb. “They have done great things for soccer in North Texas, especially youth soccer with a highly successful, quality youth program.”
FC Dallas Stadium patrons will see at least a dozen vehicles among its growing presence on site at every event, courtesy of Pat Lobb. The auto group also will sponsor the annual King Tut Tournament each July.
Pat Lobb Auto Group is one of seven signature sponsors for FC Dallas. The elite group of partners includes Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Anheuser Busch, WinStar, Texas Health Resources, The Dallas Morning News Sports Day, VAZATA and FC Dallas’ new jersey partner AdvoCare.
Wednesday was a big day for FC Dallas with the unveiling of AdvoCare as the new jersey sponsor. Enjoy pictures from the press conference Wednesday morning.
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