The plan for the Dallas Cowboys’ future home shows the location of the outdoor practice fields and indoor stadium on the property at Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway. Also included are the team’s headquarters and an outdoor plaza area.
The plan also shows a possible layout for multiple office buildings and a luxury hotel along the tollway with a potential mix of multilevel parking garages, retail and restaurants. Those buildings are all still tentative.
“This starts the formal process of laying out where roadways as well as the Frisco multi-use events center and the Cowboys organization’s headquarters will be oriented on the 91-acre property,” Frisco officials said in a statement Monday.
The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the preliminary site plan and a conveyance plat at its Tuesday meeting. The submissions are an initial step in any land development project and do not require extra review by the City Council, officials say. The two measures are part of the commission’s consent agenda, which consists of routine items approved with a single vote.
A grading plan for the site is still in the works. Until that is complete, it’s unclear whether some of the structures, such as parking, will be built below ground.
Also still to decide is whether the stadium will be mostly above ground or in a bowl design with the top at street level, such as Toyota Stadium.
The Cowboys project is a joint venture with the city of Frisco, Frisco ISD and the three companies affiliated with team owner Jerry Jones and his three children: Blue Star Frisco, Blue Star Stadium and Blue Star HQ.
Under the agreement reached in August, the city and school district will provide $115 million for the stadium, practice fields and team headquarters. The Blue Star companies will pay for any costs above that for the development of the 25 acres on which those facilities sit. They also will bear the cost for maintaining and operating the sports complex, which is estimated at $1.5 million a year.
The fields will be used not only for practice by the Cowboys but also for high school football games and other events, such as band competitions, pin ceremonies and soccer matches. The city will also be able to use the stadium for special events.
“This development boosts Frisco’s growing reputation as a sustainable, destination city all the while improving upon our residents’ quality of life,” Mayor Maher Maso said in a statement.
The remaining 66 acres will be available for purchase by Blue Star Frisco for future development.
An economic impact analysis projects more than 4,500 jobs will be added by 2026 once the 91-acre site is fully developed.
The architectural firm M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates Inc. has been chosen to design the stadium facility and practice fields as well as the headquarters. They are set to be completed in 2016.
The preliminary plan lists the three new roadways, Varsity Drive, Cowboys Parkway and Gridiron Road. Gaylord Parkway and Internet Boulevard, which now end at Warren Parkway, will be extended north into the property, according to the plan.
The tentative plan also lists an eight-story building, including parking, for the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters. The building’s uses are listed as office, retail, a dance area, a medical office and private club.
The stadium is listed as four stories tall. According to the master agreement for the project, it must seat at least 12,000 people. It will also include either a ring of suites or a club seating area.
“Each step brings this project closer to fruition, and we cannot wait until we are able to see our students taking advantage of this world-class facility,” Superintendent Jeremy Lyon said in a statement. “The opportunities created by this public-private partnership will be significant.”
by Valerie Wigglesworth
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