Frisco ISD students, parents and community members descended on the Ford Center by the thousands Saturday for the first-ever football games at the multi-use events center, publicly owned by the City of Frisco and shared with the Dallas Cowboys.
“Now this is a high school football stadium,” said one man as he stepped inside.
“Look at this, how cool,” said a mom as she reached for her phone to take a photo.
It was a scene many longtime Frisco residents say they could have never imagined.
“I don’t think it can get any better than this,” said Martha Dimas, who was born and raised in Frisco and graduated with the Frisco High School Class of 1981. “This is just amazing to see.”
Charlie Mooneyham, namesake of FISD’s Mooneyham Elementary and former principal of Frisco Middle School, called the partnership between the school district, City and Cowboys a win-win.
"What a great deal for kids," he said as he arrived with family and made his way to a seat.
The grand opening featured four match-ups between all eight Frisco ISD varsity football teams, as well as performances by marching bands, drill teams and cheerleaders.
During each game, bands and drill teams from opposing schools appeared on the field side-by-side.
“It was exciting to see him on the field as a freshman,” said Independence High School parent Lisa Pavle, whose son plays the trombone in the marching band. “I hope the kids realize what a privilege it is to be able to play in a facility like this.”
Fans cheered on their teams from early in the morning until late at night. Read sports coverage of the games.
“It’s awesome. Look at this place,” said parent Linda Leser, whose son plays on the Lone Star High School football team. “It’s unbelievable that we have this stadium to play in. The greatest thing – we didn’t have to worry about the weather.”
Frisco ISD will host football and soccer games at the stadium, along with graduation and other special events and competitions. The facility will also provide students with a number of real-world learning opportunities in fields such as audio/video production, sports marketing and more.
“This is the culmination of a vision we had three years ago,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon, referring to the unique partnership between Frisco ISD, the City of Frisco and Dallas Cowboys. “This is about kids and providing them with extraordinary experiences."
Individual tickets to upcoming FISD football games at the Ford Center are available at tickets.friscoisd.org, with all ticket proceeds supporting FISD programs. Each team will play multiple games at the new stadium this season.