Frisco City Council has officially approved a new outdoor Commercial Amusement Facility to be named FRISCO MUSIC CITY. The nearly-7 acre site will be located on the northeast side of the Dallas North Tollway and McCandless Way.
Dallas-based firm Hodges Architecture, known for designing theaters and entertainment venues, created and presented preliminary plans on this unique style venue to the Planning and Zoning Commission in early May. Charles Hodges, Founder of Hodges Architecture explained,
This venue will cater to families as much as being utilized for business entertainment and will feel comfortable to anyone who steps inside. It’s important for us to ensure we can cater to any audience.”
A culmination of 3 years of planning, Frisco Music City has been described as nothing Frisco has ever seen – a destination spanning interests for every age group and demographic. Hodges commended the City staff for their cooperation on all aspects of the project.
What can we expect from the new entertainment venue?
- 1002 seated indoor theater and concert hall
- 25ft high Sound Screen and aesthetically pleasing containment wall with illuminated graphics
- Outside a 390-capacity outdoor seated area comprised of picnic tables for 250 people and an additional seating to host another 100 guests
- An outdoor stage with a solid shaded roof element
- Adequate parking for over 400 cars
- See through glass walls to promote a visual seamless connection between areas
- The facility will host concerts, movies, wine festivals and theater productions.
- The restaurant is described as having “two different personalities” and combined will have a seating capacity of 300.
- A more formal side will offer an upscale premium steak and protein menu.
- A secluded wine room connected by a walkway over the stage to the VIP area of the indoor concert and theater venue.
- The second section will be located close to the outdoor area offering a causal family menu.
Types of Events
The venue has been designed for all kinds of events including concerts, movies and wine festivals with flexible seating arrangements.
- Infinitely adaptable for film festivals to show 3 different movies simultaneously.
- Spacious enough to support wine and cheese festivals with an excellent space for vendor booths.
- 6 guest kitchens in the outdoor area to entertain an assortment of guest chefs.
- Runway Fashion Shows
- Live theatre, symphony or opera
- Award ceremonies
- Faith-based events
- Emerging songwriters
Think Food Truck on Steroids” feel, Hodges explained. “Only difference being that the test kitchens are permanent structures.”
How this venue will be different from the proposed Performing Arts Center…
The Planning and Zoning commission voted unanimously to approve the development and Chairman Robert Cox took a moment to point out the proposed venue is not a replacement for the proposed Performing Arts Center explaining,
There’s a different set of requirements for a music venue than for a performing arts center, I think we have a need for this in our city.
We all know the difference between fine arts and live entertainment. While there’s a desire for both, stakeholders acknowledge that a fine arts performance facility requires different accommodations for visual arts displays, etc.
Just as there are multiple venues for a variety of sports in Frisco, the symphony, ballet, theater, and visual arts should be housed in a dedicated fine arts space. We look forward to seeing that type of space come to life in Frisco, also, to enhance and build upon the Frisco Music City project,” said Tammy Meinershagen, Executive Director of Frisco Arts.
Frisco Music City will provide a new, unique venue to feature our local bands, musicians, and regional talent for the entire family to enjoy in a casual setting. The project is expected to break ground this year.