City of Frisco Supports Multi-Field Indoor and Outdoor Athletic Complex
Performance Indoor Training (P.I.T.+), Frisco’s new 56,000 square foot indoor soccer facility, is scheduled to break ground September 29th at 10:30 a.m. The soccer center and training facility at 7255 Meadow Hill Drive near Toyota Stadium is projected to open in the spring of 2015.
Performance Indoor Training will cater to families, sports leagues, professional and semi-professional teams, youth groups, community events, and more. The sports complex will offer elite soccer and performance training with three indoor FIFA® certified turf fields, two indoor futsal fields, one full size outdoor field, two outdoor sand soccer pits, one outdoor futsal field, and a state-of-the-art indoor training simulator.
Planning the sports complex has already united multiple community players into a team. A group of local soccer parents and investors coordinated Frisco Indoor Plex, LLC to create and organize the $6 million project. They approached the City of Frisco, which is contributing $200,000 toward infrastructure costs through a Chapter 280 economic incentive agreement.
“Frisco was named the ‘Best Place to Raise an Athlete’ by Men’s Journal, and development of Performance Indoor Training and quality sports venues like it help the city continue to live up to that accolade,” said James Gandy, president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC). “The FEDC helped facilitate this project with incentives for qualified infrastructure reimbursement because it will not only be used by residents, but also as a destination for visiting soccer players and other athletes training and playing tournaments in Frisco.”
The facility will have the first Soccer RTC training simulator in the United States. The robotic technology, which was first developed in Europe, made international headlines recently when professional players said it boosted their game. RTC, developed by GTex Inc. in Farmer’s Branch, is a ball-feeding arena that shoots nonstop from four directions to a single receiving athlete who plays an entire match of balls in minutes.
The player must quickly relay balls into lit target windows, and computers generate scores based on accuracy and timing. Sessions are recorded so players, coaches, and parents can immediately review performance. Players say the RTC provides fun, intense training that improves technique, peripheral awareness, and mental acuity.
DesignWorks, Inc. of Arlington is the project architect, Schmoldt Construction from Celina is the contractor, and Texas-based Carrihan Creative is managing marketing consulting and design. First National Bank Southwest is the project’s financing partner.
“First National Bank Southwest is thrilled to be the financing partner for the Performance Indoor Training soccer complex,” said Cliff Whisenhunt, First National president. “When the group approached the bank with their vision for a state of the art indoor complex in Frisco, we knew it was critical to the growing need for North Texas sports space. More families moving to the area have made Frisco a hotbed for athletics, especially soccer. We are pleased First National Bank Southwest can be part of this project.”
Party rooms, concessions, and easy online booking have the potential to make the complex the new go-to facility for fun group retreats and corporate events. Future development possibilities include retail space for league equipment, jerseys and uniforms, and party supplies. The facility has additional capacity for restaurants, a fitness room, entertainment development, and extra outdoor amenities.
“Frisco is one of the most dynamic communities for families because of access to great schools, parks, entertainment and a variety of sports,” said Brian Duncan of Frisco Indoor Plex. “When my wife and I had the opportunity to join other investors in bringing the idea of Performance Indoor Training to life, we thought it would be a great way for us to give back to Frisco by creating something meaningful and useful for the community. We live, work and play here and are excited about the facility and what it will offer children and athletes alike.”