MLS Cup will return to Pizza Hut Park
FRISCO, Texas -- Major League Soccer today announced that its championship game, MLS Cup 2006, will be held at the state-of-the-art Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, November 12 (live on ABC Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET). The announcement was made during a press conference at Pizza Hut Park featuring MLS commissioner Don Garber, FC Dallas investor/operator Lamar Hunt, Frisco Mayor Mike Simpson and FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock.
MLS Cup returns to Pizza Hut Park for the second consecutive year. In the 2005 championship, the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution, 1-0, in front of an overflow crowd of 21,193 at the new stadium. The 2005 championship game was the first of many world-class soccer events for Pizza Hut Park. The venue hosted the annual InterLiga Mexican professional club tournament in early January and will later host two major international matches. The United States plays Guatemala on Feb. 19 and Mexico takes on Ghana on March 1 at Pizza Hut Park.
"Pizza Hut Park is clearly becoming a major destination for marquee soccer events in the United States, and we're pleased to host MLS Cup 2006 at one of America's great soccer facilities," said MLS commissioner Don Garber. "The tremendous support by the entire soccer community in North Texas for MLS Cup 2005 makes Pizza Hut Park -- one of the premier soccer complexes in the world -- the perfect choice."
Pizza Hut Park opened on August 6, 2005. Combining a world-class stadium with an extensive sports park, Pizza Hut Park is one of the most unique soccer facilities in the world. The complex includes the 20,500-seat stadium, and 17 championship-quality soccer fields located just north of the stadium. The 145-acre site is used more than 300 days a year, hosting MLS matches, U.S. men's and women's national team soccer matches, major concerts, international soccer matches and high school sports.
"Speaking for the Hunt Sports Group and FC Dallas, we are most appreciative that Major League Soccer has chosen Frisco and Pizza Hut Park as the location for the 11th MLS Cup," FC Dallas investor/operator Lamar Hunt said. "The 2005 event was an unqualified success with exceptional weather and a standing-room only crowd for the Los Angeles Galaxy -- New England Revolution game. The entire Hunt family is very proud to once again help bring this national professional championship event to the Metroplex."