The April CSI Dallas Chapter meeting was held along with the South Central Region Welcome Reception. It was great turnout with over 100 in attendance. It was held at Toyota Stadium home of the FC Dallas the local professional soccer team.
The focus of the event was the National Soccer Hall of Fame Experience that is under construction as an addition to the stadium. It will be home to the collection of soccer artifacts that have been collected over the past 100+ years. It will also include interactive exhibits using the latest in technology. The project is a joint venture with the city of Frisco, TX and the Frisco Independent School District. The complex will be able to host high school and college soccer and football games. The opening weekend is scheduled for October 18th and will include a concert by the Imagine Dragons in the amphitheater that is also part of the complex.
The meeting started with overview of the HoF construction. From a suite at the stadium reception attendees were able to get a birds-eye view of the construction, The group was joined by Emily Cambron of HKS Architects and Stephanie Long the project manager for Manhattan Construction. The provided insights into the project explaining the design and the details of the ongoing construction.
Following dinner Emily and Stephanie were joined by Djorn Buchholz, the Executive Director of the HoF, John Wagner, VP of Operations for Hunt Sports the facility operator and Greg Whittemore, Principal at HKS Architects. Together the present the history of the stadium, goals for HoF and a bottom up view of the design.
In attendance were several special guests. Mark Dorsey and Ellen Crews from the Institute. Mike Arbour. President of AIA Dallas, Meloni McDaniel, CEO and President of TEXO Association and Cathy Bolt, Professional Development Manager for AIA Dallas.