OSU is a big player in the Big 12 Con-
ference, and the school draws plenty of
NCAA events as well as other regional
and national competitions “because of
the level of facilities,” Morrison said.
“Everything is newly renovated or go-
ing through the process.”
The city has welcomed the USTA Pro
Circuit Collegiate Series for the past two
years at the Michael and Anne Green-
wood Tennis Center, which opened in
2014 and was key in landing the NCAA
Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Championships in 2020.
The city will welcome the NCAA
Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf
Championships at Karsten Creek Golf
Club in May; the men’s regionals will
return in 2021 and the women’s regionals in 2022. The golf course also has
hosted the American Junior Golf Association PING Invitational since 2006.
Of OSU’s 51 NCAA team national
titles, 34 are in wrestling. OSU’s head
wrestling coach, John Smith, won two
Olympic gold medals in the sport.
Morrison said, “A lot of folks like to say
they’ve wrestled in Gallagher-Iba Arena,” OSU’s 13,611-seat facility.
Cross-country is another major
sport, and the 81st annual Oklahoma
State Cowboy Jamboree raced on OSU’s
course in September. OSU will welcome
an NCAA Division I Men’s and Wom-
en’s Cross Country regional in 2019 and
the championships in 2020.
OSU’s Cowgirl Soccer Complex is
undergoing a $20 million renovation
that will include a new 3,500-capacity
stadium when it’s complete in fall 2018.
The new indoor Gameday Sports
Complex has 17,500 square feet of synthetic turf, two bullpens and two hitting
lanes for youth and high school baseball.
Frisco, Texas, is about 30 miles north
of Dallas, and although “we are part of
a larger metropolitan area, we have our
own stuff going on up here—we’re not
just another suburb,” said Josh Dill, Visit Frisco’s director of sports and events.
Frisco was “built with sports being a
true pillar of our community,” he said.
“We’ve made conscious decisions to
make sure we’re making sports offer-
ings available up here.”
And that’s part of why Frisco is
home to five professional sports teams:
the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys train at the
new Ford Center at The Star; FC Dal-
las of MLS play at Toyota Stadium;
the Frisco RoughRiders are the Dou-
ble-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and
play at Dr Pepper Ballpark; the Dallas
Stars of the NHL practice at Dr Pep-
per StarCenter; and the Texas Legends,
the G League team to the NBA’s Dallas
Mavericks, play at Dr Pepper Arena.
The city also is strong in youth markets. The annual U.S. Youth Soccer
National Championships fill up the
17-field Toyota Soccer Center, which is
attached to FC Dallas’ 20,500-seat Toyota Stadium. The stadium also hosts
the annual NCAA Division I Football
Championship Series national championship. Toyota Stadium allowed the
city to attract the Frisco Bowl (formerly
the Miami Beach Bowl) for three years
starting this December.
The stadium’s south end is being renovated to add four new locker
rooms and the National Soccer Hall
of Fame, a project that should be complete in late 2018.
As for city-owned facilities, Warren
Sports Complex has 14 soccer fields, and
the 74-acre Northeast Community Park
opened this summer with eight multipurpose fields and a skate park. Its second phase calls for four more multipurpose fields along with courts for tennis,
basketball and sand volleyball.
Frisco is also home to one of the two
facilities of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), whose annual
meet is held in Frisco in February.
The 90,000-square-foot Frisco Con-
ference Center has a 41,000-square-foot
ballroom. Because the 10,316-seat Dr
Pepper Ballpark is across the street, “we P H O T
> (Far left) The Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center has allowed the city to host more
tennis tournaments; (center) Oklahoma State University is a focal point of the sports
community in Stillwater; (above) the Frisco RoughRiders play at Dr Pepper Ballpark.