The city of Dallas has been looking for someone to manage and operate the still-under constructed soccer complex in Northwest Dallas. According to the Dallas Morning News, the city has picked out someone to manage the Elm Fork facility and it is FC Dallas.
The complex is set to open in early 2014, and could even be used as a site for the 2014 Dallas Cup. (I don't want to get anyone's hopes up about that, that kind of news is still a long way off.)
On Thursday the Dallas Park Board will discuss a contract that gives newly established FCD Management, LLC, control of the 138-acre, $31.4-million expanse of soccer fields on top of old landfill near Walnut Hill Lane and Stemmons Freeway. Under terms of the deal, the city will pay the subsidiary of Hunt Sports Group $818,008 a year for the next five years, with two more five-year renewable options.
The city and FCD will split the annual revenue from the complex, with the city taking in about 75 percent of the revenue after expenses. FC Dallas will also be able to sell the naming rights and cut sponsorship deals; the club will keep about 20 percent of that revenue.
No comment from the club on this deal yet but overall it sounds like a pretty interesting deal for the club to manage another large facility in town. Something that will be useful as the academy system continues to grow in Dallas.
Elm Fork Athletic Complex and Master Plan (via freeseandnicholsinc1)