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FC Dallas unveils plans for National Soccer Hall of Fame

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Two years of construction will bring us some nifty new things at the stadium.

via FC Dallas communications

It may have not been rolled out quite like FC Dallas wanted but after months of discussions, rumors and talk the National Soccer Hall of Fame is officially coming to North Texas.

FC Dallas, along with U.S. Soccer, Frisco Independent School District and the City of Frisco, unveiled plans today for a $39 million Toyota Stadium project featuring more than 100,000 square feet of renovated space, new locker rooms, premium seats, a private club and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum.

Renovations will begin in early 2016 with a proposed completion date at the end of 2017. As Dan Hunt said, he expects a soft opening in December of 2017, with a full opening in 2018.

Photo via FC Dallas

Just like we've been discussing for a few weeks now, the south end of the stadium will get gutted out for this project. A couple thousand seats will be removed to make way for the new facility as well as a slew of stadium upgrades that include new video and sound system, new locker rooms and offices and team store.

Photo via FC Dallas

According to a press release, on the top level of the three-level renovation, the 24,000 square foot museum and event center will be home to U.S. Soccer hardware, including the Women's World Cup, Gold Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophies, as well as Olympic medals and memorabilia from the historic U.S. win over England in the 1950 World Cup, among other memorabilia and trophies. Toyota Stadium will also become the permanent site for the annual National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

One thing note mentioned a lot during the press conference or in any of the renderings is that there are plans to build a new skyway connecting the West side suites to the premium amenities on the South end will make navigating the stadium simple.

What do you all make of these renderings and plans?