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The Comerica Center is a multi-purpose arena located in Frisco, Texas, at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Gaylord Ave. It is the home of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, as well as the executive offices and practice facility of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars. It previously served as the home of the Texas Tornado team of the North American Hockey League; the NAHL maintains its headquarters at the arena.

Comerica Center
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Former namesDeja Blue Arena (2003–2009)
Dr Pepper Arena (2009–2019)
Address2601 Avenue of the Stars
LocationFrisco, Texas
OwnerCity of Frisco
OperatorDallas Stars
CapacityIce hockey: 3,500
Basketball: 4,000–4,500
Concerts: 7,000 (standing room only)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Opened2003
Renovated2008–2009
Construction cost$ 27 million USD
ArchitectBalfour Beatty/HKS, Inc.
Tenants
Texas Tornado (NAHL) (2003–2008, 2009–2013)
Dallas Stars Practice Facility (NHL) (2003–2008, 2009–present)
Frisco Thunder (IntenseFL) (2007–2008)
Texas Legends (NBA G League) (2010–present)
Dallas Desire (LFL) (2016)
Texas Revolution (CIF) (2018)
World Olympic Gymnastics Academy

The arena is also used for concerts and other live entertainment events. It seats between 5,000 and 7,000 people and has a 2,100-vehicle parking garage.[1]

The arena's south parking lot has served as the Metroplex venue for some of Cirque du Soleil's Grand Chapiteau shows, while the arena itself has served as a Metroplex venue for its arena shows.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group held the naming rights to the arena from its opening until 2019, but the arena was originally known as the Deja Blue Arena prior to renovations. When renovations were complete in the fall of 2009, its name was changed to Dr Pepper Arena. Comerica Bank was named the new naming rights on January 18, 2019.

The Comerica Center was the former home of the Frisco Thunder team of the Intense Football League. A Lone Star Football League team to be called the Frisco Falcons was announced for a spring 2012 start but collapsed before the season began.

The World Olympic Gymnastics Academy hosts the annual WOGN Classic meet at the arena, which has competitions from levels 1-10 as well as an International elite competition.

The arena hosted the 2012 Robertson Cup Tournament to decide the champion of the NAHL, with the Texas Tornado ultimately winning the championship. It is the second time the venue has hosted the event. It also hosted the 2013 Robertson Cup with the Amarillo Bulls winning the championship.

The Texas Revolution of Champions Indoor Football[2] used the arena for its home games for the 2018 season.

On March 23–26, 2016, the Comerica Center hosted the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Elite Eight, which was won by Augustana University of South Dakota.

On January 18, 2019, the Dallas Stars announced the new naming rights to the arena for their practice facility, executive offices, and 6,000 seat arena. The rights were bought out by Comerica Bank and now is called the Comerica Center.

The facility consists of the arena and a practice rink, which the Dallas Stars use for their practices.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cohn, Justin A. (December 10, 2017). "Ants staying? Coliseum optimistic | Mad Ants | The Journal Gazette". JournalGazette.net. Retrieved December 10, 2017. Most G League teams play in arenas smaller than the Coliseum with the smallest attendance average this season being the South Bay Lakers' 614 at the Los Angeles Lakes' practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center, and the largest being the Texas Legends' 5,628 at Comerica Center.
  2. ^ Irvine, Cameron (August 28, 2017). "Texas Revolution to Celebrate Pro Sports in Frisco, Announce Move to Dr Pepper Arena Wednesday, Aug. 30". Texas Revolution. Retrieved December 10, 2017.

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