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Ford Center at The Star includes salute to high school football

The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco will serve many roles. High school football will be one of them.

On Friday, high school football took center stage during a news conference and media tour at the 12,000-seat indoor stadium, which is part of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility and headquarters.

With the football team from Frisco Lone Star High School practicing in the background, dignitaries such as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Frisco Independent School District Superintendent Jeremy Lyon and others praised the facility and talked about the impact it will have on the community. The Ford Center is part of a partnership among the Cowboys, city of Frisco and Frisco ISD.

“How appropriate for us to be in this stadium and have that high school football team practicing, the very first time any player of any age has put a cleat on the field for this great venue,” Jones said. “It’s so appropriate. It says it all.”

The tour included visits to the press box, locker rooms, field and concourse areas. The 1,824-square-foot indoor video board is an instant attention-getter.

The center will also have a 2,270-square-foot exterior video board that is being billed as the largest in high school sports.

The main entrance has a tribute board to players such as Dez Bryant, Emmitt Smith, Harvey Martin and others, along with the helmets of all the FISD teams, plus a statistics board.

“This is an incredible moment, an incredible day,” Lyon said.

All eight high schools in Frisco ISD will play in a quadruple-header on Aug. 27. The second game, between Lone Star and Frisco Heritage, will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU at12:30 p.m.

The games are sold out.

“It’s a tough ticket to get,” Lyon said.

David Humphrey, 817-390-7162

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