Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center and Baylor Health Care System announce landmark partnership

Dallas, Texas - Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center President and General Manager Greg Elliott announced today that Baylor Health Care System has become a Signature Partner of the Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center.

This will be the first relationship of its kind in all of soccer as Baylor Health Care will build a 6,000 square foot rehabilitation center that will be seamlessly integrated into the Northwest corner of the stadium.

Baylor Health Care System will become the exclusive hospital and healthcare partner of the facility, as well as FC Dallas of Major League Soccer and the North Texas State Soccer Association, for a 13-year period, beginning in 2005. Baylor Health Care System also will be the title sponsor of the East Gate entrance to the stadium, and will provide a mini triage center at the adjacent soccer park for major events. Additionally, they will receive integrated branding throughout the facility, and will work with the North Texas State Soccer Association to provide physicals and other services for their members.

The Baylor Outpatient Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic at Frisco will be part of Baylor Rehabilitation System (BRS), a comprehensive continuum of inpatient, outpatient and community-based rehabilitation programs throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Dallas-based Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation is the flagship hospital and hub of BRS, providing specialized programs for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and orthopedic and neurological impairments. The Frisco location will be the 10th outpatient rehabilitation facility in North Texas.

The on-site, outpatient rehabilitation center will provide aquatic and sports medicine equipment and programming for athletic testing, performance enhancement and injury treatment. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, physical medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons will provide care to patients. In addition to sports-related injuries, the clinic also will treat persons with a variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center is 117 acres of everything soccer in North Texas. For more information regarding FC Dallas go to or call Mark Janko at (214) 777-0203. For information about Baylor Health Care System's rehabilitation and sports medicine services, please call Susan Hall at (214) 820-1817.


Greg Elliot, President and General Manger of Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center and FC Dallas: "We believe this is an extraordinary relationship that will benefit Baylor Health Care System, FC Dallas, the millions of youth and adults who will participate at the soccer park, North Texas State Soccer Association members, and the Frisco and Collin County community," said Elliott. "Having an association with the leader in healthcare in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, coupled with a world-class, on-site rehabilitation center, further strengthens our mission to become one of the most unique facilities in the world."

Luci Neumann, President of Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation: "This venture brings the Baylor name and quality to a new community," said Neumann. "We're very pleased to be part of the Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center, and recognize the wonderful opportunity to provide rehabilitation services not only to the citizens of Frisco, but to all of North Texas. With everyone's hard work and dedication, this site and its services soon will be a reality for the Frisco community."

John Alper, Vice President of Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center: "This new facility will now be the permanent home for our MLS team, the facility management team, North Texas State Soccer Association, United States Youth Soccer Association, and now Baylor Health Care System," said Alper. "Our vision to create a facility that is unlike any other, including programming content and on-site partners, is becoming a reality."

John Sutter, President of the North Texas State Soccer Association: "North Texas Soccer welcomes the addition of Baylor Health Care System as a partner and anticipate a dramatic increase in the ability of our players to achieve their maximum potential," said Sutter. "Our new association with the Baylor Health Care System will provide our members with the means to address their physical abilities as well as educating them in the latest methods for the identification and prevention of participation related injuries."

Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center (FSEC) will be the new home for FC Dallas, who will have changed their name from the Dallas Burn upon the completion of the 2004 season. FC Dallas will play their home schedule at the new stadium starting in the spring of 2005. It will be located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas North Tollway in Frisco. FSEC is made possible by an innovative public private partnership between the Hunt Sports Group, the City of Frisco and its Economic and Community Development Corporations, as well as Collin County and the Frisco Independent School District. It will be a 117-acre facility which will feature a 21,193 seat soccer stadium and will accommodate Major League Soccer matches, major concerts, international soccer matches and High School football. Adjacent to the stadium will be 17 regulation size, tournament-grade soccer fields which will be utilized on a year-round basis.

Baylor Health Care System exists to serve all people through exemplary health care, education, research and community service. A not-for-profit health care provider based in North Texas, Baylor is a growing network of hospitals, primary care physician center and practices, rehabilitation clinics, senior health center, affiliated ambulatory surgery centers and the Baylor Research Institute.

North Texas Soccer is the largest joint youth and adult soccer association in the United States, representing 145,000 youth players, 24,000 adult players, 40,000 indoor players, 25,000 coaches, 6,600 referees, and over 1,300 administrators. Including member spouses and parents, the North Texas Soccer family is estimated to be at least 500,000 strong.

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