They say everything is bigger in Texas and sports are no exception. From major to minor league, Dallas is a huge sporting hub. Not only is the city home to a number of professional teams and college sports programs, many other annual sporting events for teams outside of Texas are also hosted in Dallas. Plus, Texas pride and loyalty makes for an unparalleled fan culture.
Dallas is home to one of the biggest franchises in football, The Dallas Cowboys. Whether you love them or hate them, the Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable team and have been for six years, according to Forbes. But the Cowboys also provide for the city in ways that most are not aware of. From the team’s work with women’s health to its youth programs, the team offers Dallas residents much more than football with their strong and powerful community outreach efforts.
Toyota Stadium, just north of downtown Dallas in Frisco, is home to the major league soccer team, FC Dallas, and Frisco’s Independent School District’s high school football games. The stadium also hosts the NCAA Division I Football Championship, an annual postseason college football game that serves as the final match between the top teams. Frisco has hosted this game since 2010 and will continue to do so until at least 2024.
Men’s basketball in Dallas is primarily dominated by The Dallas Mavericks. The NBA team has won three division titles, two conference championships, and took home the coveted NBA championship trophy in 2011. The Mavs play their home games at the American Airlines Center which they share with the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars.
The Dallas Stars have a loyal fan base in Dallas and north Texas and the Dallas Stars Foundation is a generous contributor to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Darling Homes is proud to be a presenting partner for the team’s Open Ice video series, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the team.
Darling Homes is also a sponsor of the Allen Americans, two-time winners of the Ray Miron President’s Cup in the CHL. Since moving to the ECHL, the Amerians have won the Kelly Cup twice.
Arlington is home to the Major League Baseball team, The Texas Rangers. Not to be confused with the famous law enforcement agency of the same name, The Texas Rangers have been based in Arlington since 1972 and represented the American League in both the 2010 and 2011 World Series. In 2020, the team will make the move from Arlington Stadium to the brand-new baseball park known as Globe Life Park, located just next door.
Arlington is also home to the Dallas Wings, a Women’s National Basketball Association team. The team is new to the area as they moved from Oklahoma to Texas in 2016. The Dallas Wings play at the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, also home to the UT Arlington Maverick’s basketball and volleyball teams.