FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys haven't even opened their new corporate headquarters at The Star, though they're already celebrating new developments.
Wednesday marked the "Topping Off Ceremony" of the Omni Frisco Hotel, currently being developed next door to The Ford Center at The Star and the Cowboys' new facility.
"When you get the opportunity to build a world-class facility like we're doing here with the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, you obviously attract world-class partners. That's why we're sitting here with Omni Hotels today," said Cowboys executive vice president Jerry Jones Jr. at the ceremony. "Each and every time we step up here, we've got something exciting to announce. There's a lot of synergy, there's a lot of energy. There's a lot of great things happening."
There is still work to do on the 16-story building, which will feature 300 rooms and is set to open in the summer of 2017. In a testament to the speed and efficiency of the construction process, though, the "Topping Off Ceremony" took place just nine months after ground was broken on the development.
"In addition to thanking the Jones family and Mayor Maso, I want to thank those who have made today's milestone possible – Manhattan Construction, Gensler and Wilson Associates," said hotel general manager Jeff Smith. "You have made immense progress in a very short period of time – and I look forward to opening the hotel next summer."
The hotel will serve as a perfect complement for the Ford Center, which is set to host football games for the Frisco Independent School District – among other attractions. It will also serve as a fitting destination for those that wish to visit the Cowboys' new home at The Star.
As Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones pointed out, the "Topping Off Ceremony" allows the Cowboys one step closer to delivering a one-of-a-kind experience for fans and visitors.
"When you build these buildings, we're proud of them, they're a wonderful accomplishment – but they're tools," he said. "They're tools to basically put what really counts, and that's the life's blood – which are the great fans and consumers that this is going to be involved with."