In 2009, Frisco held the title of being the most rapidly expanding city in the U.S., which is great for groups, since the infrastructure that supports meetings is demand-driven. The hotels, restaurants, and meeting venues in Frisco are no exception.
A clue to its expansion might be that it is one of only three places in Texas with an IKEA superstore and that it is also home to a host of corporate headquarters, including J.C. Penney, Pepsi and Dr Pepper.
Frisco originally got its start by being on the line of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway – thus, Frisco. Now the city is part of the booming northern suburbs of Dallas, 25 miles northeast of another transportation hub, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Sports venues in Frisco are plentiful: The Dr Pepper Ballpark is home to the minor-league Frisco RoughRiders baseball team; Pizza Hut Park is where Dallas' professional soccer team, F.C. Dallas, plays; and the Dr Pepper Arena is where the Dallas Stars NHL team practices. All have event space. Frisco also is the home of other sporting franchises not so high up the professional-earnings chart, while yet another sporting venue is the Superdrome, a cycling velodrome where U.S. Olympic hopefuls train. The Frisco Heritage Museum has 18,000 square feet of space for events, while the Texas Sculpture Garden, a private collection of art open to the public, displays the work of 41 Texan sculptors and arranges group tours for 15 persons or more.
The Frisco Conference Center is part of the 330-room Embassy Suites Frisco/Hotel, Convention Center & Spa, which has 92,000 square feet of meeting and event space that can host 3,500 persons. The hotels are excellent here, most notably the 301-room Westin Stonebriar, with a spa and a Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf course, and 119-room Sheraton Stonebriar, both of which share Stonebriar Commons, an area of restaurants, shops and the Stonebriar Country Club.
Stonebriar Commons also is a good center for finding dining venues in Frisco. Chaucer's Sushi & Grill mixes Medieval England with teriyaki Japan; its menu also includes some American favorites. Randy White's Hall of Fame BBQ is a one-off barbecue restaurant run by former Dallas Cowboys football player Randy White, while Rudy's, part of a large chain, consistently gets rave reviews. Happy diners get sticky fingers at both. The growing population here even includes Australians, notably at the fun Down Under Pub, with an Aussie-American menu, live bands, great beer and large-screen TVs.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons user: Rainchill
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Embassy Suites Dallas -Frisco/Hotel, Convention Center & Spa
7600 John Q. Hammons DriveFrisco, TXTotal Meeting Space Sq Ft - 90,000
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Approximate taxi fare: $44 USD
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