The Star scores a championship game


Roy Nitzan

Moving the championship game from Las Vegas to The Star in Frisco, the Alliance of American Football acts as something like a minor league football system. The 10 team league is in inaugural season and will host its first championship April 27 in the Ford Center at The Star.

Home to Frisco ISD football, The Star is going to be the host of the new Alliance of American Football championship game on April 27.

Maddie Owens
The logo of the Dallas Cowboys adorns the 50-yard line of the Ford Center at the Star. The indoor practice facility of the Cowboys, the Ford Center also hosts Frisco ISD football games in the fall. The Star opened in 2016.

“The Alliance has built a foundation of high-quality football, revolutionary technology and world-class partnerships with the NFL, CBS and Turner Sports,” Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an AAF news release. “It was only natural that we at the Cowboys organization would want to join that great group of partners. I have always believed that our great game of football could use a league to give players the shot they needed to make it to the NFL, and Bill Polian, Tom Dundon and Charlie Ebersol, have done just that. We are proud to be able to host their inaugural Championship Game.”

In its first season, the AAF features 10 teams playing a 10 game schedule. April’s championship game was originally scheduled to be played in Las Vegas, but on Wednesday, the move to Frisco was announced.

“To be able to showcase our brand of top-flight football on NFL Draft weekend in the state-of-the-art football facility built by Jerry is a Texas-sized win for our league,” AAF co-founder Bill Polian said the AAF news release. “Texas has played a huge support role in the launch of The Alliance. Our San Antonio Commanders average nearly 30,000 in attendance for home games, and we are sure football fans in Dallas/Fort Worth will support our Championship.”

Perry Mellone
The AAF championship game on April 27 will be the first football game at the Ford Center at The Star since the high school season ended in December. The AAF game will be the first professional football game held at the 12,000 seat stadium.

The AAF’s decision to move their championship game to The Star is just one more entry in the facility’s growing resume of big events.

The Star has hosted several really cool events sporting wise,” assistant football coach Kenneth Schiumo said. “Obviously you have Cowboys Training Camp that’s been there. You have the Texas Tech spring game that’s been there, you have boxing matches, you have the lacrosse team, you just had the American conference tournament for NCAA basketball. It’ll be a tourist event which will help our economy tremendously here in Frisco. So this is just another great addition to The Star and what we have in Frisco. It’s truly a privilege to live here and I think that students can say the same as well. I know that a lot of people will be attending that game.”