On Nov. 16, 2023, the Dallas Stars and the city of Farmers Branch announced the construction of a new, 81,780 square-foot multi-purpose athletic facility adjacent to Children’s Health StarCenter.
“The new multi-sport facility will provide geographic benefits for sports teams based in the area and become a premier community sports hub,” said Dallas Stars President and CEO Brad Alberts in an official statement. “The demand for youth sports in North Texas continues to grow and we are excited to be a part of it through this new chapter in our partnership with Farmers Branch.”
The SarCenter in Farmers Branch is part of the Stars’ efforts to reach beyond their core ice-related customers into additional youth sports for athletes in North Texas. The center is expected to serve more than 50,000 unique youth athletes annually with the ability to configure up to eight basketball courts or up to 16 volleyball courts at one time.
This would be the second multi-sport facility opened by the Dallas Stars after the purchase of The MAC in October 2022, a square-foot, air-conditioned multi-sports activity center located in Lewisville. In addition to featuring no less than eight USA Volleyball regulation courts and four NBA regulation hardwood basketball courts, The MAC houses a full concession stand and food court area. It’s also the home of the U.S.A.’s most successful volleyball organization, Texas Advantage Volleyball.
"Farmers Branch and the Dallas Stars have a longstanding partnership that's provided a marvelous ice hockey facility for the Stars, amateurs, youth leagues and local families,” Farmers Branch Mayor Terry Lynne said. “It's been a fantastic win-win investment for the City and the Team. We want to grow that collaboration and provide another world-class athletic venue here in Farmers Branch, and the Stars are the ideal professional team to help us do it.”
The facility is scheduled to open in December 2024, adjacent to Children's Health StarCenter, located on the east side of Stemmons Freeway (IH 35) between Valley View Lane and LBJ Freeway (IH 635).