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Dallas has reached an agreement with the women’s professional soccer team

On Wednesday, Dallas City Council members unanimously approved an agreement that would make the Cotton Bowl home to a new professional women’s soccer team.

“This is another exciting day,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “I think this demonstrates our commitment to sports as a form of economic development and as an engine for economic growth. I think people need to hear that again. Sports is an industry. Entertainment is an industry, and we dominate there too.”

The agreement provides an annual subsidy of $296,000 for two years to Fair Park operator Oak View Group, as The Dallas Express Previously reported.

“We are recommending this grant to you today because our job … is really just for tourism and hospitality and to work to complete the pillars, the goals and the vision for the (Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) master plan,” said Rosa Fleming , director of convention and events services in Dallas.

Jim Neil and his family own the new Dallas team that is a member of the USL Super League. The others are in Brooklyn, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Lexington, KY; Spokane, Washington; Tampa Bay, Florida; and Washington, D.C. In 2025 others in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, FL; Madison, Wis.; Oakland, California; Palm Beach, Florida; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Tucson, Arizona, are expected to join.

“It’s an honor to be here,” said Neil. “The staff and people have so embraced this project, and it was truly remarkable to see how you all embraced this team and this new project. My family and I are very excited about the prospects we have.”

The USL Super League starts its season in August.

“It’s a brand new women’s football competition,” said Neil. “It is important that it is a First Division football competition. That means it is at the highest level in the ranks of professional football around the world. It’s very different from other football leagues…in the United States. (It) reflects the international schedule, which is interesting and important because it allows us to exchange players with international teams.”

The league plays on an autumn-summer calendar, “allowing players to represent both club and country and allowing clubs to actively participate in the emerging global women’s transfer market,” according to the league’s website.

“Built for the future of women’s soccer, the USL Super League is committed to US Soccer’s Division One standards, reflecting its collective vision to be a global leader in women’s soccer both on and off the field, and at the same time providing more opportunities to more women in more communities. ”

Zarin D. Gracey (District 3) is chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Sports Recruitment and Retention. He praised the board’s efforts to bring the new team to Dallas.

“I’m super excited that over the course of about a few weeks we’ve been able to make huge leaps … in women’s professional sports,” he said. “This isn’t just about sports. It’s about that economic impact.”

Omar Narvaez (District 6) is one of the seven members of the committee. He called Dallas “the epicenter of women’s professional sports.”

“As (Johnson) alluded to earlier, we had a historic vote two weeks ago,” he said. “We already support women’s sports here in the city of Dallas. A lot of people don’t think of cheerleading as a sport, but it is a sport. It’s unbelievable.”

The “historic vote” took place on April 24, when council members unanimously voted to approve a 15-year lease that would allow the Dallas Wings to play their home games at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, beginning in 2026 after the moving from Arlington. , The Dallas Express reported.

“I want to start by saying … the future is so bright in sunny South Dallas,” Adam Bazaldua (District 7) said of the USL Super League team that made Dallas his home. “That’s because of the momentum we have here. I also can’t ignore the fact that this deal was made by a bunch of strong women,” he said, referring to the Dallas city manager and executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission.

Chad West (District 1) said the new team “means so much to football fans, but especially to little girls like my daughter and all the little girls in Oak Cliff who play football,” calling it “so impressive.”

With the two-year agreement with Oak View Group, the council approved $46,371,170.30 in taxpayer funding on Wednesday. Other expenses include:

  • $34,224,209 for a 10-year service contract with Itineris NA for a citywide integrated customer information and billing software system for the Water Services Department.
  • $6,457,288 for a five-year service fee agreement with Schneider Electric Building Americas for maintenance and repair of security and access control systems for use throughout the city.
  • $872,650 in grant funding from the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority to offer a specialized theft program from September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024.
  • $864,198 to increase a construction services contract with BAR Constructors for additional work associated with residual treatment improvements at the East Side Water Treatment Plant.
  • $862,632 for a professional engineering services contract with Criado & Associates for preliminary engineering, environmental assessment, and final engineering and design services for transportation and pedestrian improvements along Preston Road from West Northwest Highway to Walnut Hill Lane and Douglas Avenue from Colgate Avenue to Northwest Highway, including crosswalk and accessibility improvements at the Sherry Lane and Douglas Avenue intersection and the Berkshire Lane and Douglas Avenue intersection.
  • $608,436 for a three-year service award agreement with two one-year renewal options with Morris and McDaniel for the development and administration of promotional public safety written exams for the civil service.
  • $429,000 for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grant construction services contract with Brown & Root Industrial Services for the gym renovation project at the Kleberg Recreation Center.
  • $412,280 to increase a construction services contract with Douglas Dailey Construction for the emergency replacement of a sanitary sewer line at 10750 Maylee Blvd.
  • $359,110 to purchase equipment and supplies from Farrwest Environmental Supply for Dallas Fire-Rescue.
  • $294,266 for a professional engineering services contract with RS&H for a traffic corridor study along Cesar Chavez Boulevard from US 75 to Interstate 30.
  • $248,865 to purchase a bicycle path sweeper for the Department of Public Works.
  • $240,000 for a 12-month subrecipient agreement with Law Offices of Craig D. Harvey for legal services to Dallas residential tenants at risk of eviction or homelessness due to financial hardship due to COVID-19, before June 1, 2024 until May 31, 2025.
  • $150,000 for an additional agreement with North Texas Health Services for emergency and tenant-based rental assistance for people with HIV/AIDS.
  • $147,967 for a one-year cooperative agreement with Lavi Industries to purchase and install crowd control stanchions, belts and acrylic walls for the Department of Aviation.
  • $137,032 to purchase a drainage easement and temporary workspace easement from Wycliff Investments for approximately 1,875 square feet of land on Knight Street near Sylvester Street for the Throckmorton-Reagan drainage improvement project.
  • $63,237 in grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the Click It or Ticket program.