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Shaded Seats at Toyota Stadium

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Toyota Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in Frisco, Texas. It’s the home pitch for FC Dallas as well as the home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. North Texas is infamous for its hot and humid summers, making sun exposure a critical consideration for soccer fans. Supporters of FC Dallas can use this guide along with the stadium seating chart to pinpoint the best shaded seats at Toyota Stadium.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Toyota Stadium?

Typically, shaded seats at Toyota Stadium are situated:

  • Under the canopy behind the south goal line
  • Along the west sideline

Conversely, sunny seats are predominantly found:

  • Along the east sideline

Matches at Toyota Stadium usually kick off in the late afternoon or evening, though some start early in the day. For most of the year, and in particular during summer, the Texas sun is intense, even during evening matches.

Toyota Stadium Orientation to the Sun

The stadium’s slightly off-axis north-to-south orientation means the sun is almost directly above the south goal line in the 1:00 PM hour. Over the course of the afternoon the sun dips down behind the structure on the west side of the stadium. It eventually sets near the north goal line.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon Toyota Stadium Matches

Toyota Stadium, with its unique U-shaped design and a permanent concert stage on the north end, has undergone significant changes since its inception. Originally, the seats behind the south goal line were bleacher-style and exposed to the sun. However, a 2018 renovation introduced upgraded seating and a wide canopy, increasing shaded seating options.

For 1:00 PM games, the best bet for shade is under the canopy behind the south goal line in sections 114-119 and 214-219. Seats closer to the pitch may be sunny, as they are slightly beyond the canopy’s reach, while those farther back offer more shade. By mid-afternoon, as the sun shifts westward, shaded seating becomes available on the west side, particularly in sections 101-111 and the club seating area.

The sunniest seats are on the east side, specifically in sections 122-132. These seats are completely exposed to the sun, lacking any roof or canopy for relief.

Afternoon shadows on the pitch and stands at Toyota Stadium

By mid-afternoon seats on the west sideline (opposite side of the pitch in this photo) are in the shade, while seats on the east sideline are sunny.
Credit: Toyota Stadium by Alrankin (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Toyota Stadium Matches

By early evening, the entire west side of the stadium and the south goal line will be shaded. The east side sections, however, remain sun-exposed and won’t receive shade until sunset. If you’re sensitive to sunlight, be cautious when choosing seats on the east side, particularly in sections 122-132, as you’ll face the sun for a part of the game until dusk.

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