The Dallas Stars announced today that the club will commence training camp for the 2013-14 season at the Fort Worth Convention Center from Sept. 11-14. The announcement was made at a special event at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
"Our organization is committed to growing the game of hockey across the State of Texas, and partnering with Fort Worth is a first step in this endeavor," Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites said. "I am excited that we will have the opportunity to showcase our team to the residents of Fort Worth and surrounding cities. As the only professional sports team to hold an open training camp in North Texas, this will be a unique opportunity for the people of Fort Worth to experience first-hand our organization's commitment to our community."
The training camp, which will feature team practices that are free and open to the public on Thursday and Friday, will end with the intra-squad scrimmage at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 14. Other fan and community events are scheduled to take place during the week of training camp and will be officially announced at a later date.
"We've got a lot of excited Dallas Stars fans who are going to have a great time watching training camp in Fort Worth," Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said. "It'll be a lot of fun to have the Stars staying at the Omni Hotel in downtown and practicing at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and you can be sure we'll make an event out of it. We want to thank Mr. Lites who recognizes the countless fans in Fort Worth and went out of his way to bring the Dallas Stars to Cowtown."
Along with the announcement of training camp, the club also announced the scheduling of two preseason games in San Antonio and Oklahoma City. The Stars will play the Florida Panthers on Sept. 20 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and will travel to Oklahoma City on Sept. 27 to face off against the Edmonton Oilers at Cox Convention Center.
The official training camp and preseason schedule will be released later in the summer.