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USA Tour 2014 guide: Pre-season trip to Dallas and Houston
Information for those travelling across the pond.
28th May 2014
USA Tour 2014 guide: Pre-season trip to Dallas and Houston


Please be aware that some of the details below are still being confirmed and are thus subject to change.

We would like to advise supporters to check this page regularly for updates.

Supporters not travelling to the USA can follow all of the action from the tour on AVTV, including full delayed coverage of both games.

Highlights of the FC Dallas v Villa and Houston Dynamo v Villa games will be available to view during the tour.

There will also be blogs, picture galleries and up-to-the-minute news from our team of reporters out in the USA.

Our fans in USA have also created a Facebook page so they can share information/stories - you can find it here.


Dallas
Tourism Site: http://www.visitdallas.com

Dallas is a top visitor destination in Texas.

It is the ninth largest city in the country, home to 18 'Fortune 500' companies and the third busiest airport in the world.

Dallas is devoted to art and artists.

Dallas boasts the largest urban arts district in the United States, has more than 115 public pieces of art on display and is home to the fourth largest concentration of luxury furnishing showrooms, art and antique galleries in the burgeoning Dallas Design District.

Dallas is also known as the birthplace of shopping, with the country's first outdoor planned shopping centre - Highland Park Village - the first indoor climate-controlled mall - NorthPark Center - the first Neiman Marcus department store and the famous Galleria Dallas.

Dallas is serious about sports and recreation.

Dallas is the only city in the southwest which is home to five professional sports teams including the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, 2010 and 2011 ALCS champion Texas Rangers and "America's Team" the Dallas Cowboys.


Places to Visit

AAC

American Airlines Centre
2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

American Airlines Centre was designed by David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. and HKS, Inc.

The team combined architecture and technology to give Dallas a beautiful, fan friendly venue with lots of hi-tech touches.

From its sweeping signature arches to the retractable seating, American Airlines Centre's unique features single it out as the premier sports and entertainment venue in the country.

Zoo

Dallas Zoo
650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203

The largest zoo in Texas and boasts one of the finest African wildlife displays in the nation, with the spacious Giants of the Savanna and Wilds of Africa habitats.

It's the only zoo in North America where you can see elephants side-by-side with giraffes, just as you would find on the African grasslands.

Visitors can journey through wildlife habitats from around the world, feed a giraffe, and learn about conservation projects to protect animals in the wild - or enjoy a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel.

Sculpture

Nasher Sculpture Centre
2001 Flora St. 214.242.5100

The Nasher Sculpture Centre is a longtime dream of Raymond Nasher and his late wife Patsy, who together amassed one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world.

The Centre features more than 300 pieces and is located adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art.

Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect and winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1998, designed the 55,000-square-foot building.

Landscape architect Peter Walker designed the outdoor garden.

Trinity Groves
3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas, TX 75212

A 15-acre restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment destination located at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas.

The evolving development strives to foster the growth of startup businesses, building on Dallas' culture of innovation and entrepreneurism, while creating jobs and spurring economic opportunity.

Central to the Trinity Groves project is the Restaurant Concept Incubator program, which encourages chefs and restaurateurs to create and present unique restaurant concepts to a team of experienced restaurateurs who will then support them to bring their ideas to reality.

We've already accepted several restaurant concepts, which are currently opening for business in spaces that were formerly industrial warehouses.

These warehouses have since been rehabilitated and adapted to house these opportunities.

Food Tour of America in Uptown Dallas Neighborhood
3636 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

This 3.5 hour food tasting and cultural walking tour features generous sit-down restaurant tastings, a dessert tasting and a leisurely Uptown Walk.

In between tastings, the Dine & Walk Food Tour features entertaining Dallas commentary and several historic attractions unique to the Uptown neighborhood.


Trevino

Famous people from Dallas

Athlete Michael Johnson
Golfer Lee Trevino [above] 
Politician George W Bush
Singer Selena Gomez
Actress/Model Jerry Hall
Singer Norah Jones
Boxing promoter Don King
Basketball player Dennis Rodman
Singer Jessica Simpson
Singer Usher [below] 
Actor Owen Wilson

Usher


Villa in Dallas

The Match: FC Dallas v Villa
Date: July 23, 8pm US time, 2am UK time
Venue: Toyota Park, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033, United States
Directions: http://www.fcdallas.com/stadium/directions  
Ticket Details: Tickets are now on sale and range from $24.42 to $103.02
Buy Online: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=fcdallas&o=1075135&g=1746 - Promo Code: VILLA
Buy Direct: Call either Eric or Matt to purchase tickets over the phone - Eric Johannes 1-469-365-0028, Matt Denny 1-469-365-0251 or email mdenny@fcdallas.com.

Villa Fan Activity

Villa Pub: The Londoner Frisco, 5454 Main Street, Suite 123, Frisco, Texas
Website: http://www.londonerfrisco.com/  

The menu, of course, features many traditional British dishes.

However, if this is not your cup of tea, you will find an assortment of local, regional and all-American favourites from which to choose.

As you would expect, The Londoner offers a wide range of national and international beers and ales.

Not sure what to choose? Just ask for a taste sample.

They also serve a comprehensive range of beers, wines, liquors and cocktails.

Open Training - Updated

Our open training will be at the stadium at 7pm on Tuesday July 22*.

Entry will be free with a match ticket for Wednesday's game against FC Dallas.

Meet and Greet - Updated

THIS IS NOW CLOSED

We have sent emails to successful supporters.

If you have yet to receive an email, please check your junk box or alternatively email USTour@avfc.co.uk.

Supporters Match - Updated

THIS IS NOW CLOSED

We have sent emails to successful supporters.

If you have yet to receive an email, please check your junk box or alternatively email USTour@avfc.co.uk.


Houston
Tourism Site: http://www.visithoustontexas.com/

The style-savvy residents of USA's fourth largest city believe there's no place like Houston.

With more than 2.2m residents, the city attracts visitors with a wonderful mix of world-class arts, booming business, pro sports and award-winning cuisine.

Houston is finally enjoying the recognition it deserves.

In 2013, the city landed on several "best of" lists, including the Travel and Leisure roundup of America's Favourite Cities and the Hotwire.com index of most affordable USA vacation destinations.

In Houston, much of daily life happens outdoors, thanks to mild, year-round temperatures.

Take time to explore the eclectic, culture-filled neighbourhoods, gallery spaces and attractions, which offer diverse flavours that can only be found here.

Take the food, for example.

Countless cutting-edge chefs have made a home in Houston, where diners eat out more than residents of any other city.

Here, you'll find James Beard Award winners and internationally renowned chefs serving up innovative cuisine that frequently catches the attention of foodies in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Saveur.

Venture downtown during your stay and discover a thriving professional arts scene, with professional resident companies in ballet, opera, symphony and theatre - only four other USA cities can say the same.

And the nearby Museum District stakes its claim as the country's fourth largest, with 18 cultural powerhouses set within blocks of one another.

They have their own version of Central Park, too, offering nearly 1,500 acres of green space in the heart of the city.

Just inside the loop, Memorial Park is home to a public golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, trails and more.

Downtown, Discovery Green Park is outfitted with Wi-Fi, a farmers market, dog runs, fine dining and ice-skating during the winter - just one more of the 650-plus urban green spaces filling the city.

Not surprisingly, businesses also recognize the allure of Houston's offerings.

Twenty-five companies on the Fortune 500 list call the Energy Capital of the World home.

Aeronautic research is unsurpassed at NASA headquarters - the facility responsible for putting the first man on the moon - and Texas Medical Center remains the largest in the world with 47 highly lauded research and treatment institutions.


Places to Visit

Space

Space Centre Houston
1601 NASA Parkway Houston, Texas 77058

Space Centre Houston is the official visitors center of NASA's Johnson Space Centre.

Touch a real moon rock. See astronaut training on a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.

Launch to Mars in the Blast-Off theater! It's an out of this world experience for all ages.

Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby Street at Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77002

Experience the wonder of the underwater world as you tour the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit.

Discover 400 species of marine life.

Touch sea creatures and more at Discovery Rig and catch a glimpse of the magnificent white tigers of the Maharaja's Temple.

Be sure to enjoy a dining adventure at Aquarium Restaurant as well as (for separate admission) Shark Voyage, rides and games.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston,Texas 77030

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the nation's most heavily-attended museums, with diverse and extraordinary offerings and four floors of exhibit halls.

Showing: The Paleo Hall (one of the largest paleo halls in the nation), The Hall Of Egypt (one of the most diverse collections in the nation, covering 6000 years), The Gems & Mineral Hall (recognized as one of the best collections in the world), The Wiess Energy Exhibit (one of the top energy exhibits in the nation), Space, Malacology, Hall of the Americas, African Wild Life and more.

Other features (requiring separate admission) include the 3-D Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and Burke Baker Planetarium. Host to world-class touring exhibitions, something will delight everyone.

Other

Kemah Boardwalk
15 Kipp Avenue Kemah, TX 77565

Kemah Boardwalk - the perfect getaway!

Enjoy amusement rides, nine waterfront restaurants, shopping, midway games, live entertainment and weekend festivals.

Brave the Bullet rollercoaster, ride our train and Ferris wheel and plunge 140 feet on the Drop Zone.

Kemah Boardwalk appeals to all kids - young and old!

Zoo

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030

Discover curious monkeys and majestic giraffes, adventure through the African Forest, and get eye-to-eye with a Komodo dragon!

Find your new favorite animal among the more than 6,000 animals that call the Houston Zoo home.


Famous people from Houston

Knowles

WWE wrestler The Undertaker
Singer Beyoncé Knowles [above]
Actor Big Bang Theory's Sheldon - Jim Parsons
Actor Dennis Quaid [below]
Singer Kenny Rogers
Actress Renee Zellweger
WWE wrestler Booker T
Aviator Howard Hughes
Comedian Bill Hicks
Actor Patrick Swayze

Quaid


BBVA

Villa in Houston

The Match: Houston Dynamo v Villa
Date: July 26, 8pm US time, 2am UK time
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas Street, Houston, Texas, USA
Directions: http://www.bbvacompassstadium.com/plan-your-visit/directions
Ticket Details: Fans can order their ticket through any of the Lions Clubs below for $22 with no booking fees.
Please contact your club on the email address below.

Mike Pearson - michael.pearson6@gmail.com - Detroit Lions Club
Simon Leach - avfcusa1000@gmail.com - Chicago Lions Club
Mike Reed - reedmt5@msn.com - Illinois Lions Club
Bill Green - acebill@cox.net - Arizona Lions Club
Chris Fetters - cfetters@dawgman.com - Seattle Lions Club
Adam Hill - adamhill100@gmail.com - Dallas Lions Club
Kurt Maciej - kurt_maciej@dell.com - Austin TX Lions
Ben Keller - bakelle1@asu.edu - Phoenix Lions 

Individual tickets can be purchased on the link below.
Please note booking fees apply when not booking through a Lions Club.
Ticket Link - https://tickets.axs.com/eventShopperV2f.html?wr=64f86d34-9958-40ef-befa-b6fc285fd585&skin=dynamo&preFill=1. Promo Code: VILLA

Villa Fan Activity

Villa Pub: Lucky's, 801 St Emanuel Street, Houston, TX 77003
Website: http://luckyspub.com/houston-dynamo-orange-street/

Located just east of downtown, Lucky's Pub is a great place to come together before a big game!

It is centrally located within walking distance of the George R. Brown convention center, Minute Maid Park, BVA Stadium and the Toyota Center.

They're also next door to Houston's favourite concert venue, WareHouse Live.

So head there pre-game and post-game as Villa face Dynamos.

Open Training - Updated

Open training will be at the stadium at 7pm on Thursday July 24*.

Meet and Greet - Updated

THIS IS NOW CLOSED

We have sent emails to successful supporters.

If you have yet to receive an email, please check your junk box or alternatively email USTour@avfc.co.uk.

Supporters Match - Updated

THIS IS NOW CLOSED

We have sent emails to successful supporters.

If you have yet to receive an email, please check your junk box or alternatively email USTour@avfc.co.uk.

Unlike previous correspondence, there will be no shower facilities for this game.

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