Split camps could be in Cowboys future

OXNARD, Calif. -- The contract between the Dallas Cowboys and the city of Oxnard, California, is up after this training camp, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones would like to continue operating at least part of camp here in the future.

This is the ninth year the Cowboys have called Oxnard their home for camp.

“It’s better than where it was when we started, and we certainly have the ability to consider it and are considering it and are looking forward not only to this camp, but hopefully we’ll be preparing many Cowboys teams here,” Jones said. “Again we’re in discussions to do that but nothing that we’ve experienced here at Oxnard has been anything but positive and deserves a consideration of continued practicing here.”

The Cowboys and city have a three-year option on the table that could be exercised after this summer.

Cowboys players and coaches like practicing in Oxnard because of the cool temperatures and grass fields. Jones likes coming to California because of the team’s tradition (this is their 35th year training in Southern California) and the attention the team receives nationally.

The Cowboys are scheduled to move into their new practice facility in Frisco, Texas, in 2016 and will hold at least a part of training camp at the indoor football stadium being built to escape the hot temperatures.

“Now the answer to that is to spend some time in both places,” Jones said.