Crowds smaller so far at Cowboys camp

OXNARD, Calif. -- Drawing a crowd has never been a problem for the Dallas Cowboys.

Through the first four days of training camp, the crowds have been smaller than normal.

Last year the Cowboys drew 13,230 fans in the first four days of training camp. Through the first four days of camp this summer the Cowboys have had 11,000 fans. At their opening practice last year, the Cowboys drew 6,614 fans on Sunday. On Saturday with their pre-practice extravaganza, the Cowboys drew 4,279 fans.

Maybe three straight 8-8 seasons are starting to catch up with the Cowboys. Maybe it’s one playoff win since 1996. Maybe it was the Oxnard Salsa Festival.

“Those things will take care of themselves,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said of the crowds. “It’s my understanding there’s a festival in town this weekend and some of the people who would normally come here, some of them are over there. The crowds will take care of themselves.

“We’re worried about winning, putting a good team on the field; not about the crowds.”