FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have held training camp practices in Texas before. They have called San Antonio, Austin and Wichita Falls home, but they have not held training camp practices at their own facility.
The Cowboys will hold their first of six practices at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, starting Monday after a three-plus-week run in Oxnard, California.
“This is a special thing we’re doing here these next 10 days,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after the Cowboys beat the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday in their third preseason game. “We’ve never done this before. Don’t know how it’s going to be. But we’re going to really, I think, have an exciting time doing it, and it should be an exciting time for the Cowboys.”
The Cowboys will unveil their Ring of Honor Walk at The Star in which the 21 members of the team’s highest honor will be recognized with monuments. Nineteen of the players or their families will be represented. Perhaps fittingly, Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson will be separated by the length of their famous Hail Mary.
After an opening ceremony inside the Ford Center, the Cowboys will hold practice at 3:30 p.m. CT. All of the tickets to the six practices have been allocated, which means roughly 12,000 will see the Cowboys work out.
“It’s going to be fun,” said tight end Jason Witten, who has gone through training camp practices inside the Alamodome and in Oxnard in his career. “It’s always going to be neat to get back home and get to work here. We got a great facility here to get to work in. And the fans will be there, so it’ll bring excitement, add a little juice. But Coach (Jason) Garrett’s message to use, and really it’s a great message for our entire team: It’s really just a different venue. The teams that want to compete here, you build on that camp when you go home. These are two big weeks for us getting into the season. I really believe our team will continue work on having that mindset of let’s continue to improve. We’ve had a good start. We’ve got a long way to go.”
The Cowboys have a multi-year agreement with the city of Oxnard to return for camp for at least two weeks. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys should practice more in Frisco next summer.
“Our fans, a lot don’t get the opportunity to go see the Cowboys play at AT&T (Stadium), but they are going to have the opportunity to come out to The Star and be a part of what our team is all about this year,” Jones said.