It’s Texas, it’s the Dallas Cowboys, it’s Jerry Jones. So of course we expect it to be over-the-top. But a $1.5 billion practice facility (we talkin’ bout practice!) seems a bit much, even for Jerruh.
But that’s exactly what the team has now, and the Cowboys officially moved into the facility – known as The Star – on Thursday.
The Cowboys packed up their headquarters in Irving, the iconic Valley Ranch, last month, after calling it home for over 30 years. They broke ground on The Star, about 20 miles away in Frisco, two years ago. The team website for the complex touts it as “an experience for fans worldwide” (emphasis theirs), a partnership between the franchise, city, and the Frisco school district.
The Star features two outdoor practice fields, a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that the city’s high school teams will use, a franchise hall of fame, and an entertainment area with shops, restaurants and a hotel.
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“I think The Star and our new facility out at The Star will be special,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It will be great for the players to have a facility like that to go in and out of the Ford Center and have times when you need to get out of the weather and get their jobs accomplished. Then, I think you’ll see it’s state of the art in every way in terms of the training room and the training table and nutrition. All the things we’re going to offer for our players to hopefully help them be champions.”