Parts of future camps could be in North Texas

OXNARD, Calif. -- When the Dallas Cowboys move into a new practice facility in the future, fans will be able to watch at least a part of training camp.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones would not discuss a possible move to Frisco, Texas, which sources indicate is the leader to become the team’s practice home over Arlington and Irving, but he allowed that for the first time area fans will be able to see the team train in the summer.

While weather might be the main reason the team has trained elsewhere in the summer, Valley Ranch, which opened in 1983, is unable to house fans because of a lack of space for parking and concessions on site. Most of the teams that hold training camp at their own facilities have those types of things available.

The Cowboys have trained in Oregon and California in their history and have had camps in Austin, San Antonio and Wichita Falls as well. North Texas fans have lamented the fact their team has not practiced closer to home.

“If we move from Valley Ranch and we do a deal like that I could see where you would have some time there where some fans in North Texas could come out and enjoy some practices,” Jones said.

The Cowboys are contractually bound for Oxnard, Calif., through next year but could continue to call it home depending on the land available next to the River Ridge Residence Inn they call home. The team has also kept open the option of returning to the Alamodome for practice.