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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cowboys weighing Valley Ranch longevity

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys moved into their Valley Ranch practice facility in 1985, but like anything, age, size and technology are catching up to it.

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While the Cowboys are not actively looking to leave their practice home, it is a subject that has been broached.

“We’re always eyes wide open,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “We’re having to do renovations out there. You never know for sure, but I’d still say right now Valley Ranch is where we are.”

Cowboys Stadium was not designed to include the possibility of moving the football operations to Arlington, but building a facility near the stadium is an option, like what the New York Giants have next to MetLife Stadium.

Over the last few years the Cowboys have looked at other team’s facilities, like in Denver and Seattle, when they have played there.

While Valley Ranch is functional, it does not have amenities that most teams have now at the newer facilities, such as a full kitchen. The Cowboys currently cater food for the players and staff.

“You’re always looking to see what people have,” Jones said. “At some point you’d have to take a look.”