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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Cowboys mull Valley Ranch move

By Calvin Watkins
ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Cowboys officials are exploring the possibility of leaving their Valley Ranch practice facility for another city, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

The Cowboys have held their practices in Valley Ranch since 1985. Over the years, an indoor practice bubble and an MRI center have been added to the facility.

In May 2009, the indoor practice bubble was destroyed by a storm, resulting in serious injuries. Cowboys officials haven't made plans to rebuild it.

The franchise is still committed to Irving, Texas, where the practice facility is housed, but would like to build another one somewhere else in the city. If that doesn't happen, a move to another part of North Texas is possible.

Frisco, Plano and Arlington are possible sites.

The Dallas Stars currently hold their practices in Frisco and their facility is considered one of the best in the NHL.

The Dallas Mavericks hold their practices at the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas.

Among the things the Cowboys are looking for are upgrades to a full-scale lunch room, a bigger weight room, a practice bubble, larger offices and more locker room space.