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July 25, 2013

Cowboys "working closely" with Frisco on practice facility; Arlington mayor downplays his city's chances

Although Dallas Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said today that team officials are “working closely with Frisco” in efforts to move the team’s practice facility to that city, Jones stressed that other cities remain in the mix.

Among them are Arlington, home of newly renamed AT&T Stadium, and Irving, the city where the Cowboys have trained since 1985 at their Valley Ranch facility. Frisco has been identified in published reports as the probable frontrunner in efforts to land the Cowboys’ next practice facility and Jones acknowledged the need for an upgrade after today’s news conference to announce the naming rights to AT&T Stadium.

“We’re obviously looking at places,” Jones said. “The one there in Irving, Valley Ranch, has been there for quite some time. You always have to start to look for ways to update what you have.

“Right now, there’s still a lot of work to be done. We haven’t ruled out anything. Not until we’re done. We’re obviously working closely with Frisco on some things, but we’ll just have to see how that turns out.”

Arlington mayor Robert Cluck said his city has interest in having the Cowboys train in Tarrant County but admitted that is a longshot because other cities are willing to dedicate more municipal funds to the facility in efforts to entice the team. Arlington spent $325 million to help fund the stadium, which opened in 2009.

“I think, probably, another city has the upper hand because of the amount of money they’re willing to put into it,” Cluck said. “We kind of put our money into this stadium, which was a great investment. The city that will probably end up with it is putting their money into the practice facility. I would much rather have this than that.”

_ Jimmy Burch



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