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SBD/August 14, 2013/Facilities
Cowboys' Partnership With Frisco School District Could Become New NFL Facilities Model
Published August 14, 2013
GONE CAMPING: While the Cowboys' training camp deal with Oxnard, Calif., ends in '14, Jones said that the team is "already working on a contract extension with city officials." Jones: "We’ve been doing this for how many years now? 30-something, 35 years if you really count Thousand Oaks. This is what we ought to be doing. And we’re working right now on trying to extend it." In Ft. Worth, Clarence Hill notes the Cowboys are "obligated to spend at least two weeks in Oxnard next year." But in addition to the team spending one week of camp at its new Frisco facility beginning in '16, San Antonio has "expressed interest in hosting camp next year and beyond." Jones is "open to having split camps but indicated he would need five preseason games to achieve it, like the Cowboys have this season because of the Hall of Fame game" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/14). Jones said, “I think the opportunities we’ve got to continue our West Coast presence, and potentially with our fan base in San Antonio, a dual participation in camp is good for the team. It’s a plus. ... Let’s take this year as an example. Our time in Oxnard is up Friday. We leave for Arizona to play our third preseason game then turn around and come back to Dallas, where we will have as much as 10 days that are the equivalent to training camp. We will soon be able to do that at our facility.” In San Antonio, Tom Orsborn noted the "earliest the Cowboys could hold at least a portion of camp in San Antonio" would be '15, and the city's Dir of Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Michael Sawaya "remains hopeful the team one day will return to San Antonio" (MYSANANTONIO.com, 8/13).