Per multiple sources, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell toured the Dallas Cowboys new headquarters in Frisco Thursday and “was blown away” by the Ford Center at the Star.
Goodell visited The Star on the way back from an NFL Sponsor Summit in Houston.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones extended an invitation for him to come anytime he was in the area so he took him up on the offer.
Jones, Vice President Stephen Jones and Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson conducted the tour with Goodell.
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The Star, which will open in August, includes the Cowboys offices, two outdoor practice fields and a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that will be shared with the Frisco high schools.
It also will include retail shopping and will be anchored by a 16-story Omni Hotel. Once fully developed the Star will have a final price tag of $1.5 billion.
Per a source, Goodell was not only impressed with the training facility but also the team’s connection and relationship with the Frisco Independent School District. He liked the connection to youth sports, the source said.
Goodell’s visit could also be considered a good sign for the Cowboys and their efforts to lure the 2018 NFL draft to North Texas.
The Cowboys would like to use both AT&T Stadium in Arlington and The Star in Frisco to provide a unique NFL Draft setup. Or it could be one or the other.
Chicago has hosted the past two drafts after a 50-year run in New York. Philadelphia is expected to host the 2017 draft, according to a source.
The NFL office decides the draft location with input from the Super Bowl advisory committee.
“We think our fans deserve to have a taste of everything that the NFL is about,” Stephen Jones said last month. “The draft is certainly one of the big events other than the season itself and the games themselves. Certainly, it’s something our fans love to follow, and to get to bring it here and let them touch it first-hand would be great for our fans. So we’re certainly fired up for something like that. We’ve got certainly AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and then we have another venue we’ll be finishing the first phase of this summer in The Star. We think between those two things it might make for a unique experience for our fans.”