DALLAS Cowboys players will get a preview of their new home at their minicamp in June, two months before The Ford Center at The Star opens in Frisco.
"They'll take their first peak in June, and then it will still not be finished quite yet, but when we come back for our last week of [training] camp, that’s when we'll move in for good," Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson said Thursday before receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth-annual Nancy Lieberman Charities Dream Ball.
The Cowboys will leave Irving after four decades at Valley Ranch, moving into their new digs in July. When the Cowboys break training camp in Oxnard, California, on Aug. 19, they will return to the new six-story headquarters in Frisco.
"We are on schedule, and that was the biggest question because we will be moving in July and move the team in July," Jones said. "The team will actually get a chance … before they break for the summer, they'll have a chance to look at it. It won't be quite complete. But when we come back from Oxnard, we will move right in, and the team will move right into their locker room, and we'll probably have our last week of camp actually at The Star."
The 25-year deal the Cowboys signed with the city calls for the team to hold at least one week of training camp at the facility every year. However, fans won’t be allowed to watch this year.
The first public event at The Star, which includes a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, won’t take place until Aug. 27 when all eight varsity football teams in Frisco ISD play. Jones said the team will hold a rally day and community event the following day at The Star.