Add the NFL Scouting Combine to the list of events that the Dallas Cowboys are attempting to lure to North Texas.
Owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones each alluded to visions of having the Combine come to the area following a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at the Cowboys’ new facility in Frisco known as “The Star.”
“We have big ambition,” Jerry Jones said. “We certainly know that North Texas has a commitment to sports and, in our particular case, the kind of interest its got in football. We will advance our case for any premier opportunity the league has to have it happen in North Texas.”
Stephen Jones feels the organization has two “Crown Jewels” with AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and The Star in Frisco. Both are billion-dollar projects that have been praised as what the future of sports looks like.
But landing the Combine is a tall order. Indianapolis has hosted the event since 1987, and the NFL and City of Indianapolis recently reached a deal to keep the event there through 2020.
“We don’t think anything is too big to hope for,” Stephen Jones said. “Obviously have nothing but the greatest respect for Indy and all the things they’ve done for the Combine over the years. But, as we well know, whether it’s Super Bowls or whatever, sometimes things move around.
“Our goal is to get as many world-class things here in Frisco and Arlington that we can do. We think we have two crown jewels in AT&T stadium and now The Star, so we certainly want to get as many things to our fans as we can. Our fans deserve the best, they deserve to touch and feel the Cowboys in any way we can whether it’s the Draft, whether it’s the Combine. We’d love to do that for them.”
As far as progress being made on getting the Draft next year, Stephen Jones said: “Anytime you go after something, you’re optimistic. You’re competitive and you want to win.
“We certainly want to get the Draft and I think we’re certainly going to get our chance to compete for it. Hopefully, as I mentioned, with these two great facilities I like our chances. We’ve got a lot of work to do. It’ll be competitive, but we certainly want to get it.”