Today is moving day at Valley Ranch. The moving vans arrived and began transporting everything from Irving to Frisco.
Thursday marks the official first day in The Star, the Cowboys’ new $1.5 billion training complex.
“It’s bittersweet,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I was out there the other day at my office, and then looking at a few pictures, trying to stay out of the way right now while they’re packing it all up. Certainly so many tremendous, great memories at Valley Ranch. It’s no different than [the move into] AT&T Stadium. You can’t live in the past. It’s a new day for our franchise, just like it was when we moved from Texas Stadium to AT&T Stadium. It was tough to leave that and all the great memories that happened there at Texas Stadium. The same thing holds for Valley Ranch. I think The Star and our new facility out at The Star will be special. It will be great for the players to have a facility like that to go in and out of the Ford Center and have times when you need to get out of the weather and get their jobs accomplished. Then, I think you’ll see it’s state of the art in every way in terms of the training room and the training table and nutrition. All the things we’re going to offer for our players to hopefully help them be champions.”
The Cowboys return from training camp in Oxnard, California, for an Aug. 19 preseason game against the Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. The players begin work at their new training facility thereafter.
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“It’ll be ready,” Jones said. “I think our players will be able to jump right in there. It should be seamless. Their lockers will be ready to roll. Their parking lot will be ready to go. They can go to work. Obviously, there will be construction around the project and will be for many years to come in terms of other pieces of property that are on The Star. But as far as what they’re concerned about, getting to where they need to park and going to work, it’ll all be ready to go when they return from training camp.”
The Cowboys made Valley Ranch their home for 31 years.