The Star is Here
FRISCO – The Cowboys opened The Star, their new practice home and headquarters, on Sunday in Frisco, and a tour demonstrates that the facility is both over-the-top in its audacity and under-the-radar in its attention to detail.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it,” said quarterback Tony Romo as the team prepared for its first practice at the new digs.
Well that’s because there is nothing like it. The Jones family’s new real estate gem isn’t just the finest team headquarters in sports; it rivals some NFL teams’ stadiums.
“To me,” defensive back Orlando Scandrick said, “it’s a symbol of, ‘It’s time to win.’”
The Star certainly removes any excuses for this football team. The venue, complete with the 12,000-seat Ford Center that will serve as the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility (and Frisco high school programs’ home as well), features a luxurious dining area for players and staff, a training center that features the latest in medical advances (including hydrotherapy), a 150-leather-chair theater/meeting room, a gigantic weight room, the latest in technology in every way, plus glass bottles throughout the building that allow beautiful views of the two-field outdoor practice area.
“Once you hit the practice field, it’s the same old stuff: Go back to getting your winning edge,” said tight end Jason Witten, who, fittingly, was the first player to hold an official press conference in the new building. “(But) I think you’ve got to appreciate it, not just ‘here is our facility, let’s go to work.’ You have to walk around and appreciate all that has gone into this and know above everything else, the Jones family did it to give us our best chance to be successful. They didn’t have to do that.”
But they did, so the building includes museum-like tributes to Tom Landry, great players of the past, grand moments in Cowboys history, the Super Bowl rings and the Super Bowl trophies – all encased in glass, all designed in part to inspire the Cowboys moving forward to create new legends and new great moments.