ARLINGTON — After taking their training camp show on the road for the past month, the Dallas Cowboys opened their preseason preparations to their hometown fans for the first time with a public practice at Cowboys Stadium Thursday.
The annual "Silver and Blue Debut" was well received as usual by eager Cowboys fans, wearing Jay Ratliff, Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware jerseys among others.
Fans filled the parking lots before 3 p.m. and lined up at the turnstiles in 90 degree temperatures before being let in the building for the 4:30 pm practice.
The practice, which was the team ’s first workout since breaking training camp in California on Tuesday, featured performances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the Rhythm and Blue Dance Team.
It was a non-padded workout, which would be the team’s last before Saturday’s home preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett were met with cheers as they walked across the field.
For many fans, it didn’t matter that it was a practice. It was their first and only free look at the team before the 2012 season begins.