VACATING VALLEY RANCH: Dallas Cowboys explore options for a new practice facility (updated)

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The Dallas Cowboys have called Valley Ranch home for 28 years.

That’s about to change.

The club is looking to move from what has become one of the NFL’s more outdated practice facilities. Those same sources say that Frisco is one of the cities ready to welcome the Cowboys with open arms. But they aren’t the sole suitor as club officials actively discuss a move.

Arlington officials met with the Cowboys earlier this year about building a practice facility near Cowboys Stadium. And Irving officials have made it known they don’t want to lose a franchise that has been part of the city’s fabric since Texas Stadium opened its doors and roof in 1971.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a timeframe at this stage of discussions. There are too many moving parts to project when the club will leave, although it’s clear the team will continue to practice at its current location for the 2013 season.

Still, there is no doubt about the Dallas Cowboys intention to build another practice facility.

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Ground was broken on the team’s Valley Ranch practice site in November of ’83. Cowboys players and coaches reported to the practice facility in August of ’85.

Nearly three-quarters of the league’s teams have opened practice facilities since that date.

The current complex sits on 30 acres and is roughly 110,000 square feet. Renovations and additions, such as an MRI facility, have taken place periodically.

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But the Cowboys do not have an indoor facility to use in inclement or freezing weather, choosing not to erect one after their practice bubble collapsed during a storm four years ago. The club also does not have the space or infrastructure for a full service dining hall, a luxury the majority of teams in the league possess.

SOMEWHAT RELATED: Nip and tuck – Cowboys Stadium to get new field

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Cowboys Stadium is ready for her first nip and tuck as she approaches her fourth birthday.

A new artificial field will be in place before the Dallas Cowboys play their first home pre-season game in August. The installation will unfold in stages after the Taylor Swift concert at the stadium on May 25.

Club officials said a final decision has not been made on what to do with the existing field.

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