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12,000 Dallas Cowboys Fans Compete for Parking at The Star

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    The Dallas Cowboys have returned to North Texas, taking training camp to The Star in Frisco, but fans who want to see America's Team practice for free may be tackling parking issues. (Published Monday, Aug. 21, 2017)

    The solar eclipse, and even back to school, couldn't keep people away from training camp Monday -- the first time ever that fans can watch the Dallas Cowboys practice at their new facility in Frisco, 'The Star.'

    During six home practices, 12,000 fans will line-up to enter the Ford Center and watch America's Team practice. Tickets are free, but they're already sold out -- many fans said they ordered their tickets two months ago.

    The only obstacle for ticket holders? Parking, where spots at The Star are free on a first come, first serve basis.

    “Just pull up. The staff is right there to help you. You just let them know you're here for the event, they'll tell you go park to the top. No worries, no issues. Don't have to show anything, just park,” said Cedrick Smith, who waited outside for a couple hours. “Nothing else I could think of that'd be worth all this sweat, so it's absolutely worth it."

    On Monday afternoon, parking seemed to be going smoothly.

    “I thought it was gonna be backed up. We actually left a lot earlier for that reason, but parking was easy,” said Rickey Ragle.

    Many fans planned ahead, showing up when lots opened at 11 a.m., including to home-schooled high school students playing hooky with their mother Tara Keller.

    “Yes it's our first day of school,” she said laughing. “Where else would we be?” Keller said. “We wanted to make sure we got up closer. If we’re gonna skip school, we might as well be."

    After parking, fans next line up in Tostitos Championship Plaza where the doors to the Ford Center open early.

    For those cutting it close to the first pass, there's extra parking at Dr. Pepper Ballpark and Toyota Stadium. Air-conditioned shuttles should be on hand to give fans a lift.

    The Cowboys practice at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, then 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 24.

    For a look at the full practice schedule, click here.

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