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Frisco to Vote on Deal to Bring Cowboys Practice Facility to Town

Frisco City Council and its partners will vote on 90-plus acre development



    Frisco City Council, its partners and Frisco ISD trustees will vote Monday on an incentive deal on a new 90-plus acre development for a Dallas Cowboys' practice facility. (Published Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013)

    Dallas Cowboys fans in Irving are dealing with what appears to be the reality of America's Team moving its practice facilities from Valley Ranch to Frisco.

    The Cowboys have headquartered in Irving for 28 years.

    "I think a lot of the fans are going to be sad to see them go," said Guillermo Gonzalez, who said one of the area's selling points is its proximity to the hometown team. "It's always been their home base."

    However, on Monday, Frisco City Council, along with the Frisco Community Development Corporation and Frisco Economic Development Corporation will vote on a development agreement with three Blue Star-associated companies, all affiliated with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his family.

    The Frisco Independent School District is also scheduled to vote on the agreement in its own meeting on Monday evening.

    The project is slated for design at Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.

    On Friday, following the Cowboys' preseason game in Oakland, Jerry Jones commented on the project to NBC 5.

    "The right thing for everybody concerned here is to let the council and leadership look at everything and evaluate it and make their decision," Jones said. "We'll go from there – and that's going to happen sooner than later."

    The city of Frisco has not openly commented on its negotiations with the franchise.

    In a statement, mayor Maher Maso said, "We're very excited about these latest developments. That said, it would be inappropriate for us to comment prior to any action taken by our city council, and the boards of our other public partners."

    Irving had been in discussions to keep the Cowboys facilities in Valley Ranch.

    "We have discussed various incentives with the Cowboys in general terms, but nothing specific," said Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, in a statement to NBC 5 in July.

    The city of Frisco and its convention and tourism bureau recently launched a new initiative, called "Frisco IS Sports," which, according to the city, was "created to build a strong foundation of sports economic development."