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Cowboys New Practice Facility Opens: $1.5B Field Is Model for Future

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The Dallas Cowboys practice in the Ford Center at The Star for the first time, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. (Brandon Wade/AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 11:29 AM

The Dallas Cowboys new $1.5 billion practice facility, called The Star, opened Sunday in Frisco, Texas.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the facility is also partially owned by the City of Frisco, a Dallas suburb, and includes a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, called the Ford Center. The Cowboys, which Forbes named in July as the world's most valuable sports franchise, will practice at the stadium and it will also be used for high school football games on weekends.

The city reportedly ponied up $60 million and the Frisco school district another $30 million for the facility.

"This is a tool," said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones on the team's website. "Ahh, it's a pretty tool, but it's a tool. The real use of it is how we could take it, for instance how we'll have four [high school] football games next weekend to be nationally televised all over this country."

The Ford Center has a 2,270-square-foot exterior video board and a 1,824-square-foot interior video board, noted the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

There are also outdoor practice fields and an underground parking garage. Baylor Scott & White Health and the Cowboys have also teamed up to open a nearly 300,000 square-foot, nine-story sports therapy and research facility in 2017 or 2018.

"I think everything is pretty cool," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "They've done an amazing job putting this place together and it does not surprise me or anybody else who's been around the Joneses at all to see this place."

"They just do everything in such a first-class manner. We see that in our stadium. We're so fortunate to play in what we believe is the best stadium in the world. And we believe this is as good a facility as there is. We try to express that to our players and they didn't need much convincing. They understand what this place is all about," Garrett continued.

The Star complex will also has 396,000 square feet of available commercial office space, 200,000 square feet of retail space across 14 buildings, and a 40,500 square-foot plaza.

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