Reporting Bud Gillett
FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) - All signs point to the Dallas Cowboys moving their team headquarters out of Irving to Frisco. According to the Dallas Morning News, a specially-called City Council Meeting there Monday is expected to sign off on plans to move the ‘Boys’ out of Irving to land along the North Dallas Tollway at Warren Parkway. The 91-acre site is reportedly the focus of some heavy planning: new headquarters and practice facilities for the Cowboys.
One Frisco resident can barely wait. “I’m excited to know the Cowboys are coming here,” said Juan Contreras, who read the news on a blog. “I live about a mile down the road and I think I’d be here watching them practice and maybe see them play.”
The exciting news is hidden in the agenda of Monday’s specially-called council meeting. It’s a master plan agreement involving the city of Frisco and its schools and various Cowboys entities called “Blue Star,” thought to be companies created by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his family. An additional city document notes the property will be a sports complex and a corporate world headquarters.
The Cowboys moved their headquarters from Dallas to Valley Ranch in the mid-80s, and Irving basked in their reflected glory. But the stadium left for Arlington a few years ago and the rest of the club seems destined to move as well. “We worked really well with them,” Irving city manager Tommy Gonzalez during an interview Friday before the news was known. “We hope that they stay. If they don’t we wish them the best.”
Outgoing Irving city manager Tommy Gonzalez told CBS 11 News in a separate interview Friday that he’s heard nothing official. “At this point the Cowboys have not made a statement that they’re leaving. At this point in time they’re still looking at the different options. I do know Frisco has offered a very generous deal…”
While the Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise, Gonzalez says they’ve been watching as other teams upgrade facilities. “New is ‘in,’” he said adding, “They’re wanting to stay up with the franchises that have done that.”
Frisco is already heavily invested in the sports industry; hockey, major league soccer, basketball and the Double-A feeder system for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. All the more reason things look bright to folks like Contreras. “I think it’s going to be a real draw and a real economic boon to Frisco,” he said.
So far there is no confirmation the Cowboys, the city of Frisco or the Frisco ISD. But Frisco Mayor Maher Mado sent out a prepared statement saying, “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.”
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