The Cowboys will train exclusively in Texas this summer, eliminating their trip to California that has been a regular part of their schedule in recent years.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram first reported that the team will hold their camp in San Antonio at the Alamodome before returning to their home practice facility in Irving, Texas. In 2010, the team trained in both of those locations, as well as Oxnard, Calif. Former Cowboys head coach Tom Landry held all of his preseason camps from 1963-89 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
If the NFL lockout continues into the summer, parts or all of training camp may be eliminated. Dallas is scheduled to open the 2011 preseason at home vs. Denver on a to-be-determined date between Aug. 11-15. This year will be the first camp run by Jason Garrett, who took over for Wade Phillips in the middle of last season.
The way we see it
With the uncertainty surrounding this year's training camp and all of the logistics that go into setting up a camp, the team is wise to chose just one out-of-town location for training. The Cowboys regularly fill up the Alamodome with fans, and camps in San Antonio have been a great success in recent years for the team. Last season the team started off the regular season 1-7, and while it's unfair to blame the preseason travel to different camps, the Cowboys won't be able to use a training-camp travel excuse in 2011.