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Cowboys Training Camp Returning To Texas

The Dallas Cowboys Training Camp will be returning to Texas in 2007 as the team will once again call the City of San Antonio its summer home. Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones and San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger made the joint announcement today at San Antonio ’s City Hall. The Alamodome, which played host to Cowboys training camps in 2002 and 2003 will again be the site for the team’s summer practice sessions beginning in 2007. The agreement reached between the City and the team is for five years.

“There is no better place for the Dallas Cowboys to be able to reach out and touch our fans than the City of San Antonio ,” said Jones. “This is a vacation destination for fans all over this region, and we are pleased to be returning as one of the many reasons to visit San Antonio . We also enjoy a loyal and faithful fan following in this community that is as strong as any NFL team enjoys in its home market.  The facilities and accommodations are the best in the NFL, and the reception that we receive from the city leaders and the fans is outstanding.”

"The City of San Antonio is very pleased that the Dallas Cowboys will be conducting their training camp again in their second home, the Alamodome,” said Mayor Phil Hardberger. “This will be a great community event for everyone in San Antonio to enjoy. San Antonio is a great football city, and we have some of the best fans in the world. We welcome the Cowboys back to San Antonio ."

Between 1990 and 2003, the Cowboys held 14 training camps in Texas . The team qualified for the playoffs in nine of those seasons, while winning six division championships and three Super Bowl titles.

HISTORY OF DALLAS COWBOYS TRAINING CAMP SITES

June 3, 1960 -- The newly formed Dallas Cowboys franchise announces that it will train at Pacific University in Forest Grove , Oregon . Rookies report on July 9.

May 24, 1961 -- Due to its proximity to their first exhibition game against Minnesota in Minneapolis , the Dallas Cowboys moved training camp to St. Olaf College in Northfield , Minn. Camp opens on July 9.

June 8, 1962 -- The Dallas Cowboys moved their training camp site to the campus of Northern Michigan College on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette , Mich. Rookies reported on July 13.

July 12, 1963 -- Because the team was scheduled to play three of its first four preseason games on the west coast, the Dallas Cowboys moved training camp to California Lutheran College in Thousand Oaks , Calif. This camp, which will be the first of 27 at CLC, opened on July 12.

Dec. 6, 1989 -- For the first time in the 30-year history of the team, the Dallas Cowboys moved the site of their training camp home to Texas as the club announced its 1990 training camp will be held at St. Edward’s University in Austin , Texas . This camp, which will be the first of eight at St. Ed’s, opened on July 22.

Feb. 17, 1998 -- The Cowboys began a four-year stay at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls , Texas with their 1998 camp. The first camp at Midwestern State University opened on July 16 of that year.

May 17, 2002 -- The Cowboys moved to the Alamo City for training camp in San Antonio for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The initial San Antonio camp began at the Alamodome on July 26, 2002.

July 30, 2004 -- The Cowboys moved their summer training operations back to Southern California for the first time since 1989. The 2004 camp was the first of three held in Oxnard , California . The Oxnard site is just minutes from the Thousand Oaks , Calif. location where the team trained from 1963 to 1989.

May 4, 2006 - - Dallas Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones joined San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger in announcing that the team has agreed to a five year contract that will bring the team back to the Alamodome for training camp. The deal will begin with the team’s return to San Antonio for the 2007 training camp.

(Dallas Cowboys Press Release)

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