It’s no secret that every high school football player’s dream is to one day suit up for an NFL team. Now, thanks to the Dallas Cowboys new practice facility The Star in Frisco, Texas, area high school players will be able to see first-hand what that would be like.
USA TODAY Sports took a sneak peek at the $1.5 billion headquarters last week. The facility will be the only of its kind where an NFL team shares with a public high school athletic program. It includes a 12,000-seat indoor stadium.
“The vision here is to really revolutionize sports on a global level,” Jerry Jones Jr. said. “We have a situation here with what we’ve done with the school district that right there, as a high school player is walking on the field to train and compete, he walks off the field and there comes a Dallas Cowboys player, a world-class athlete, training on the very field where they were competing. It’s a dynamic that’s never been done in sports.”
To speak to that, The Star will host a quadruple-header at the end of August between all eight Frisco high school teams.
“As impressive as the structure is that we sit in, I think the thing he would be most proud of is the connection to high school football,”Charlotte Jones Anderson, Jones’ daughter and a team executive vice president, said of her father.
“I think deep down, knowing that he had a chance to leave a legacy on high school football, to build something for those kids that have dreams, that here was our opportunity to do this for the kids and to do this for that connection that we should all appreciate of, where does our game live? And it lives in the hearts of the kids who want to be a Dallas Cowboy, and this is a tribute to that.”