America's Team will be just that during training camp
America’s Team, as owner Jerry Jones likes to think of it, will see a lot more of America this summer than anyone else.
The Dallas Cowboys will be a road act during training camp and it’s fair to wonder now if the travel will take a toll on the team before the season begins. Consider this itinerary for the team during training camp and preseason:
July 24 to Aug. 6: Training camp in San Antonio at Alamadome
Aug. 8: Hall of Fame Game vs. Cincinnagti at Canton, Ohio
Aug. 9 to Aug. 11: Training camp at Valley Ranch
Aug. 12: Preseason game, Oakland at Dallas
Aug. 14 to Aug. 27: Training camp at Oxnard, Calif.
Aug. 28: Preseason game, Dallas at Houston
Aug. 29: Return to Valley Ranch for remainder of preseason
Sept 2: Preseason game, Miami at Houston
The Cowboys will include a preseason game at San Diego on Aug. 21 during the team’s stay in California. It’s an ambitious and possibly grueling preseason schedule that will surely tax the team’s support staff. The guess here is the team, or at least a portion of it, arrives in Canton early for the enshrinement of running back Emmitt Smith into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We are very excited about this training camp schedule,” Jones said in a statement released by the team. “Spending two weeks in both San Antonio and Southern California gives us the opportunity to reach out to the very strong fan followings that the organization enjoys in two traditional training camp homes for the Cowboys. We have always received tremendous receptions and hospitality from the fans and community leaders in both San Antonio and Oxnard.
“From the football perspective, we see a serious benefit in being able to conduct all of our two-a-day sessions in ideal temperatures and on both artificial and natural grass surfaces.”
We’ll see if all the travel involved is a major drawback come mid-September.
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