FRISCO, Texas – Since its grand opening in 2009, AT&T Stadium has hosted many of sports' biggest events. The Cowboys view their future new world headquarters, The Star in Frisco, as another main attraction – possibly for a future NFL Draft, or maybe even a future NFL Scouting Combine.
On Wednesday the Cowboys and Baylor Scott & White Health broke ground on a 300,000-foot changing sports medicine, research and performance facility that will focus on injury prevention, research and wellness for athletes of all levels. Set for completion in 2018, Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star will be a state-of-the-art facility that could help accommodate an event such as the league's annual combine, which will continue to be held in Indianapolis through 2020.
"We don't ever think anything is too big to hope for," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "We certainly will have to get our hands around what we have here versus what would really be needed.
"Obviously, I have nothing but the greatest respect for Indy and all the things they've done for the combine over the years. But as we well know, whether it's Super Bowls or whatever, sometimes things move around. Our goals is to get as many world-class things here in Frisco, in Arlington that we can do. We think we have two crown jewels in AT&T Stadium and now The Star. We certainly want to get as many things to our fans as we can. Our fans deserve the best."
The Cowboys have already expressed interest in hosting a future NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium and/or The Star.
"Anytime you go after something you're optimistic, you're competitive and you want to win," Jones said. "We certainly want to get the draft and I think we're going to get our chance to compete for it. Hopefully as I just mentioned, with these two great facilities in AT&T Stadium as well as The Star, I like our chances. But we've got a lot of work to do. It will be competitive, but we certainly want to get it."