At the latest About Town, Young Guns participated in an exclusive tour of The Star, a 91-acre campus in Frisco, Texas, that is now considered the Dallas Cowboy’s world headquarters. Upon completion, the campus will feature:
- Ford Center: a state-of-the-art, 510,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco, and Frisco ISD’s high schools.
- Cowboys Club & Cowboys Fit: Two exclusive private membership options that provide access to club space overlooking the Dallas Cowboys practice fields and a 60,000-square-foot gym.
- Omni hotel: A 300-room hotel adjacent to The Star, providing direct access to the facility. The hotel is set to open in summer 2017.
- Medical facility: A 300,000-square-foot facility to be known as the Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star. The Cowboys partnered with Baylor Scott & White in hopes of creating a destination recognized worldwide for sports medicine and athletic performance. This is wet to open late 2017 or early 2018.
- Entertainment district: Various restaurant and shopping options that include familiar names like Cane Rosso, Liberty Burger, Mi Cocina, and Neighborhood Services.
Despite hosting the grand opening in August 2016, tours only became available in March 2017. TREC Young Guns were lucky enough to receive one of the first looks of all completed portions of the campus. For those that have not had the opportunity, we bring you the most interesting takeaways from the day:
- The corporate office Grand Atrium features a one-of-a-kind LED sculpture titled “Volume Frisco” created by artist Leo Villareal.
- The pre and post-game press room is located in the Grand Atrium with full visibility to the public. The room showcases the first banner that was behind Jerry Jones during the press conference when he purchased the team.
- A wall of every NFL team helmet that light up according to the Cowboys opponent each week. Per the NFL’s rules, when helmets are on display, they all must face right and be in alphabetical order by division.
- The Nike Star Walk is a wall of milestones that progresses down a long hall showcasing a collection of the 10 most significant milestones in Dallas Cowboys history. It ends with a mannequin display of the evolution of the team’s uniforms dating back to 1960. The #12 mannequin is outfitted in Roger Staubach’s cleats. Unfortunately for the mannequin, the toes had to be cut off in order to fit the cleats.
- Speaking of Roger Staubach, there is a photo progression that highlights the 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the closing seconds of a 1975 NFC playoff game. The story goes that the Cowboys quarterback closed his eyes and said “Hail Mary” before throwing his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson.
- The ‘Boys’ locker room seemed to be slightly telling of the players’ personalities (or we could be reading in to it). But it seems Dez Bryant likes a quick getaway with a locker placed right by the exit and Dak Prescott has Nike flip flops particularly placed leaning against his seat (superstition?).
After graduating from Boston University in 2014, Erin Mullen joined BOK Financial as part of the Accelerated Career Track Training program. Erin is currently a Banking Officer in the Bank of Texas Commercial Real Estate group. She has been a TREC member since Fall 2015.